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Gerald Red Houzenga

September 28, 1925 April 3, 2016
Gerald Red Houzenga
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GERALD "RED" HOUZENGA, 90, of Morrison, IL, died Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison, IL. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with Mr. Ken Renkes, Director of Congregational Care for Ebenezer Reformed Church officiating. A visitation will be held from 5:00 " 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6th, at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison. Memorials have been established to Resthave Nursing Home and Morrison American Legion Post #328. Red was born September 28, 1925, in Fulton, IL, to Henry and Rena (Balk) Houzenga. He was educated in the Fulton grade schools and was a graduate of Fulton High School. He served in the U. S. Army in both the Pacific and European Theaters during WWII. On February 26, 1947 he married Marian I. "Pat" Rose in Morrison. She died November 21, 2009. Red was employed by the Bennett Box Factory in Fulton, Climax Engineering and also Brown, Lynch and Scott in Rock Falls, IL, and lastly for 33 " years at General Electric in Morrison, retiring in 1985. He attended Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison and was a member of Morrison American Legion Post #328. Red was an avid woodworker. He also enjoyed the coffee fellowship at Hardees, and spending time with his grandchildren playing cards. Survivors include two daughters, Linda (Tom) Ekle of Waterman, IL and Jane (Eric) Thompson of Melvin, IL; one son, Bruce (Sandra) Houzenga of Bettendorf, IA; twelve grandchildren, Brian (Carol) Duncan, Jennifer (Chris) Akers, Lincoln (Kimberly) Ekle, Thad (Jai) Ekle, Hanneke (Jim) Raymond, Peter (Betsy) Ekle, Jason (Carrie) Ekle, Stephen (Kelly) Ekle, Adam (Nicole) Thompson, Alicia Thompson, Sara (Craig) Otta, Aaron (Sarah) Houzenga; twenty-six great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Marlene Wessels of Fulton, IL. He was preceded in death by his wife; four sisters, Dorothy Sikkema, Anna Pessman, Jeannette Barr and Clara Barr.

FUNERAL SERVICE: 10:30 AM, Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home OFFICIATING: Ken Renkes " Director of Congregational Care at Ebenezer Reformed Church " Morrison, ILVISITATION: 5:00-7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home INTERMENT: Grove Hill Cemetery " Morrison, IL
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