Joe Houck
April 29, 1927 - August 18, 2013
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Joe Houck, age 86, passed away in Corsicana on August 18, 2013. He was born on April 29, 1927 in Seminole, Oklahoma to Walter Thomas and Mary Merl (Epperson) Houck. He married Joyce McKinney in Phoenix, Arizona on August 5, 1948.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Maida Joyce Houck; children, Russ Houck and wife Brenda, and Karl Houck; grandchildren, Russ Houck II, Joseph Houck, Brandy White, Jordon Houck, Waylon Ivie, Amber Updegraff, and Taylor Ivie; eleven great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; brothers, Denny Houck and wife Betty, Leo Houck and wife Sue, Hank Houck and wife Pat, Bill Houck and wife Dashie, and George Houck and wife Georgia; sister, Dorothy Joe Marks.

Joe is preceded in death by his father, Walter Calvin Houck; and his mother, Mary Merl Houck; and sisters, El Wanda Almond and Wanda Terrel.

Our dad served in the US Navy during World War II, was decorated many times, had 4 ships shot out from under him, was a member of the elite UDT, which later became “The Seals”, fought in many battles including Mid-Way and was the light-heavy weight boxing champion of the Army-Navy-Marines.

Dad loved the oilfields and drilling for oil. He was also an incredible dancer and worked once as a dance instructor. Joe Houck was also “the real John Wayne” and all you had to do was follow him around to get all the material you ever wanted for a movie. He was a leader of men. He taught us to respect all men, to never judge a man by his stature or color and to defend the helpless.
As incredible as Joe's fighting skills were, that was not what he was about. Joe’s legacy is about hard work and love. Our dad loved harder that any man we have ever known. Born into the great depression, Joe grew up in world without much love. He made sure that all of us knew each day that he loved us. Although he told us that he loved us, it was his actions more than his words that made you understand. He taught us many things, including Tada-rink! KJ sums it up in a little slogan, “Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe.”

We meet many people on this journey called life, but very few can we call truly great men. Joe Houck was one of those people and no one will ever fill those shoes.
Joe Houck… you're Our Hero, Our Dad, Our Teacher and Our friend. We love you and miss you already.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 PM. on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Ennis.

Service will be held at 10 A.M. on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Ennis. Interment will follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet, Texas.

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Arrangements are under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, 800 S. Kaufman, Ennis, Texas. 972-878-2211


Wednesday August 21, 2013, 6 - 8 PM at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home - Ennis
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Thursday August 22, 2013, 10 AM at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home - Ennis
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Thursday August 22, 2013 at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park
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