Born in Carthage, Missouri on June 27, 1937 to his parents John Franklin Houk, Sr. and Georgia Ida Greninger Houk, Jimmie became a son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grand-father, great-grandfather, and good community friend to many persons.
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Jimmie attended Duenweg schools, enlisted in the Navy and traveled around the world. After returning from his sea service, the Veteran continued to serve in the Naval Reserves and began working at Hardy sheet metal. He entered in the HVAC business with this brother John in 1972. Later, Jimmie started his own installation and seamless gutter manufacturing business which he expanded into multiple states and was the source of many business relationships over the years.
Jimmie’s signature lifelong passions were hunting, fishing, and his love of nature. Without a doubt, he knew the best locations to enjoy all these activities. His pursuit of those took him many other places, which in turn brought him even more lifelong friendships. He created retreats in Alaska on the famous Kenai Peninsula and Larson Bay, Kodiak Island, as well as at the St. John’s River in Florida.
Always gregarious, with a great sense of humor and big heart, Jimmie will be missed by family members and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Marina Astoria Houk; four daughters: Dr. Mickie Shank (Michael), Cathryn Marie Allan (John), Barbara Sue McDowell (Claude), and Sandy Kay Houk; one son, Eelon Houk; two brothers: John Franklin Houk Jr., and Stephen Douglas Houk; 19 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents; son Jimmie M. Houk Jr.; brother Ned Houk and sister Norma Sue Winnett; and grandson Matthew Charles Harris.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, a celebration of life service is planned for some time in the future.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital, Chicago, and may be entrusted to the funeral home.