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William H. Houck, 88


January 1, 2007


William H. Houck, 88, of 401 Water Street Danville PA died Saturday afternoon December 30 2006 at Nottingham Village Nursing Home Northumberland PA.  He was born September 12, 1918 in Berwick PA the son of the late Maurice and Margaret Meixell Houck. 

He graduated from Berwick High School in 1936 and attended Bloomsburg State Teachers College for two years.  Mr. Houck then graduated from Penn State University in 1941 with a Bachelorís of Science Degree in Agronomy.  He received his Masters in Education from Bucknell University in 1963.  Mr. Houck served as a private with the United States Army during World War II where he served in Africa and through Italy to France and Germany.  He was employed as an agronomist for 15 years by the United States Department of Agriculture in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York.  He was also employed by the Federal Penitentiary in Lewisburg PA in the Farming Department for several years.  Mr. Houck taught Physics, Chemisty and Mathematics at the Milton High School for 23 years retiring in 1978.

He was a member of the Derry Mennonite Church Danville PA.  Mr. Houck had a unique gospel sign ministry along area roads for the past 30 years.  He enjoyed camping and gardening and visiting his friends at the Danville Sub Shop.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, The Danville Moose and The Danville VFW Post 298.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Elnora Unger Houck whom he married November 29, 1946.  He is also survived by two sons; Donald M. Houck and daughter-in-law Patricia of Sayre PA and Kim C. Houck and daughter-in-law Sunny of Virginia Beach VA and one daughter Susan J. McLaughlin and son-in-law John of Danville PA.  Also surviving are eight grandchildren.  He is also survived by one sister Frances Miner.  He was preceded in death by one daughter Charlotte A. Houck in infancy and one brother Kenneth Houck and sister-in-law Barbara.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 3:00 PM at the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA with his Pastor Keith Miller officiating.  Burial will be private in Mt. Vernon Cemetery Riverside PA.  Friends will be received from 2:00 PM until time of service.  The family will provide flowers.  Memorial contributions may be made to The Derry Mennonite Church 520 Preserve Road Danville PA. 


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