Cloise Houk Jr., 84, formerly of 1700 Wurtemburg Road, Ellwood City (Wayne Twp.), died on Thursday morning, April 2, 2009 at The Worthington at Adams Assisted Living in Mars, PA.
He was born in Ellwood City, PA on October 4, 1924 to the late Cloise Houk, Sr. and the late Florence Klingensmith Houk.
He had worked as a design draftsman at Aetna-Standard until retiring in 1986. He served in the US Navy during World War II.
He graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
He belonged to F.& A.M. #599, Ellwood Lodge and was recently awarded his 50-year pin on Monday, March 30, 2009. He also belonged to the Valley of New Castle Consistory and the Syria Shrine. He was a member of the Apple Dumpling Gang, VFW Post 252, the Ellwood-Wampum Rod & Gun Club, he was past president of the Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department and past president of the Coachman Chapter 28, Blazing Stars. He loved riding and caring for his horses and caring for his dogs. He enjoyed hunting and traveling and camping with the Coachman Club. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren and attended everything they did.
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his wife of 61 years, Patricia A. Evans Houk, who died on February 28, 2006. They were married on May 5 1945.
He was also preceded by two sisters, Eleanor Houk Zikeli and Phyllis Houk Barker, and a grandson in infancy.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, and one daughter and son-in-law: Stanley (and Barbara) Houk of Dyer, IN; Jeffrey (and Janetta) Houk of Butler, PA; and Beth (and Mark) Aiken of New Castle.
Six Grandchildren, Christopher (and Victoria) Houk, Meredith Knight, Justin Houk, Jacqualyn (and David) Tedeski, Lindsey Aiken (and fiancée Brian Woroszylo), and Matthew Aiken, and one great grandchild, Olivia Houk, also survive. His sister, Esther (and Wayne) Bartle Heidt, of Westlake, OH, also survives.
No public visitation is planned.
Memorial services are planned for Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 6:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church, Fifth Street at Crescent Avenue, Ellwood City, with the Rev. Dr. James A. Durlesser, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Daugherty Twp.
Members of F.& A.M. #599, Ellwood Lodge will provide Masonic Funeral Services.
Full military rites will be performed by the Veterans Honor Guard at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Humane Society, P.O. Box 62, New Castle, PA 16103.
Arrangements are entrusted to the TURNER FUNERAL HOME, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, Ellwood City. Send Flowers / Gift Basket | Sign Guest Book (Online Condolence) | View Guest Book | Send Condolence (Offline)