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“My deepest sympathy to the family. I knew Bob from bowling on Tuesday nights at Blackhawk. He always had a smile on his face and a great joke to go...Read More »
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“We are very sorry for your loss lived by Bob and was very kind and generous to everyone and will be missed ”
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“To the family of Bob Houck,I am so sorry for your loss. Bob and I went to school together, he was always a great friend who will greatly missed. ”
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“Susan: I am praying for peace and healing for your heart. I was devastated when my dad passed away, so I can empathize with you. I wish you and your...Read More »
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FRANKLIN GROVE – Robert E. Houck, age 87, formerly of Rock Falls died Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Meadows Assisted Living in Franklin Grove.
Robert was born on April 13, 1931 in Woosung the son of John and Sadie (Farster) Houck. He married Ruth Marshall on December 31, 1960 in LeClaire, Iowa. She died October 17, 2009. His greatest joys came in sharing his loving, kindness to children; and especially his two granddaughters, Sadie and Vivian. Robert was employed as a Heavy Equipment Operator with Lawrence & Sons Contracting for over 40 years retiring in 1993. He proudly served as a Sergeant in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a 50 year member of the Sterling American Legion and a lifetime member of Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Robert enjoyed a lifetime of bowling and was known for his woodworking skills.
Survivors include, two daughters, Lynn (Tim) O'Laughlin of Amboy and Susan (Josh) Clark of Lafayette, Ind.; two sisters, Phyllis Wittenauer of Amboy and Cheryl (Vern) Shetler of Polo; four brothers, Wilmer "Bill" Houck of Sterling, Donald Houck of Dixon, Walter (Sandy) Houck of Roscoe and Dennis Houck of Polo; two granddaughters, Sadie Kay O'Laughlin and Vivian O'Laughlin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Mary, Darlene, Dorothy, Janet and Pat; one brother, Ber.
A gathering of family and friends will be 5-7:00 PM Monday, June 25, 2018 at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Memorial service will be Tuesday at 11:00 at the funeral home with Chaplain Christopher Ausler of Unity Hospice officiating. Private burial will be held at a later date at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.
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