James Houck

March 5, 1932January 21, 2021

James E. Houck, 88, of Johnstown passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Mt. Carmel East Hospital, Columbus. He was born March 5, 1932, son of the late Clark M. and Inez (Lewis) Houck. James and Emily Hulse were married November 12, 1949. James is survived by son, James D. “Bub” and Brenda Houck and daughter Deb Blagg; grandchildren Dixie (John) Baisden, Charlene Brooks, Deb (Todd) Cutlip, John (Tina) Holland, Jennifer Seymour and Amber Blagg; great-grandchildren, Audrey, Matthew, Charlie, Breanna, Emily, Ariel, James; siblings Mary E. McCurdy, Thelma R. Hardy, George E. Houck; cousins Doris Hinkle, Sara Arlene Gayheart, Joann Jungling and Liz Hutton; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his wife Emily (Hulse) and son, Danny Lee; siblings Gladys I. and Ethel M. Houck, Dalton E. and Lewis E. Houck and Paulina LaRue; nieces, Kathy (Hardy) Gray, Nora (LaRue) Cordor; nephews, Kenny and Kendall Hardy and Todd Houck; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lester and Becky Hulse, brother-in-law, Russell McCurdy and cousin, William Houck. James attended Bennington-Liberty School at Appleton and Johnstown High School. He began working at his dad’s garage (Houck’s Garage) on Dutch Lane in 1948. He became owner after his dad retired. In 1963 he moved his business to Sportsman Club Road, where he had a garage, salvage yard and wrecker service. James was a Liberty Township Trustee for many years. A graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021 at Liberty Cemetery, Johnstown with Gary LaRue officiating.


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Kim Edwards

March 10, 2021

My first meeting with Jim Houck ,came on a cold January day, I was a first year Ag teacher at Northridge High School. Ford motor Company had given the FFA a Ford 3000 tractor. It didn't realize the tractor came without wheels and tires. it arrived on a Semi truck, The driver wanted to know how we were going to unload it. I was stumped until Jim's son, Bub said my Dad can do it with our pole truck. I told Bub to call his Dad. Within 20 minutes Jim showed up in a55 Chevy Pole Truck , with no doors. Jim was dressed in a white T shirt , no Jacket. It took Jim about 20 minutes to off load the tractor and put it in our shop, I asked Jim how much the school owed for his service. Jim's response " Your teaching Bub that's pay enough" So began a life long friendship .

charlie brooks

February 22, 2021

i love you . brenda and james will alse love you to and we support you very much

charlie brooks

February 22, 2021

i love you so much

Charlene Brooks

February 4, 2021

Papa (bub) and mom my prayers and thoughts are with you. Grandpa Jim will be missed tell Grandma Emily hi form us until we met again God Bless
Love always Charlene, Charlie snd Breanna

Doug and Audrey Howard

January 28, 2021

So sorry to hear of your dad passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will never forget growing up hanging around “Houck’s Garage “ and all of the education that I gained just by watching and listening to Jim and everyone else who would happen to be there. I have a lot of fond memories of Jim and I never had to worry where he stood on things, I admired his directness. He will be greatly missed!!!!

John and Kathy VanOrman

January 27, 2021

Bub, Brenda, Deb and family..... we are saddened by the death of Jim. He has been a good friend and neighbor for many years. He was always ready to lend a hand when needed, and give advice at other times. Our whole family will miss him greatly. If we can do anything for you, please let us know, Love and prayers for you all.

Tim and Deb Johnson

January 26, 2021

Bub and family so sorry to hear of Jim's've always been stepping up to help with neighbors will be missed by all!❤

James Burchard

January 25, 2021

It is with heavy heart that we will miss you dearly when we come to visit we love and miss you dearly and we will cherish every memory that was created and we will also remember coming out to have a bbq with you uncle bub tina john alicia and all 3 littles rip till we meet once again...

Alicia Klein

January 25, 2021

Rip James we will cherish the memories from the bbq we all had where you also met mine an james little love bug and james and jj will cherish all the memories that they had with yu continue to look down on your great grandson and watch him grow into a decent human being

Carolyn Peterson

January 24, 2021

To Jim’s Family,
Jim was more than a client, he was a great guy. He was understanding when I lost my husband. Because he had lost Emily the year before.
I knew him for over 30 yrs. I know he is in heaven giving my husband an ear full.
Loved Jim. I will never forget him telling me to put a dead body in the back seat not the trunk because they open the trunk before they crush the car . Lol
I will work with your family thru the hard times and try to be as bossy as your Dad and Grandpa was.
Carolyn Peterson