James Howard Houck, 73, of Carroll, Ohio, died November 1, 2021 in the Fairfield Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, Ohio. James was the son of the late William Robert and Ruby Evans Houck. He is preceded in death by his brother, John Thomas Houck and life-partner, Richard Blair. He is survived by his brother, William Robert (Julie) Houck, of Marion, Ohio and sister-in-law, Judy Houck, of Hurricane, West Virginia. He is also survived by the children of Bill (Beth, Carol, Lynn), Tom (Julie, Jeffrey, John, Joseph) and Dick (Kim, Tina). James was born August 17, 1948 in Gallipolis, Ohio and grew up on First Avenue overlooking the Ohio River. He was a graduate of Gallia Academy High School and went on to earn degrees from Rio Grande College (Bachelor of Education) and Marshall University (Masters in Counseling and Rehabilitation). While at Rio Grande College he was a member of the Alpha Delta Epsilon Fraternity. During his successful career within the profession of Vocational Rehabilitation and Ohio State Workers Compensation, he served as a Director of State Rehabilitation for the State of Ohio, Chaired Professional Organizations, and was the proud business owner of MedVoc Management and Occupational Health Management. As a person, the stories of his life were captivating and amazing. If it could happen to a person, it happened to James. He was the life of the party with an amazing personality and appealing sense of humor. He had a love for literature and he himself possessed a beautiful and graceful ability to write. He found inspiration in various forms of art, which he surrounded himself within his home. But most importantly, he found happiness with his friendships, companions, family, gardening, love of pets, and occasional trips to the casinos. In many ways, what was natural for James, is what so many could wish to possess. For those who knew, worked-with, befriended, and cared for James, he left an indelible influence on their lives. For that we are grateful and we will forever miss him. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Cremeens-King Funeral Home on Saturday, May 7, 2022, with visitation from 12 Noon to 1:00 p.m. followed by the service at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Ray Kane officiating.
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