Rodney Thomas Houchin

March 11, 1947November 16, 2020

In Loving Memory of Rodney Thomas Houchin March 11, 1947 to November 11, 2020

Rodney Thomas Houchin passed on November 11, 2020. He is the beloved husband of Barbara Houchin; loving father of Bob (Lindsay) and Bill; and cherished grandfather of Bobby and Johnny.

Rodney was born March 13, 1947 in south St. Louis to Vernon and Marie Houchin. By 1972, already the first college graduate in his family and an Army veteran, Rodney married the love of his life, Barbara. They raised two sons, Bob & Bill, in a loving and supportive home. In 2014 and again in 2016, Rodney proudly added grandpa as a title. Rodney lived a self-described “full and wonderful life” and will be missed dearly by family and friends alike.

Due to current restrictions, the family is hosting a private viewing and memorial service in the Chapel of Hoffmeister South County Chapel, 1515 Lemay Ferry Road. Please share memories and offer condolences at


  • Barbara Houchin, Wife
  • Bob(Lindsay)Houchin, Son
  • Bill Houchin, Son
  • Bobby Houchin, Grandson
  • Johnny Houchin, Grandson
  • Rodney will be dearly missed by his family and friends alike.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

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Christine Chibnall

November 22, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I remember Rodney at Grasso fields for many years. Sending our prayers. The Rich Chibnall Family

Andrea Gioia

November 18, 2020

My family and I would like to extend our thoughts and condolences to Bob, Bill, and Barbara, as well as Mr. Houchin's other relatives and friends.

The Gioia Family
Andrea, Roxie, Chrissy, and Chuck

Jim Cook

November 18, 2020

What a great guy! And I am so sorry to hear this news. We spent our entire Army career together, from draft day, basics at Ft. Leonard Wood, advanced training at Ft. Dix and Ft. Hamilton in Brooklyn, NY. And we even served together at different chapels at Ft. Carson. He joined us for Thanksgiving in our little Colorado Springs apartment in 1971. Great memories of a good friend, during trying times. We weren't "battle buddies," thank goodness, but great Army buddies. We kept those chaplains in line! I will alway remember his steady advice, good humor, and mischievous smile. God Bless You Specialist Houchin. Jim and Pat Cook

George DeWeese

November 17, 2020

We extend our sincere condolences to you and your extended family. Our most vivid memories as you would expect are those of the countless hours we spent with Rod at Grasso Field, especially those spent tending the concession stand and watching the men's softball games. We are very sorry for your loss.
George & Mary Ann DeWeese

Bob and Sandy Graf

November 17, 2020

A great friend will never be forgotten. In softball I was a DEAD pull hitter and before I stepped in the box I would look at Rod, playing at third, and say it’s coming your way , you ready , and he would say “bring it on”. Great battles.

Pat O'Donnell

November 17, 2020

I will always remember Rod as a friend. A man who enjoyed every bit of life, his great smile and hardy laugh were two of his great traits. Rod was Precious Blood's concession stand manager extraordinaire! , when a extra hand was needed at the field he was always there. I will miss dropping by his house and visiting him. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM AS THE JOYFFUL CARING MAN HE WAS. HE IS PROBABLY MANAGING THE CONCESSION STAND INHEAVEN, and we will probably be the last to leave just like Grasso Field.
Thanks for your friendship , I will never forget you.
your friend Pat O'Donnell

Dan Flynn

November 17, 2020

Rest In Peace Rodney!

I'll never forget hearing your booming voice calling balls and strikes at Grasso Field.

terry & patty payne

November 17, 2020

barb and family,

we are so sorry for your loss.
i have many fond memories from working
with rod.

hope all is well with you and your family.

best regards,
terry & patty

Edward Vega

November 17, 2020

Remember Rodney as the third baseman on the old Peat Marwick slow pitch softball team back in the early 70s. I played first and any ground ball to Rodney was an out. He had a strong arm and most times threw a natural curve to first. His glove looked like it was his first one he got as a kid.


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