Photo: Bryan/Howland/Gardner/1970-2020

Bryan Keith Howland, 50, of Gardner, passed away Sunday evening, August 30, 2020 in Morris Hospital. He was born April 1, 1970 in Joliet, the son of Keith and Mary Lou (Valerio) Howland.

Raised and educated in Gardner, Bryan graduated from Gardner-South Wilmington High School with the Class of 1988. After high school, he enrolled in the DeVry Institute of Technology’s electrician’s program, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree.  Bryan was an Eagle Scout and enjoyed gaming, movies and NASCAR.  He was a member of Church of Hope in Gardner.

He is survived by his parents, Keith and Mary Lou; sister, Carrie (Daniel) Conlon; special friend, Kim Davis; Uncle Alan Howland; uncle and aunt, Charles and Karen Valerio; and cousins: Stephanie Howland Porth and son Tyler; Erica (Guido) Persinger and their children: Jonathan Gill, Kaitlyn Gill, and Madeline Persinger; and Dodie Howland and her children: Lindsy White and Justin White.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Francis and Evelyn Howland and maternal grandparents William and Frances Valerio.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday September 3, 2020 at 10:30am in the Braceville Gardner Cemetery with Pastor Janet Chandler of Church of Hope officiating.  Bryan will be laid to rest with his paternal grandparents. Aqua Cremation rites have been accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bryan’s name to the Church of Hope, 202 N. Monroe St,  Gardner, IL 60424 or the Gardner Fire Protection District, 206 Depot St, Gardner IL 60424.

An online guestbook has been made for the family, where you may sign the guestbook, share memories and photographs. You can access this by visiting the website

Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W. Washington Street, Morris, IL.