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John R. Houvener


Birth: August 26th, 1926 Death: January 13th, 2013 Age: 86 years Residence: Midland High School: Midland High School - 1945 Survived By: John is survived by his children: John and Geraldine Houvener, Julia Ann and Eugene Pomranky, all of Midland; Janine (Lynn) Hughes and Marty Hager of McMinnville, Oregon; James and Sheila Houvener of Midland; and June VanParis of Linwood, Michigan; 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. John is also survived by his two sisters, Blanche (Rusty) Allen of Midland, and Mary Anne (Annie) Heil of Houston, Texas. In addition to Eloise, John is predeceased by his parents Irving (d. 1976) and Maude (d. 1994) Houvener.

Served In: Merchant Marine Achievements: Served during WW II


Houvener, John R. Sr. Midland, MI John Russell Houvener, Sr., 86, of Midland, Michigan, passed away January 13, 2013 at Mid Michigan Stratford Village Nursing Home in Midland after an extended illness. John was born August 26, 1926 in Midland to Irving Smith Houvener and Maude Katherine (Hudgins) Houvener. He graduated Midland High School in 1945 and served with the United States Merchant Marines during World War II, honorably discharged April 4, 1947. He married Eloise Mae Malecha in Bay City, Michigan September 15, 1945 while on leave. They were married 63 years when she predeceased John on May 28, 2009 in Midland. John was employed by Consumers Energy in Midland, Bay City and Saginaw, Michigan where he retired after 34 years October 1, 1981. John was active in the Midland Sportsman Club, Mid-Michee Bowmen Club, Bay City Bowmen, and the Saginaw Field and Stream Club. John was also involved with the Midland Radio Control Modeler’s Club, Chesaning Radio Control Club and Saginaw Radio Club, and enjoyed building and flying radio-controlled airplanes. John was a longtime member of the Canada Creek Ranch in northern Lower Michigan. John was also a member of Midland Masonic Lodge #273, and the Midland First United Methodist Church. He lived most of his years in Midland with the exception of a few years in St. Charles, Michigan. John is survived by his children: John and Geraldine Houvener, Julia Ann and Eugene Pomranky, all of Midland; Janine (Lynn) Hughes and Marty Hager of McMinnville, Oregon; James and Sheila Houvener of Midland; and June VanParis of Linwood, Michigan; 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. John is also survived by his two sisters, Blanche (Rusty) Allen of Midland, and Mary Anne (Annie) Heil of Houston, Texas. In addition to Eloise, John is predeceased by his parents Irving (d. 1976) and Maude (d. 1994) Houvener. According to John’s wishes, cremation has already taken place. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 11 AM, at the Midland First United Methodist Church, the Reverend Dr. J D Landis officiating, visitation with the family an hour prior to the service with a meal following. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in John’s memory are asked to consider Midland First United Methodist Church, Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, or the EAA Young Eagles chapter 1093 of Midland.

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