Houser Echols Jr., age 86, died in his home in Springfield on March 31, 2019. He was born in Selma, Alabama on December 17, 1932. The family moved to Ohio when he was a child. He was a Veteran in the United States Army, serving in Korea and Germany. He worked for 36 years at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as an offset pressman before retiring.
In his younger days he was an outstanding athlete. He loved all sports. Houser loved to play cards and for over 40 years it became a tradition for 15 to 20 people to show up on Clifton Ave. to play cards with him.
Daily you would find him sitting in his favorite chair either working a puzzle or building a model of some sort while watching his favorite TV shows. His daughter Kim wanted me to ask, in 2019 who still watches All in the family, Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie? Laughing, she said nobody, but her dad.
If you did not know that Houser was in love Dionne Warwick then you did not know him. He dubbed her as his children’s honorary mother.
Houser is survived by his 3 children, Kim Duncan, Houser D. (Lisa) Echols, and Kaye (Phillip) Morris; his 3 sisters, Nona Fullen, Sharon Carter and Paulette Wells; his 12 grandchildren, Angie, Calvin, Tosha, Steven, Dionne, Mike, Mark, Miles, Michael, Anthony, Vaughn and Cory and 5 great grandchildren, Jayden, Kaylynn, Preston, Julian and Raelynn. Coming soon in May 2019, (Theo) and June 2019 (Brilynn). Houser is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dina Echols; his parents Houser Echols Sr. and Bessie Mae Echols; 1 sister, Karen Echols and 3 brothers, Robert Leon Echols, Patrick Echols and Matthew Echols.
Houser will truly be missed by all whose lives he touched.
Calling Hours are Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. in the Robert C. Henry-Clark Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Ferncliff Cemetery with military honors.
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