William N. Houston Jr.

July 15, 1954 ‒ September 15, 2019

Gambier, Ohio

William N. Houston Jr., age 65, of Gambier, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at his daughter’s residence.  He was born on July 15, 1954 in Corona, California the son of William “Nick” and Agnes (Vanek) Houston.  William retired from the Mount Vernon Developmental Center as a therapeutic worker and was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
William was a loving, dedicated and sensitive father, son, brother, uncle, grandparent and friend. William was full of joy and personality, able to strike up a conversation with anyone. He had an insatiable desire to learn and was an avid reader. William enjoyed gardening on Bailey Road and the family farm for many years.  He loved attending annual family reunions, traveling, hiking in nature and mushroom hunting. He served on the Gambier Zoning Committee for several years, as a St. Paul’s “farm week” volunteer and as a baseball and softball coach for his children’s teams.
He is survived by his children, Melanie (Michael Cullen IV) Houston of Grandview Heights, Ohio and William (Landra) Houston III of Howard, Ohio, four grandchildren, Quinn Cullen, Michael “Mack” Cullen V, William “Liam” Houston IV and Walker Houston, siblings, Tom Houston of Barre, Massachusetts, Barbara (Dan) Donegan of Howard, Ohio and John Houston of Eugene, Oregon, mother of his children, Sherry L. (Mark) Arnold.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a son Caleb Tanner Clark.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 101 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where friends may call from 4 p.m. until the time of service.  Rev. Karl Stevens will be officiating.
Memorial contributions in William’s name may be made to University of Findlay Endowment Fund, Caleb T. Clark scholarship fund (1000 N Main Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840).
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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of William N. Houston Jr.
  • I worked with Will in direct care at MVDC. He was always so funny and caring. Saw him out a few times since retirement. Gone too soon. Colleen Totman Milligan

  • I remember being five or six years old and being in awe of my cousin Will because he was a baseball player. We lived too far away too see much of each other but when we did it was always a nice time. I’ll always be grateful to Will for making the trip to North Carolina to be with us when my fathet died. RIP Will. You are missed you are loved. Larry

  • As a high school classmate of Will’s, I am saddened at his passing. I always enjoyed conversations with Will and his zest for an active life.
    He will be missed among those in the Class of ‘72.

    Sincere sympathy to his family.

    Roger Marra

  • Melanie, William and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Will. I worked with him at MVDC as well as Sherry. I have seen him a few times since retiring, especially when he was at Country Court visiting loved ones. He was a caring person and so knowledgeable. But most of all he loved his family. He was so proud of all of you!! Hang on to your great memories, they will help you through this difficult time. Prayers for all of you! May Will Rest In Peace!
    Love to all,
    Laurie Stelts

  • I am so sorry to read about Will. My condolences to the family, especially to John, who I know will all miss him greatly.

  • I worked with Will several times, he always had a smile on his face, & made people laugh, definitely gone to soon, prayers to the family

  • Dear Houston Family,

    Keeping you all close in my heart, thoughts & prayers. May peace and fond memories be your comfort in the days ahead.

  • Dear Barb, Tom and John,
    We send our deepest sympathy to you and your loved ones in the loss of Will. Your family always will have a special place in our hearts and we reflect fondly on the memories of you as neighbors on Dixie Dr. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers,
    John & Linda (Thibaut) McBride
    Houston, TX

  • Prayers of comfort & strength. I worked with Will at MVDC & he was always one to make you laugh. I also worked with his mother, Agnes, at Mercy Hospital. Great family friends.

  • So sorry to hear about Will, worked with him when we were in Groundkeep at MVDC in the late 80s to the early 90s. He was fun person to work with.

  • So sorry to hear about Will, worked with him when we were in Groundkeeping at MVDC in the late 80s to the early 90s. He as fun person to work with.

  • 9-17-19
    My sympathies to the Houston Family
    I did not work in the same department or area as Will when I was at MVDC but I did know him and Sherry from our work time there. I remember him as being a kind, caring and funny person. I left MVDC in 1998 and unfortunately never have seen Will since.
    I am sorry that his has passed and hope that his loved ones can get thru this hard time.

  • I’m finding it extremely difficult to type while crying. Will, as my oldest male cousin, was as close to me as a brother. Will was so special to our family calling him Will wasn’t enough. He was always Cousin Will. A title that represented our love and respect for him.

    We shared good and bad times. Although, we had disagreements they were always eventually reconciled. We shared countless childhood adventures, literally over river and through the woods. As adults we reflected on where we erred in our lives and how we could commit to become better men. As old men we reveled on the power and beauty of family as we shared family history and anecdotes.

    Will was a man of unabashed honesty. He once confessed “excuse me I have no filters”. He was true to himself and straight forward with me. He was never much into athletics nor the social around game night. That is until he had children. He become fanatic in support of his children and the games they played. But more than that, was his support for everything they did. The best tribute to his legacy is that his children and grandchildren possess his same curiosity and insatiable desire to learn. Will could speak with confidence and knowledge on about any subject. Will’s presence was always a delight. I miss Will dearly and will continue too until I join him across the abyss. There is an indelible bond that exists among cousins, one that spans time and distance, even generations. With that thought in my mind, Rest In Peace, Cousin Will.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss I worked with Will and Sherry at MVDC he was a kind soul may God help you through your pain and keep your memories close to your heart your in our prayers Greg and Connie Quick

  • I was saddened to hear of Will’s passing, leaving us earlier that we expected. I knew Will vicariously, mostly through his brother John. I remember him as being fun and adventurous, and always curious and thoughtful. My condolences to John and the Houston family. Will, may you rest in peace.

  • My condolences to Will’s family. He was a good man. I enjoyed working with him and Sherry at MVDC. Will always made me laugh. When I would run into him out and about, he would always crack a joke or two. He will be missed.

  • Melanie, William snd family:
    I am in shock! Will was one if my favorite people. When I began my career at MVDC, Will was one of the first people who made me feel welcome. He had such a huge heart and love for laughter. He sure did make work fun. He loved his family so much and was soooo proud to be a Grandpa. You all have my heartfelt sympathy. You are in my prayers.

  • We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was always so nice and quick to speak a kind word. He came out a while back to visit with John and that really meant alot to him. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. ❤️

  • Condolences to my Houston cousins. Hold your memories close. May Willie be at peace, hanging out with Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Nick, Aunt Agnes, Caleb and the rest who have passed. They are having their own reunion. I will miss him dearly.

  • Melanie, Will, Tom, Barbara, and John,

    My dad and my brothers and I send our condolences. Will was one of the first cousins to introduce himself to Aunt Jean’s grandchildren to make us feel like members of the family.

  • So sorry for the loss of a very kind and caring sole. Will was always a pleasure to talk with at MVDC and Country Court. My prayers are with you.

  • Will was one of my best buddies when he first moved to Mount Vernon. Lots of fond memories of Will and the Houston family. All my best to family and friends during this difficult time.

  • To the Dan Donegan Family, We are so sorry to hear of this loss of your brother, brother-in-law and uncle. We weren’t privileged to know Will personally but we know you and so reach out to express our sympathies and continued prayer for comfort for all of you as you suffer this loss. In the love of Christ, Paul and Sandy

  • Dear Houston Family,
    I send my condolences to you all. Will was a good friend for many, many years. Although I didn’t see him often, when I did it was like a continuation of our last conversation. Our last chat was in the Village Inn in Gambier. May the memory of good things give you strength and peace.
    Sincerely,
    David Seitz

  • A friendlier guy would be hard to find. I graduated from MVHS with Will and years would go by between each time we ran into each other. It didn’t matter….he’d want to catch up. I’m so sorry that our chance meetings will no longer happen and his orneriness is gone. This is a loss to many and you have my deepest sympathy Houston family.

  • So very sorry to hear of Will’s passing…No one lived in Mt. Vernon without knowing the Houston family. You will all be in my prayers….

  • Will was one of the nicest guys I knew in high school. I think we were in eighth grade together at Pleasant Street school, and were friends throughout high school. I never saw him as an adult (when I moved back to MV) and I’m sorry I didn’t even know that he was living here. Like me, he was kind of shy, so I suppose he just didn’t say hi when our paths crossed. I was so sad to see that he had died so young. In reading the comments, it is clear that he was the same kind and thoughtful man throughout his life as he was when I met him so long ago.