June 22, 1924 - May 24, 2013
A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, May 30 for Dean Rueben Houk of Patterson, who died Friday, May 24 in Patterson.
Mr. Houk, 88, was born in Lompoc in 1924 to Ruben and Ada Houk. The Houk family moved to Patterson in 1942 to farm the land. Mr. Houk went into the Navy during World War II and served in the Peleliu Islands. He came back to Patterson after the war and continued farming crops such as hay and beans, later on walnuts, apricots and pears. Mr. Houk served on the Grayson Elementary School Board, was a member of Patterson Lions Club and Westley El Solyo Fire Department. He also was on the Pear and Apricot Advisory boards.
Mr. Houk is survived by his wife, Nadine Houk of Patterson; son, Thomas Houk and his wife, Maddy of Patterson; daughters, Jean Marie Mahaney of Alexandria, VA, Peggy Massey and her husband, Joe of Modesto, Carol Houk of Fresno; stepchildren, Dennis Dietz and his wife, Debbie of Oxnard, Donna Baughn of Sparks, NV; sister Evelyn Kolding and her husband, Laurence of Patterson and cousins, Burta Herger of Patterson, Judy Murphy and her husband, Bob of Elk Grove; 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
A visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29 at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave, in Patterson. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday May 30 at Hillview Funeral Chapel in Patterson. Burial will follow at Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, Patterson. .
Memorial contributions in Mr. Houk's name may be sent to Westley-El Solyo Fire Department, P.O. Box 911, Westley, CA 95387 or Boy Scout Troop 81, 312 North 6th St., Patterson, CA 95363.