William N. Houston Jr.
July 15, 1954 ‒ September 15, 2019
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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