Bob "Hoss" Houmard

February 1, 1947March 29, 2021

Bob “Hoss” Houmard, 74, crossed the final goal line surrounded by his family on March 29, 2021. He was born on February 1, 1947 in Wooster, OH to Milo and Gloria Houmard. Hoss was a Physical Education Teacher with Polk County Schools for over 25 years until he retired in 2006. Jewett School of the arts Athletic field is named in his honor. This is where Houmard started his teaching career in Polk Country. Houmard was an all-American both in high school and in college where he attended Ohio University class of 1969. He was drafted by the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969. During training/tryout camp, Houmard was approached to play professionally in Canada for the Canadian Football League (CFL). He accepted and played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Edmonton Eskimos. Houmard’s professional career ended abruptly after a tractor accident on his farm in Smithville Ohio in 1974.

In his free time Hoss enjoyed fishing with friends, spending quality time with his grandchildren, making woodworking projects for Country Primitives and lots of family gatherings. He served as an officer and was an active member of the Winter Haven Lunker Lovers fishing club for several years.

Hoss is preceded in death by his wife of fifty years Vicki and son-in-law Chad Harrison. He is survived by his brother Ron (Barb) Houmard; children Nikki Harrison (Scott Stewart), Ty Houmard (Melissa Ethington), and Ryan (Lori) Houmard; seven grandchildren, Doug Harrison, Tori Harrison, Kylee Stewart, Haileigh Houmard, Stephen Houmard, Isabelle Houmard, Wyatt Houmard; and one great-grandchild Bristol Harrison.

There will be a private family gathering and then a public Celebration of life event. This will take place at Grove Roots 302 3rd Street SW Winter Haven, FL 33880 Saturday, MAY 22nd from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or to Good Sheppard Hospice (Rose Team) Lakeland, FL

Coach Houmard will be Missed by all AND definitely loved my MOST. We Love you Daddy. YOU ARE THE BEST PART OF ALL OF US! Thank you for being such an incredible Dad and a positive mentor to all the people you’ve touched.


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Bob "Hoss" Houmard

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Jim Weeman

April 4, 2021

RIP, Bobby. To me, you are still the best all-around football player I witnessed to see in Orrville for the past 50 plus years. My sympathies to your family.

Virginia (Ginny) Miller (Moser)

April 2, 2021

So saddened to hear of the passing of Bob. Bob and I were classmates at Orrville High School. He truly was one of the greatest football players that Orrville has ever seen, but what I remember most about Bob was that he treated everyone as a true friend. I have not seen Bob for many years, but I know that he left an impact upon my life, back in the day, by just being "Bob" ! My condolences to the family, He will be missed.

Marge Greenfield

April 1, 2021

Coach was always happy and smiling. We loved to talk about Jeff Gordon & racing. He encouraged my students to always do their best. He loved his family and was a great friend. Coach will be missed by many. May you all find comfort from one another during your loss and in the days ahead. May God bless you.🙏🏻

Connie Heater

April 1, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the family. Bob's wife was my cousin. So sorry for your loss

Melony Walker

April 1, 2021

I am truly sorry to hear about the passing of Coach Houmard! Bob was a great man, wonderful coach and a true friend to many. Rest in peace my friend.

Judi DeVane

April 1, 2021

What a fantastic human your father/grandfather was. I have so many wonderful memories of time spent with Coach that it’s impossible to pick just one.
We laughed and cried together through our days at Jewett School of the Arts.
Fill your hearts with the wonderful memories you all have.
Love to all of you,
Judi DeVane

Nancy Handwerk

April 1, 2021

Nikki and family,
Dave and I send our sympathy to you all in the passing of Bob. What a great, (big) happy guy he was. God bless you all in your grief. Keep the great memories and happy times in your hearts.

Dave and Nancy Handwerk