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Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home & Memorial Park

2551 North Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA

OBITUARY

Irving Frederick Houck

November 30, 1933May 11, 2020

Irving F. Houck was born in Cook Falls, New York, and after proudly serving 22 years in the Army and Air Force, he called Newport News, Virginia his home.

Irving was preceded in death by his wife, Margot Houck; parents, Grace Elizabeth Houck and Raymond Wood Houck Sr. and brother, Raymond Wood Houck, Jr.

Alive to cherish his memories, are Irving's children, Tammy Brown and Irving Martin, as well as his sister, Christina Howard and her children, Debbie, Jeff, Mindy and Tammy. He also made many dear friends along the way that will miss him.

Upon retiring from the Air Force in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Irving moved his family to Charles City, Virginia to become the caretaker of a 1,000-acre farm. There, his focus became restoring the property, and it is now considered a Virginian landmark.

Irving also held many other job titles, such as truck driver, bus driver, and painter. On the rare occasion that he wasn't working, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and dancing.

Due to the current pandemic, there will not be a service at this time. Please feel free to share fond memories and words of condolence with the family.

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Donna Bocknight-Martin

May 19, 2020

Irving F Houck was my father-in-law. He was one of a kind and will always hold a very special place in my heart. He had the gift of gab, a contagious laugh, a winning smile and a heart of gold. He was a very hard worker and was always at the ready to lend a helping hand. He was a bit of a trickster too. He has been a major part of my life for over half my life...over 35 years.
One of my fondest memories was him with a huge smile and opened arms being the first to literally welcome me into his family...sealed with a kiss. That meant the world to me. He later told me to stop calling him Mr. Houck and that I was his daughter. So from that day on I called him Dad. My final conversation with Dad was last month. His last words to me was "Thank you for calling and thank you for letting me get things off my chest...I love you." I will always cherish that, our last and longest phone conversation. As well as cherishing the memory of him and all he stood for.
Enjoy your coffee...I Love You Dad!❤

Margot Lloyd

May 19, 2020

We met Irvine many years ago at the CB Club and enjoyed the live Country and Western bands and dancing. Irvine liked to dance with the ladies. Irvine always had a smile for everyone and he was a pleasure to be around. We will miss Irvine very much and we know he is probably dancing the Texas Waltz on the other side.
Love you, Margot Lloyd and Gary Noakes.

Nathan Cartwright.

May 18, 2020

Wonderful person. Will be missed. Helper, Father,Mentor. God bless you Tammy and JR.
Love, Nathan

Carolyn Carney

May 16, 2020

I was blessed to know Big Irving and to call him Pops. He was such a friendly, happy man. Even when ill he could light up a room with his flirtatious ways and hearty laughter. I was so lucky to have known him and witness the bond between Big and “Little” Irving. He was generous in so many ways, clearly evident in his willingness to adopt two children and raise them as his own. Little Irving, thank you for sharing your Dad with me. And Pops, may the coffee, coffee cake, and dance floors be forever perfect. I love you. ❤️

Irving Martin

May 16, 2020

I am very thankful to my Dad for choosing me to be his son and Tammy to be his daughter. He, and my Mom, made a decision to take us into their home when we were newborns. Along the way, he taught me many things that I need every day. One thing that stands out is, being a male of a certain age is not the only criteria for being a man. You are a man when the situation calls for one and you step up and do what needs to be done. I watched him do this many times in order to provide for his family.

We have had the opportunity, over the last three years, to become more than a Father and son. We have become really good friends. We have had two to three visits each week and many phone calls. This is a bond that I will always cherish.

This week, the world lost a wonderful man and I lost my Dad and good friend. I love you Dad.



Don Emond

May 14, 2020

For years, almost every morning a bunch of friends, including Irving, have gathered at a local restaurant for coffee, a lot of good-natured teasing, and many good laughs. Whenever I would visit my mother I always went with her. I got to know Irving and the other regulars there. It was a great way to start the day. I am very sorry to hear of Irving’s passing. He will be missed.

Christina Howard

May 14, 2020

Dear Brother, I am going to miss our phone calls. But I am happy that you are in a better place now. I will be seeing you again and then Mom, Dad, June, You and I will be a family again forever.
I Love You
Sis
(Christina)

Debbie Hamilton

May 14, 2020

Uncle Tink was one of the sweetest people I knew. He was always so happy to talk to us. I will miss him so very much but know he is in a better place and dancing the days away. I am so sorry to both of his kids for their loss but want you to know we love you both.

Tammy Crook

May 14, 2020

Uncle Tink (Irving) was such a kind, gentle man. I didn't get to spend a lot of time with him, but whenever I did see him or speak to him on the phone, he was always smiling. You could hear the smile in his voice. He always called me "sweetheart ". He will be greatly missed by both family and friends. We love you, Uncle Tink.

Jeff Howard

May 13, 2020

Uncle Tink, (Irving), and I had a very special relationship. Every since I was a little kid he treated me like a son. I can't express my sorrow,, I loved him dearly. We always talked about hunting or fishing, he always wanted to know how my season was going.

FROM THE FAMILY

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