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OBITUARY

Garrett William Houck

November 30, 1946July 14, 2020

Garrett “Gary” William Houck, age 73, of Spring, Texas, died Tuesday morning, July 14, 2020, surrounded by his family at his beloved home. Born November 30, 1946, in Philadelphia, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents Paul John Houck, Jr., Elizabeth (Hesselbacher) Houck, and first wife Rosemary (Schuessler) Houck.

Gary attended St. Joseph Preparatory School in Philadelphia, PA. He continued his education at Penn State University graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. After graduation, he served 2 years in the United States Army. He later went on to get his Masters in Business Administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Gary completed a fulfilling career of 35 years at Merck pharmaceutical company. He held various positions during his time at Merck. Most of his tenure was spent supporting the development of new treatment options for patients. Gary was a strong communicator with excellent relationship building skills. His biggest strength was managing and developing employees. His positive impact was felt even after his retirement.

Gary truly lived his life to the fullest. He often said, he lived like the Frank Sinatra song; “My Way.” He loved spending time with family and friends, traveling, golfing, bowling, taking trips to the beach, and watching Penn State football. Gary enjoyed singing silly songs to his grandchildren and serving them ice cream for breakfast. He had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. He was a friend to all. Gary had the biggest heart and would do anything he could to help others. For more than 17 years Gary fought his battle with Parkinson’s Disease. One of the things that helped Gary with this fight was the time he spent at Rock Steady Boxing North Houston. Boxing helped to enhance his quality of life. He also built some amazing friendships.

Gary is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 27 years, Louise “Weezy” Houck; along with his daughters: Jamie Chappell and husband Jerry, Nancy Rudolph and husband John, Michele Holter and husband Michael; son: Garrett “Rett” Houck, Jr.; 7 loving siblings; and many nieces, nephews, and relatives. He was a beloved Pop-Pop to his 9 grandchildren: Shawn, Jennifer, Anna, Nicole, Courtney, Mikayla, Mitchell, Megan, Maddy and 4 great-grandchildren: William, Oliver, Canaan, & Brooks. Gary welcomed all and treated everyone like family. He was a Pop-Pop to many.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be planned later due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In memory of Gary’s life, the family request that memorial donations be made to Rock Steady Boxing North Houston. The money will be put to good use in continuing the fight against Parkinson's Disease! You may make your contributions via the following: Zelle by using northhouston@rsbaffiliate.com PayPal by using northhouston@rsbaffiliate.com. Venmo @dawn-renken Checks can be mailed to 11500 NW Freeway #618, Houston, Texas 77092 made out to "Rock Steady Boxing North Houston." Please put in the memo line Gary Houck's name. If you would like to contribute via credit card, you may call 713-725-7794. Be prepared with credit card number, name on card, expiration date, CIN, email and zip code.

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Leslie Wolfe

August 2, 2020

I have been putting this off because it is so difficult to write for many reasons. One being it brings the reality home and also because I feel incredibly inadequate to describe how Gary has impacted my life. I have said this before, but worth repeating here. There are times in your life where the moment you meet someone you know you have met a genuine soul, Meeting Gary was one of those moments and he was one of those people.

Little did I know that meeting Gary in 1997 for an interview at the Shoney’s Big Boy would change the trajectory of my life. He was my first manager at Merck and like all those he worked with, he quickly became a mentor, a professional advocate, and a cherished friend.
Although he retired years ago, the impact he made on me and others continued.
As time went on, he and his adoring wife, Weezy, became extended family. Although they live in Houston, and I live near New Orleans, they would often surprise me by showing up to support me in both good times and the worst of times of my life.

Gary had a way of teaching life lessons by just being him. He was able to identify skills and abilities and cultivate them in all those who were lucky enough to work with him, and I imagine many who didn’t work with him as well. He always put his employees needs above his own and was so proud to give credit to others openly, and provide “teaching moments”, counseling and advice privately.

Gary had a special sense of humor and had a way of making everyone laugh and feel at ease. He and Weezy have welcomed me into their home on many occasions and you could always feel the genuine love and warmth they gave to each other and those around them.
I am so thankful to God that my life on this earth intersected with Garret Houck’s life. I send love and a huge embrace to Weezy and their entire family as they mourn his passing. He will be truly missed. Thank you Gary... I love you and will see you on the other side one day.
Leslie Wolfe & Family

Jodi Neal

July 20, 2020

Gary was definitely one of a kind. A wonderful person. I 'm blessed to have known him and he will live on in my memories.

Erich Ryll

July 17, 2020

I should have provided a list of the MRAs that existed in 1981 - so here goes left to right: John Downen, MRA (deceased), Gary Houck, MRA (sadly now deceased), Ken Unrath, Western MRA Manager, Charlie Mehling, MRA (deceased), CJ Loetscher, MRA (deceased), Jerry Dove, Eastern MRA Manager (deceased), Kaye McDill, MRA (deceased), O.L. (Barney) Selman, Director MRA Department (deceased), Erich Ryll, MRA, John Foster, MRA (deceased), Don Gendler, MRA, Mike Schaefer, MRA. We were a tight-knit crew and today instead of 11 Clinical Research Associates handling all the work for the entire USA, now most larger Pharma companies have in excess of 200 CRAs. Gary will be sorely missed by those of us left - I am sure St. Peter has already appreciated Gary's sense of humor....(:-)

Erich Ryll

July 17, 2020

Weezy & Houck Family,

I am deeply saddened to learn of Gary's passing. We spent some amazingly good times together as "Men in Black" having joined the MRA Department in 1981. Gary cared about others, was an excellent mentor and colleague, and at the end of the day always gave his best to Merck and others. A person of his caliber doesn't come along every day. Rest in Peace buddy - would love to swap stories again with you when my time comes!

Cathy Young

July 17, 2020

Mr.Garry, you fought the good fight of faith. Now it was God’s timing for you to go home. I know you are at peace as you embrace the loving arms of our Father. As you rest in heaven know that you are never forgotten on earth. The last time I saw you, you looked dismay but like I told you God got you. Rest In Peace my angel until we meet again.
God bless

Bobbi Cloyd

July 16, 2020

Gary you are so sadly missed, This world has truly lost a good man, Thank you for making me laugh when I wanted to cry, for telling it like it is in truth and welcoming all into your home and life, Your one of the last of your kind,

Eimia Saa

July 16, 2020

I love you Mr.Gary you were loved by so many people and your strength cannot be measured. Your wittiness was rare! You smiled on days most couldn’t smile! You were so full of LOVE! I enjoyed every minute with you on the clock and off the clock. You and your wife are unmatchable. You will always be remembered by the SAA family.


Thank you for being authentic ❣️

Layla Dawn Cook

July 16, 2020

Mr Houck was an amazing man that I had the pleasure of knowing for many years. He truly will be missed.

Jim and Gail Hood

July 16, 2020

Where to begin . . . ?

In 1977 Gary and Rosemary were one of a tight group of neighborly friends. He was always the catalyst in our quartet of pranksters and malcontents in Hidden Brook, Virginia. One of the best of friends we all shared. He was a drinking buddy, SCUBA Diver, a family man, and was always there when you needed him - especially if you needed to cut down someone else's tree!

There way too many stories to tell - some of which I believe the statute of limitations has yet to run out! Most memorable was a time during a freezing cold windy winter day. I was tied to three ropes as I climbed onto the top of my three-story home to clear the snow and ice. Gary was on the west side, the others of the east. The idea was if I slipped someone would be able to break the fall. You guess it - I slipped and it was Gary's rope that went slack. I fell off the roof, dropped two stories headfirst, and stopped almost three feet from the pavement. Thank God Gary came to realize one of his partners in crime was about to hit the earth.

Rhett, Michele, and all the grandkids, we want you to know we have always missed him. We share in your grief of losing your Father.

Weezy, you married an amazing man. He was a friend to all. A person who emulated a warm heart, devotion to family, and with your patience and guidance we feel he led a rewarding and enriching life.

Godspeed Gary - till we meet again,

Jim and Gail Hood
Palm Coast, Florida

Sam Bratic

July 16, 2020

My sincere condolences to Houck family. Just like Stuart, another MRA from Merck days. When I joined the team Gary was first to welcome me and share experiences. Even though by this time a rookie and director would normally not mix, Gary welcomed me to the team and made me feel part of it from day 1. Many thanks to Gary and I shall always remember his humor and honesty. RIP Gary!

FROM THE FAMILY