Howard K. Mace, 84


Howard Kelvin Mace, 84 years old of Hazleton, formerly of Independence and Jesup, died Thursday, May 27, 2021, at UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Pastor Howard Kelvin Mace was born, March 4, 1937, at Missouri Valley, the son of Howard Clarence Mace and Gertrude Fern (Powley) Mace. He graduated from Missouri Valley High School with the class of 1955. On June 5, 1956, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Irene Block in Missouri Valley.  Pastor Mace became a Moody Bible Institute graduate, while being an assistant Pastor in Los Angeles, California. He then went on to Pastor in Malvern, Lisbon, Wayland, Jesup and Independence. Howard also Pastored in Cozad, Neb., and Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. While Pastoring in Independence, Evelyn passed away from cancer in 1994. After Pastoring, Howard retired on May 15, 2016. He continued to fill pulpits for meetings and events until his death. Howard has enjoyed a lifetime of blessings and has touched many lives. His favorite Bible verse was John 3:16. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Howard Mace is survived by two daughters, Julia "Julie" (Brian) Weeber of Iowa City, Jennifer (David) Sterba of Wayland; one son, Kermit "Butch" (Angela) Mace of Clanton, Ala.; 17 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Karen (Ken) Moore of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Carol (Bob) Lance of Missouri Valley; also, a daughter-in-law, Kim Mace of Hot Springs, Arkansas. In addition to his wife, Evelyn; one son, Pastor Robert Mace; his parents and two sisters, Marie Burtlson and Esta Jones, preceded him in death. Online condolences may be posted at

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 3, 2021, at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 300 Ralston Road, Waterloo.

With Pastor Mike Davis officiating and assisted by Pastor Andy Doll and Pastor Kermit “Butch” Mace.  Casket Bearers were John Moore, David Sterba, Larry Karsten, James Graber, Caleb Mace, and Joseph Sterba.

Visitation was Thursday until service time at the church. Burial was held Friday, June 4, 2021, at Branson Cemetery in Loveland. Online condolences may be posted at

White Funeral Home, 1315 Main Street, Jesup, IA, was in charge of the arrangements.


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