Bill Houck

Bill Houck

April 27, 1926 - June 23, 2011


Mr. William Walker “Bill” Houck, age 85, most recently of Brentwood, TN, died Thursday, June 23 at the Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Fayetteville, TN. Born in Huntington, WV, Bill grew up in Elmira, NY, the second son of the late Harvey and Irma Walker Houck. While still in high school, at age 17, he joined the United States Navy. Following his basic training at Sampson, NY, he served aboard the USS Miami, assigned to the Pacific Theatre of WW II. In 1944, the USS Miami became part of “Task Force 58″, seeing action in Saipan, Tinan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After being released from duty, Bill returned to school and studied US History at Syracuse University, NY. He continued his service to others as a NY State Trooper, before joining NCR National Cash Register as a sales agent in the mid 1950’s. He was married for 7 years to Vernice Bair, producing one child, Kim pictured with him. In Elmira, NY, he was known and remembered as the owner of “Bill’s Bar”, and a well-loved bartender at “Moretti’s”. Leaving New York, Bill moved to Las Vegas, NV working at the Las Vegas Hilton for many years until his retirement. Ultimately, his health care needs moved him to Tennessee to be near his daughter in 2009. In addition to his daughter: Kim Eric Acosta of Brentwood, TN; Bill is survived by a brother: Harvey Houck, Jr. of Lewes, DE; and a grand-daughter: Kaleigh Acosta of Brentwood, TN. Private services will be conducted by the family, who is being assisted by the Cremation Society of Tennessee.

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7 responses to Bill Houck

  1. Harvey, Kim and Kaleigh, and the many friends of Bill, many of whom I knew – I share your pain for the loss of someone who was very special in our life. Bill was very kind, trustworthy, faithful to all his friends. The picture of Bill and Kim shows how much of Bill will live on in his image. He now rests in the arms of the angels. I know he is finally at peace.

  2. On the behalf of the Wright Family our sincerest condelences in learning about the passing of Mr. William Walker Bill Houck. May prayers of comfort and healing find you all you during your continued bereavement. “May God hold and keep you in the palm of his hand, Amen” Respectively, W.J.Wright and the Wright Family

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