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James "Jim" E. Houck, 50

July 27, 2009

MARCH 9, 1959-JULY 24, 2009

WILLIAMSON, Pa. - James "Jim" E. Houck, age 50, of Williamson, passed away July 24, 2009, at his home in the presence of his family.

He was born March 9, 1959, in McConnellsburg, Pa., to Edward and Jean (McCue) Houck. He was married to Marilyn Statler Houck on Oct. 25, 1986.

He was a graduate of James Buchanan High School and Lock Haven University.

"Jim" was employed by the Tuscarora School District for 25 years as a physical education instructor, and football and wrestling coach.

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He was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Williamson.

He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, golfing and most of all, bicycling. His favorite bike ride was riding to Thirty West Restaurant for blueberry pancakes.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his mother, Jean Houck of Edenville; two sisters, Sharon L. (wife of Paul) Emerick of Edenville, and Janice H. (wife of Duane) Statler of Edenville; and a brother, William J. Houck of Fannettsburg. Jim is also survived by his niece, Mandy Cottrill of Cumberland, Md., whom he and Marilyn raised after her mother's death; and his grandmother, Hazel McCue of Chambersburg. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and students that he loved very much.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward B. Houck; and two sisters, Barbara J. Bookwalter and Janet K. Houck.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held in the auditorium of James Buchanan High School at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, with the Rev. Alan Wilson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family requests the omission of flowers and asks that memorial contributions be made to Fix JB Sports, James Buchanan Athletic Boosters, c/o Larry Strawoet, 4773 Fort Loudon Road, Mercersburg, PA 17236; Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202; or to St. Luke's Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 227, St. Thomas, PA 17252.

Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, 725 Norland Ave., Chambersburg, Pa., will be handling the arrangements.

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