OBITUARY

William "Bill" W. Houle Sr.

October 23, 1943August 2, 2019
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William W. Houle Sr. (Bill) of Keene NH died unexpectedly August 2, 2019 while at home. He was 75 years old. Bill was the second child of Frank James Houle and Edith (Hazen) Devine and was born in Albany NY on October 23, 1943. He moved to Keene with his family when he was eight and lived in Swanzey and Keene ever since. Bill attended public schools in both Swanzey and Keene. He was a member of the NH National Guard and served from 1964-1970. He married Gail Bradbury in 1965. They had one son, William W. Houle Jr. Their divorce was amicable in 1970. Bill met Virginia (Ginny) Stafford at Lindy’s Diner and they became the best of friends. They married in July of 1973 and raised four children. Bill worked for the Princess Shoe Co. as a machine operator and later as a line foreman until they closed. He went to work for Markem Corporation in March of 1972 and worked there for 33 years, retiring in December of 2005. He worked as a machine operator for their slitting operation, and later in the Stockroom, Shipping and Receiving areas. Bill enjoyed bowling and was a member of several teams in both candle pin and 10-pin. He loved the game of softball. He played 2nd base and was the coach of several teams, both men and women softball. In his retirement, Bill loved collecting all types of sports memorabilia; however, the sports of baseball and football were his favorites. He was a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan and a New England Patriots fan. He enjoyed spending time at the Sports Source in Keene with his many sports minded friends. Going to yard sales every Saturday from Spring through Autumn was another of his hobbies. He also loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, especially at the Holidays. Bill is predeceased by his father, Frank; his mother, Edith and stepfather Bill Devine, his brother, Bobby Houle, his daughter-in-law, Gloria Houle and his brother-in-law, Jim Ziegler. Bill is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ginny, his four children and their spouses; Joe Golden and wife Gina from Miami Fl, Bill Houle Jr. and his wife Samantha of Swanzey NH, Katie Griffin and her husband Jesse of Winchester NH and Patrick Houle and his girlfriend Kyla Scheck of Keene, NH and his 9 grandchildren (Jessica, Nikki, Bryan, Danielle, Joey, Cullen, Justan, S. Rowan, and Kieran) and 6 great grandchildren (Kaleb, Emelia, Gloria, Aliya, Carter and Caiden)as well as his sisters Janice Ziegler and Paula Perham and her husband Bob from Buckeye Arizona and several nieces and nephews in NH and AZ. Family and friends are invited to call from 5 – 7pm on Monday August 12 at Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene, NH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday August 13, at 11:00 AM, at St. Bernard’s Church 185 Main St., Keene NH. Burial at St Joseph’s cemetery will follow. While flowers will be gladly accepted, memorial contributions may be made in William W. Houle Sr.’s name to New Hampshire Catholic Charities, 215 Myrtle St. Manchester, NH 03104.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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William "Bill" W. Houle Sr.

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Kristen Hill

August 14, 2019

Ginny,
Both Dick and I were very sad to hear about Bill’s recent death. We are both thinking of you and hoping that you are finding comfort in those around you.

I will always remember Bill for his smile; he was a kind and thoughtful person. I am sure he is greatly missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Kris and Dick Hill

Sarah O'Neal

August 12, 2019

I will miss seeing you at beaver st market when I delivered the papers,rip my friend

Gloria Michaud

August 11, 2019

I was 12yrs old when my oldest sister Ginny married Bill. He watched me grow up over the years and we became good friends. I could always count on him for a good laugh and smile at family reunions. He was a beloved brother in law and will be deeply missed. Love & Hugs to all the family...…..

Clarke Center

August 10, 2019

It seems we played softball a long time ago but to this day I still remember and think of the good times we had. My 42 second birthday celebration (players and families) was at the Houle's home. Great memories.

Susan and Tom Masiello

August 8, 2019

We hold fond memories of attending Markem Softball Team games with Bill. As a second baseman and then coach, Bill was dedicated, enthusiastic and always a team player. Following frequent wins, we enjoyed going to Papa Gino’s to celebrate with our families.
We also shared a special summer trip to Wells Beach in Maine with Bill and family.
Ginny and family.... we offer our love and support to you. We are blessed to have spent many special times with Bill.

Sara and Hazel Grant

August 7, 2019

Bill and Ginny welcomed me into their home many times during my childhood, as I am one of their daughter Katie's best friends. He was always so kind to my family, and always enjoyed the time spent together. He was a consummate family man and will be dearly missed.
Rest in peace Bill

Paula Perham

August 7, 2019

Bill was my brother. When our father left when I was 12 he became my substitute father. He kept me in school when I was having a hard time (he actually said he would kick my butt if I quit). He was my shoulder to cry on and my heart to rely on and the man I always looked up too. My heart is broken but I know we will be together again. Love you Bill.

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