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Rita A. Houck

February 6, 1942 February 12, 2019
Rita A. Houck
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Obituary for Rita A. Houck

Rita Houck, age 77 of Radcliffe, IA, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Israel Family Hospice House.

Rita Ann (Johnson) Houck was born to Norman and Geneva (Anderson) Johnson on February 6, 1942 in Des Moines. In 1960, she graduated from Madrid High School. On March 26, 1964, she was united in marriage to Gary Houck, son of Ernest and Rozella Houck of Radcliffe. Gary and Rita made their home in Radcliffe where together they raised 4 children: Jeffrey, Blaine, Trev, and Darcy.

Rita was truly Gary’s life partner helping him in every aspect of their life together from keeping books to driving tractors and delivering pigs. She worked at Wilson, Hall, & Craig when the kids were nearly out of the nest until her health would not allow her to continue working.

Rita belonged to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where she helped with vacation Bible school and was a Luther League sponsor with Gary. She was a member of Radcliffe Needle Circle, Married Ladies Harmony Club, and Red Hat Society. Rita embraced her Scandinavian heritage and took pride in making traditional recipes and instilling the same pride and joy to her children. She enjoyed flower gardening and crafting and liked to bake and cook for her family. She opened her home to many friends, family and animals.

Rita’s true joy was in her family. She did not miss any activity her children were in when they were in school and she made every attempt to get to activities for her grandchildren as her health would allow.

Rita was not dealt the best hand when it came to her health, but she faced every challenge with courage, faith in God, and the determination to never give in or give up.

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Rita passed away at Israel Family Hospice House.

Rita is survived by her children, sons Jeffrey (Christine) Houck of Inola, OK, Blaine Houck of Radcliffe, Trev (Kathryn) Houck of Radcliffe, and Darcy (Kevin) Kilpatrick of Rapid City, SD. Others left to cherish her memory include 12 grandchildren, Ryan Houck, Megan (Jason) Muenchow, and Kaitlyn (Michael) Hall, Amber (Michael) Morgan and Courtney (Robert) Picard, Ean, Karsen, Noelle, and Kari Houck, and Devin, Brice, and Abby Kilpatrick, 8 great-grandchildren Jadis Baker, Joshua Houck, Kaia and Aiden Morgan, Heath and Leo Picard, Alexander Muenchow, and Kyndal Hall, her brother Donald (Nancy) Steinick, her sister-in-law Marlene Helling and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She is also survived by her most loyal canine companion, Charlie.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Gary, father Norman Johnson, mother Geneva Steinick, adopted father Robert Steinick, father and mother-in-law Ernest and Rozella Houck, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Paul and Judy Houck, brother-in-law James Helling, and numerous aunts and uncles, a nephew and a niece.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

15

Feb

5:00 PM 2/15/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/15/2019 7:00:00 PM
Our Savior's Lutheran Church

601 Isabella
Radcliffe, IA 50230

Our Savior's Lutheran Church
601 Isabella Radcliffe 50230 IA
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

16

Feb

10:30 AM 2/16/2019 10:30:00 AM
Our Savior's Lutheran Church

601 Isabella
Radcliffe, IA 50230

Our Savior's Lutheran Church
601 Isabella Radcliffe 50230 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Radcliffe Cemetery Final Resting Place

Radcliffe, IA

Radcliffe IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Our Savior's Lutheran Church

601 Isabella
Radcliffe, IA 50230
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