James Houck

James E Houck

Tuesday, October 11th, 1949 - Friday, December 21st, 2018
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Obituary

James E. Houck, 69, of North Huntingdon passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and children on December 21, 2018. Jim was the son of E. Jane Houck and the late Morris Houck. He is survived by his wife, Marianne, a daughter, Jennifer (and Derek Kassimer), son James (and Jennifer) Houck, and grandchildren Ashley, Joey, Beckett, P.J. and Caiden.
Jim was one of the good guys in this world. He would help anyone in need. He devoted his time and talents to fix anything. Although he lived less than the average life span, Jim didn’t live an average life. He was married to his love for over 41 years and worked for the same company, Compacting Tooling Inc., for over 30 years. Jim restored a 100+ yr old house with his carpentry talents and saved countless pieces of furniture to resell at the Lincoln Highway Hub where he was affectionately known as the “Hubmaster.”
He lived an adventurous life. He survived tractor rolls, falling branches hitting his head, and numerous close calls with his power tools. He was a machinist by trade and meticulous with his woodworking skills. He thought of life in “thous” and “hundred thous,” not hours and minutes. His legacy will live on in the gifts he made for his children, grandchildren, and friends. He will forever be missed by his furry kids, Macey, Pip, and “Big” Kitty boy.
A special thank you to Bridges Hospice- especially nurse Karl and Aide Lisa, our nurse Michele, and our special friends Tom & Shirley, Kirk & Sharon, and Rich & Ginny. All are family in the true sense of the word. We could not have given Jim the support he truly deserved without each and everyone of you. We love you. May the Lord shower his blessings on each and everyone of you. Friends will be received on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at the Ott Funeral Home, Inc., 805 Pennsylvania Avenue where a funeral service will be held on Friday at 10 am.
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Service Details

  • First Visitation

    Thursday, December 27th, 2018 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Thursday, December 27th, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Ott Funeral Home Inc.
    Address
    805 Pennsylvania Avenue
    IRWIN, PA 15642
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, December 27th, 2018 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, December 27th, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Ott Funeral Home Inc.
    Address
    805 Pennsylvania Avenue
    IRWIN, PA 15642
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, December 28th, 2018 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, December 28th, 2018 10:00am
    Location
    Ott Funeral Home Inc.
    Address
    805 Pennsylvania Avenue
    IRWIN, PA 15642
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Father Roniel Duenas

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Pleasant Hills Middle School Staff

Posted at 10:35am
In memory of James Houck. May he rest in peace!
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Chris Monahan

Posted at 10:45am
Jen, I’m so very sorry for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you all
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Gloria Herriot

Posted at 06:17pm
Maryann, Jennifer and Jimmy. I’m sorry to hear of your loss. Jim was a special person and will always be missed.
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Lisa Giordano

Posted at 11:50am
Its was a true honor to have taken care of Jim in his months. Marianne such a devoted, loving wife welcoming myself & hospice company into her home. I cant say it enough just how much Jim was loved by his wife and family. This Obit was beautifully written, i was able to imagine what kind of man he was& how he lived his life.. the world was a better place with a man like Jim in it.. Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hands... your friend, Lisa G.
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Heath, Adelyn, and Sarah (Dellinger) Story

Posted at 03:09pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I will always have such great memories of growing up with a wonderful neighbor.
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