James M. Houck

September 22, 1921July 26, 2013

James M. Houck, 91, of Greencastle passed away on Friday, July 26, 2013. He was born on September 22, 1921 in Putnam County to David W. Houck and Norris McPherson Houck.

Jim attended Manhattan School; was a graduate of Greencastle High School, DePauw University and graduated from the IU School of Law in Indianapolis with Honors.

Mr. Houck served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. His training at Georgetown University was as a Japanese linguist.

In 1962, he opened a law practice in Greencastle. Later that same year, he became the Putnam County Prosecuting Attorney, a position that he held for four terms.

Mr. Houck and Judge Francis Hamilton were responsible for ending segregation in Putnam County, prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Jim was a member of the American Legion Post #58, B.P.O.E. # 1077, and the Indiana Bar Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a great-grandson, Samuel Papion Houck.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Helen Jome Houck; two sons, David J Houck and wife, Carolyn of Greencastle and Robert E. Houck of Ellettsville; grandchildren, Ellen Mercer Looney, Cynthia Mercer Tottleben and Andrew K. Houck; and a great-granddaughter, Brina Tottleben.

Private graveside services will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery with Rev. John Eley officiating.

Memorials may be made to Asbury Towers Endowment.


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Mary Drouillard

August 9, 2013

Wow, "responsible for ending segregation in Putnam County, prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. " What a legacy! Please accept our condolences.

August 7, 2013

David and Carolyn, we learned today that David's father has died. We know that he had been ill for some time and perhaps this event was anticipated.
But, we pause at such time to say that we are sorry for the loss for he was loved by his family and friends, and he has contributed to his community in many positive ways. The world is a better place because he cared and tried to do right. Sincerely, Stan & Linda

Pam Spiker

July 30, 2013

I worked for Mr. Houck for 13-1/2 years. He and I developed a good working relationship (often working through his cases in the office. He'd ask my opinion and I'd give it. but I'm not sure he was very happy when I "disagreed" with him. I remember telling him to stop rattling his pocket change or keep his hands out of his pocket as he was giving his arguments in Court, something he never realized he did. So he finally agreed to leave his change on my desk until he returned from his hearing. I know that he always gave everything he had in him when representing his clients. The Houck family always treated me very well, like family, and they were a big part of shaping my future. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. With deep heartfelt thoughts. Love, Pam Spiker

July 30, 2013

Dear Helen and family: I read in today's issue of Jim's passing and it brought back so many memories of friends and things that happened many years prayers and throughts are with you and the family. Bless you all...Anna Marie (Ernberg-Carney) De Grande.

July 30, 2013

In working with Mr. Houck, I always found him to be a gentleman in every way. David and Carolyn, you have my deepest sympathy. Glennda Deem

Suzie and Denny Crowder

July 29, 2013

Another star will shine abit brighter in the night sky now because Mr. Houck will be among them! David and Carolyn, our thoughts and prayers will be with you and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to let us know! Love, Suzie and Denny

July 29, 2013

Jim was one the remaining "old school" lawyers - a true defender of his client's position yet a true gentleman. Matt Headley