OBITUARY

Mr. Harvey R. Houck, Jr.

June 18, 1927October 18, 2010

Harvey Roy Houck, Jr., born on the 18th of June 1927 in San Antonio, Texas, passed away peacefully at home on Monday aftermoon, the 18th of October 2010, while surrounded by his family and loved ones at the age of 83.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Doris Houck Nelson; his daughter, Harriet Elizabeth Houck; and by his first wife, the late Patricia “Pat” West Houck. He is survived by his loving wife Rosemary Malone Houck, and by his beloved daughters: Trish Houck and her partner Lyssa Jenkens, and Liza Houck Moore and her husband Tom Moore. He is also survived by his pride and joy, granddaughter Reilly Elizabeth Houck, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Harvey was a graduate of The Kinkaid School, attended Texas A & M and graduated from The University of Houston, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After serving in the U.S. Navy onboard the USS Nevada, Mr. Houck returned to Houston to join his father in his residential real estate business and eventually forged a successful partnership with long-time friend, Charles R. Swain. The two went on to develop numerous commercial real estate projects that included apartment buildings and shopping centers that truly defined the era in which they were built and continue to maintain their commitment to elegance, aesthetics, maintenance, and permanence today. Most notable among their many developments were Allen House Apartments, Westcreek Apartments, Savannah Club, The Georgian, and the redevelopment of Highland Village Shopping Center.

Giving back to his community was something Harvey Houck did quietly, thoughtfully, and often. In addition to supporting numerous charitable organizations through the Houck Family Foundation, he proudly served on the boards of Goodwill Industries of Houston as Chairman Emeritus, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Foundation, Justice for Children, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital Board of Trustees, College of Biblical Studies and Inspire Women. He also served on the boards of Texas Commerce Bank, River Oaks Bank and Trust, and River Oaks Country Club. He was a member of Breakfast Club and The Tuesday Tennis Bunch.

Harvey had a gentle smile, a hearty laugh, and a quick wit. He loved tennis, music, hunting, traveling, the company of great friends, and a room with a beautiful view. He will be remembered by those who knew him and loved him for his kind heart, generous spirit, and unwavering faith.

The family would also like to extend their deepest appreciation and gratitude to all those who assisted, served and cared for Mr. Houck for their outstanding care and dedication both recently, and throughout his life.

Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances of Harvey from five o’clock in the afternoon until eight o’clock in the evening on Thursday, the 21st of October, in the Grand Foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

The memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Friday, the 22nd of October, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston, where the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., Rector, and the Rev. John R. Bentley, Jr., Priest Associate, are to officiate.

Immediately following the service, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Bagby Parish Hall.

In lieu of traditional remembrances, the family suggests contributions in Harvey’s memory be directed to Goodwill Industries of Houston, 10795 Hammerly Blvd., Houston, TX, 77043; St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Rd, Houston, TX, 77056; Justice for Children, 2600 Southwest Frwy., Suite 806, Houston, TX, 77098; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends During a Reception the Evening Before the Service

    Thursday, October 21, 2010

  • Memorial Service to Celebrate Harvey's Life

    Friday, October 22, 2010

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Debi Tengler

October 26, 2010

We, at Alpha Houston, are grateful for Harvey Houck. He continued to lead by example and was a supporter of our ministry for years. We send our blessings to his family. Debi Tengler, Alpha Houston

Ginger Hamblen Busboom

October 25, 2010

Thinking of all of the fun memories that we all had growing up as friends. All of our Dads were so fun and were at the core of making Houston the town that it is today. Trish, I will miss your Dad and Charlie Swain just as I miss my Dad, Tolar. Ginger Hamblen Busboom (Austin, Texas)

Jo Thomas

October 24, 2010

I was a next door neighbor to Harvey and Pat....I kept a key to their house and when they were at the lake we had an electrical storm which blew out one of my ovens...I immediately went to Harvey and Pats house to check and see if everything was alright...Harvey will be missed. I still miss Pat and will miss Harvey although I do not live in Houston now.

Rupert Wragg

October 22, 2010

i am a relatively new friend of Hervey's having known him for about 20 years, through my friend Tim Coltman Rogers who came from England and settled in Houston.For many years i came every November to Houston and used to see Harvey and Pat alot.Every Year "the boys" went for Boys week in Paris and Hervey came over when we were there on many occasions to watch the Tennis and eat and drink with us..Harvey was very kind and generous to Tim Coltman Rogers and helped him make Houston his home and also provided space in his office for Tims use all of which i was very grateful for.Unfortunately Tim died about 13 years ago and so my visits ended but we kept in touch.When Tim was ill some of us came over from England to be with him and Hervey looked after us all , gave us accomodation and a car. it is hard to find a better friend and i will miss him , those wonderful "Hervey specials" and Texas very much.

Gloria Almendarez

October 21, 2010

I was very blessed to have had the opportunity to work for Mr. Houck at his Circle H Ranch, in the Ramirez area, for nearly 9 years. He was a man who appreciated the simply as well as the finer things in life. I pray that his girls and wife find peace and condolence in knowing what a great man he was. There will always be a place in my heart reserved for him.

Anita Onarecker Wood

October 21, 2010

I am so appreciative for a man who generously invested in the lives of women in ministry. I am one. May God bless your family through this difficult transition time of loss and grief.

Vicki Brouse

October 20, 2010

Mr. Houck used to have two very important things he did daily. One was lunch with his friends and the other was his doubles tennis game. He never missed a day without both of those things. Thanks to him, I became the best weather person around to know if the game was inside or out. It gives me peace to know that he is back doing his favorite things again. I miss him every day.

Denise Martin

October 20, 2010

Harvey Houck (Mr. Houck as I called him) was the heart and soul of our company. He cared about everyone, from the least of these to the greatest! He had the heart of a servant and will be greatly missed. He now sits at the banquet table with his Lord and Savior!!! Thank you for all your kindness Mr. Houck :-)

Ed Martin

October 20, 2010

My deepest condolences to the Houck family. Mr. Houck was indeed a gentleman, and a scholar. May he Rest in Peace.

Anita Carman

October 20, 2010

Harvey taught us about loving people unconditionally and giving them a chance to succeed. He was a walking testimony of grace and mercy in action. As our lifetime spiritual father at Inspire Women, he affected the way we ministered through our ministry. The mercy he poured into us was a constant reminder of Jesus' mercy. He inspired us to continue to pour out mercy to those God put in our path and to help as many people as we could along the way. Though Harvey had been ill the past years, it blessed us to know he was still on the same soil. Today he is on the gold pavement in heaven. From the view from heaven, our prayer is that he will see us "keep going" the way he always instructed us to do. Thank you God for putting Harvey in our lives!

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