Gerald Ray Houck Sr. died at the NYS Veteran’s home in Oxford where he most recently resided. His wife Ruth was at his side when he passed away in the early morning hours of August 11, 2012. He was 65 years old.
Jerry was born on May 15, 1947, at Smith Hospital in Walton, the son of Jessica (Goetschius) Houck who survives him and the late Stanley Houck.
Jerry was married to the former Ruth Loker on February 5, 1983. She resides at their home Walton. In addition to his mother, "Jackie", from Downsville, is survived by his son Gerald Ray Houck Jr. of Sierra Vista AZ and his step son Eric Reed Hall of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters-in-law Duane and Gloria Houck of Walton, George and Beverly Houck of Corbett, and Darryl and Vicki Houck of Downsville. He is also survived by his sister and brother in law, Loni and Charlie Markert of Downsville. He is survived by his mother in law, Gertrude P. Loker; sister in law and brother in law, Mary and Joe Hafele of Walton, and brother in law and sister in law Sam and Robin Loker of Albuquerque NM. He is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother Stanley Houck Jr.
He graduated from Downsville Central School, Class of 1965. Jerry was a true patriot and proud of the time he served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Constellation (CVA-64) during the Vietnam conflict. He was so very proud of both of his boys who served in the US Army and loved traveling around the country to visit them wherever they were stationed.
Jerry was employed by the NYC DEP for several years and drove tractor trailer for North American Van Lines also. By far his favorite job was working in his stone quarry – he loved living “off the land”. Many of his conversations were about "pot covers, shove seams and single lifts"! He talked about working in the woods and hearing the birds and turkeys, seeing bears and was so excited in the spring seeing new fawns - he called them his babies! He was also an accomplished stone mason and built many fireplaces and chimneys in the area. He was an avid deer hunter and loved just going for a walk in the woods especially in the autumn. He loved traveling across the country and spending winters in New Mexico until his multiple illnesses prevented them from traveling.
He was a member of the Walton Masonic Lodge, the Sidney Elks Lodge and the American Legion and recently received a certificate for 50 years of membership in the Colchester Community Methodist Church.
Jerry loved dogs and dogs loved him. He had very special relationships with two of his late dogs, Coco Houck and Fred Houck. Heidi Houck survives her Poppy and she will surely miss him.
And now, farewell my sailor, it will be all smooth sailing from now on, and the Captain of this ship is a close personal friend of yours. One day I will be there with you and we will finally be on that cruise.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, August 16 at the Courtney Funeral Home, 25 Townsend St, Waton NY from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A grave side memorial service with full military honors will be held on Friday, August 17 at 11 a.m. at the Walton Cemetery, 55 Fancher Avenue, Walton. His cousin Rev. Michael Houck, will officiate.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Walton Fire Dept EMS, 61 West Street, Walton, Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, PO Box 88, 46610 State Hwy 10, Delhi, NY 13856 or the charity of one’s choice.