Meadville Tribune

October 24, 2013

Donald R. Houck


Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — Donald R. Houck, 79, of Meadville and a resident of Crawford County Care Center, died there Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.

He was born in Vernon Township on March 16, 1934, a son of Charles W. and Pearl Reitze Houck. He married Shirley Eckert on Aug. 1, 1953, and she preceded him in death May 5, 2008.

He was a 1953 graduate of Meadville High School and operated a dairy farm in Vernon Township until 1964. He also was a truck driver for Dad’s Products (now Ainsworth Pet Nutrition) for 31 years.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, member and past master of Crawford Masonic Lodge 234, Scottish Rite Bodies of Erie, Zem Zem Shrine Temple of Erie, Crawford County Shrine Club, Kismet Grotto and Elks Lodge 219. He enjoyed bowling and spending many winters in North Fort Myers, Fla.

He is survived by two daughters, Donna J. Waid and her husband, Morris, of Meadville and Cindy L. Flaugh and her husband, Jack, of Meadville; two sons, Richard D. Houck and his wife, Anna Marie, of Meadville and Gerald L. Houck and his wife, Ida, of Meadville; seven grandchildren, Robin DeWalt, Charles D. Houck, Thomas J. Houck, Allison Marie Houck, Kristin Stayer, Amy Terrell and Danielle Houck; a great-granddaughter, Adalee DeWalt; a sister, Janet Wilcox and her husband, Wes, of Sugar Grove; and several nieces and nephews and stepgrandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Bernice L. Weaver, Katherine Swanson and Shirley Merritt.

Calling hours will be Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Robert W. Waid Funeral Home Inc., 581 Chestnut St., Meadville, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Additional calling hour will be Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Larry Peters, associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Interment will be in Greendale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 W. Eighth St., Erie, Pa. 16505; Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335; or the American Cancer Society, 505 Poplar St., Suite 310, Meadville, Pa. 16335.

Memories and condolences may be shared at waidfuneralhome.net.


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