Robert D. Houck

Born: Sun., Jul. 19, 1925
Died: Mon., Feb. 4, 2013


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Feb. 10, 2013
Location: Singleton Mortuary

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Sun., Feb. 10, 2013
Location: Singleton Mortuary

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Robert Dean Houck of Indianapolis passed away peacefully Feb 4th 2013 at the age of 87.

He graduated from Howe High School in 1943 and went on to serve in the Army Air Force in WWII where he was an athletic instructor, parachute trainer and competitive basketball player.  Afterwards he married Joan Eschmeyer and became an Electrical Engineer at Purdue University.  His career included both Bryant and Peerless in Indianapolis, Space Conditioning in Harrisonburg Virginia, Harper J. Ransburg in Indianapolis, Trainor National Spring in New Castle Indiana, Independent Register in Cleveland Ohio, and ended at MasterFit in Indianapolis where he retired as Plant Manager.
He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years Joan Eschmeyer Houck.  He is survived by his three daughters Kathy Hoover (Wayne), Karen Roberts (Bill) and Lisa Rapchick (Joe).  He is also survived by his three granddaughters Jenny Raymer (Brad), Laura Sanchez (Justin) and Diane Stafford (Kevin), as well as six great-grandchildren:  Calvin, Ally, Luke, Oliver, Jack, Nora and another one on the way.

He was much loved by his family, friends and most anyone who knew him.  He was kind, generous, intelligent and respectful, with a wry sense of humor.  He was a master storyteller and got much of his material from his talent for getting himself into amusing situations.  He was thankful for the affection and care he received while resident at the Madison Health Care Center.

He loved making his wife happy, dogs of all shapes and sizes, spectator sports, bobbing in the ocean, reading, basking in the sun, corn on the cob, ice cream, cookies, and gooseberry pie.

Rest in Peace, Dad.

Visitation will be held Sunday February 10, from 2 to 4 pm, with funeral services at 4 pm, at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 7602 S Madison Ave, Indianapolis.  Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or any local Humane Society.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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Kathy Cook
   Posted Wed February 06, 2013
I am so sorry to see that your Dad has passed away. May God comfort the entire Houck and Roberts families.
Prayers and Hugs,

Martha Bell Graham
   Posted Thu February 07, 2013
Dear Karen,
I was so sorry to read of your dad's passing. I have such fond memories of your family in Harrisonburg, and remember your dad well. Please know I'm thinking of you. I know how difficult it is to lose a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

Tom Reese
   Posted Thu February 07, 2013
I am sorry to read of Bob,s passing,we worked together at Furrows.Bob was great man and a joy to be around.Tom

Gerald Gould
   Posted Fri February 08, 2013
I worked with Bob at Masterfit. It was an extreme pleasure to know him. His demeanor was always calm; his counsel always wise. I came to rely on him to solve difficult problems and he never disappointed. My condolences to all the family.

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