Richard Lee Houk, April 11, 1947 – April 16, 2017. Married to Bartina Baumgardner August 13, 1968. 2 sons, Joshua Lee, and Jason Alan, 2 daughters in law Donna and Aunor and 2 grandsons, Bryce and Reece.
Dick grew up on a farm in Ohio along with 5 brothers and joined the Air Force when he graduated from High School where he became a staff sergeant and a crew chief of a bomb loading crew. While he was in Germany a load of bombs was being delivered and the truck ran over his foot resulting in a crushing injury to his right foo. After surgery he came home on leave and married Bartina and three weeks later was transferred to Udorn Air Force Base in Thailand. While stationed there he received a letter of commendation for saving an airplane from being blown up when his base was under attack. He was very proud of his military career.
After he was discharged from the Air force he held a variety of jobs from being a shift supervisor for mechanics to delivering and setting up a mobile operating room to hospitals. He was also very interested in community activities and served as president of City Council in Weston, Ohio. The following year he became mayor and during his tenure he performed weddings, held traffic court, and conducted the town’s business affairs. He also coached Little a league baseball team and was very involved in church as a deacon and elder. He has always had a love for car racing and football.
He and Bartina and their two sons, Joshua and Jason, moved to Georgia in 1981 and became involved in their local churh as youth group coaches and for many years and took the teens on many trips including a trip to the Navajo Reservation in Chinle, Arizona.
In January of 2017, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer and had several rounds of radiation. He continued to battle against infections and fatigue and on Resurrection Sunday, April 17, he went home to be with the Lord. Throughout this whole process we have been blessed by a loving family and so many friends who have jumped in to help with everything from food, money, rides to the hospital and emotional support. We call them our Angel Army fighting with us. No matter how hard a day, there has always been something to laugh about and be grateful for.
Dick believed that God is in control and offers comfort and strength in every situation and we need to appreciate the beauty of simply things. He was always saying, “We’ll get through this – with God and our family sticking together.” His favorite scripture was Jeremiah 40:31, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint”. And now he’s soaring with the eagles.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017, 1 PM, at Northstar Church, Kennesaw.
Please express condolences for the family in the comments section below. The Houk family is being cared for by Georgia Funeral Care and Cremation Services, Acworth, Georgia.