Ronald Eugene “Ron” Houck
December 06, 1938 ‒ March 05, 2015
Ronald Eugene “Ron” Houck, age 76, of Cardington, died Thursday evening, March 5, 2015, at the Woodside Village Care Center in Mount Gilead, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
On December 6, 1938, Ron was born in Etna, OH, the son of the late Robert Henry and Doris (Moore) Houck.
A U.S. Army veteran of 13 years, he proudly served his country in Vietnam. During his time in the service, he also completed his high school degree from Sunbury High School.
While stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas, he met a wonderful young woman, Beatrice Irene Cessna. They began dating and were married May 28, 1960 in Alma, Kansas. They have been married over 54 years and raised three children along the way.
For over 20 years, Ron was employed by Signal Delivery as an over the road truck driver. He then spent the last 9 years of his career driving for Roadway, retiring in 1999.
Ron’s family liked to think of him as a “weekend cowboy.” He loved riding horses and took the family camping several times over the years at Mohican State Park and Zaleski State Forest, both having many horse trails. He also enjoyed fishing, boating and camping at Delaware State Park.
A jack of all trades, Ron was great working with his hands fixing things around the home and woodworking. He always had coffee in the mornings with his buddies at the Pilot off of State Route 61. He loved spending time with his family and spoiling his canine companion of many years, Sadie Mae. Ron could be a bit stubborn and opinionated at times, but he was a man who knew what he wanted and how he liked things done.
Ron will be dearly missed by his wife, Beatrice, of Cardington; two sons: Rickie Lee Houck of Delaware, Ronald Edward (Kathryn) Houck of Marengo; a daughter, Christina Irene (James) Curry of Cardington; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a brother, William (Sharon) Houck of California; a half sister, Judy (John) Smith of Marengo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Rudy Friece and a sister, Mary Lou Snyder.
Ron’s family will greet friends from 4 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Jenkins-Vaughan American Legion Post 97, 307 Park Ave, Cardington, OH 43315. Military honors provided by the active duty U.S. Army and the Jenkins Vaughan American Legion Post 97 will be held there at 5:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Woodside Village Care Center, Activity Fund, 841 W. Marion Rd., Mount Gilead, OH 43338.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Ron’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.