Helen Marie Houck

October 4, 1921October 7, 2020

Helen Marie Houck, 99, of Greencastle passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at Asbury Towers.

Helen was born in Madison, Wisconsin on October 4, 1921, the daughter of Hiriam and Martha (Fjelde) Jome, and was a 1939 graduate of Greencastle High School. She received her degree in Home Economics from DePauw University in 1943.

Mrs. Houck was the oldest member of Gobin United Methodist Church. She was a member of PEO, Chapter CB, and helped establish the Putnam County Playhouse. She was a member of Delta Theta Tau, and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sororities. She was instrumental in starting Putnam County Learning Center for the developmentally disabled. She also helped start the clothes closet in Putnam County which served people who were less fortunate or victims of tragedy. Helen was a Docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for 25 years.

Survivors include her two children, David Houck, (wife-Carolyn), and Robert Houck; a sister, Florence Louise “Ducky” Donner; three grandchildren, Ellen Looney, (husband-Michael), Cyndi Tottleben, (husband-Tom), and Andrew Houck, (wife-Adeline); two nieces and a nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a husband, James Houck.

The family will be planning a memorial service at Gobin United Methodist Church at a later date.

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Becky Ragsdale

October 13, 2020

Mrs Houck was an awesome teacher and a pretty cool lady. As a student of hers at Greencastle Middle School, I remember her engaging us to think. She encouraged us to question what we read and express ourselves freely without fear of being told our thoughts were wrong. It was neat to go to Houck’s Records across from the library and sometimes see Mrs. Houck helping out. She understood kids. May she rest in eternal peace! God Bless, Becky Hunter Ragsdale 🙏🏻

Judith George

October 9, 2020

Helen, you were one of the dearest people to walk this earth!
You had a warm and sharing spirit. You were always interested in others, and what was going on in their lives. You approached life with an attitude of joy; always having a ready smile for everyone. What a gracious person, you were! And, your laugh, I will always remember your laugh. It was special, with a kind of chuckle contained within. And, your love of family was special, too. You were devoted to your husband, and to your two sons, never forgetting the one who could not share fully in life. David, Carolyn, Andy, and step daughters were the shining stars in your life. And, then there was your cat, who was the attraction at our PEO meetings where you were the most gracious hostess. Cat welcomed us too, by sitting in our midst and investigating our purses. You were among the most celebrated PEOs and we love your dearly.

Love in PEO,
Judy George

Dale Kelleher

October 9, 2020

From PEO Nobelsville chapter EH
Peace be with all of you at this time.
A life well lived is a true blessing.
Dale Kelleher PEO

Corrine Phillips

October 8, 2020

Mrs. Helen was such a joy to be around. Every time is saw her she always had a smile on her face. She was so sweet and caring.
Sending my love and prayers.- Corrine (from asbury towers)