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Houk, Paul W.

Houk, Paul W.

September 6, 1931 — January 11, 2021

Paul Warren Houk, age 89, passed away January 11, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. Paul was born on September 6, 1931 in Centertown, Missouri, to John T. Houk and Margaret Cochran Houk.

He attended schools in Cahoun, Missouri and Windsor, Missouri and enlisted into the Navy on May 19, 1950. He served during the Korean War on the USS Henrico until his honorable discharge in February of 1954.

Paul was united in Holy Matrimony to his wife, Esther Naomi Richardson, on December 29, 1956. They made their home in Raytown, MO for all 64 years of their marriage where they raised their four children. Paul was a member of Connection Point Church in Raytown, MO.

After his military service, Paul worked as an over-the-road truck driver for PIE (Pacific Intermountain Express) and then Eastern Express before becoming self-employed as an owner-operator. Later, he worked as a supervisor for C & B Maintenance in the Northland of Kansas City.

Paul loved being on the road and, once retired, enjoyed traveling and never passed an opportunity to head out with Naomi to see friends or family. For many years, they traveled to warmer climates for the winter and regularly attended the Gospel Music Festival in Osage Beach, Missouri among other events.

Paul loved being outdoors. It didn’t matter if he was mowing, watching baseball, gardening, hosting a garage sale, or simply sitting in the sun. If it was nice enough to be outside, he would be there.

He will be remembered by his ability to brighten up any room with his smile and stories, the nicknames he gave to one and all, his sense of adventure and daring, and the love he had for his family and friends. Known by his friends as Hawkeye or PW, Paul was a loyal, kind, hardworking, and funny man who was willing to help anyone who needed it. He made a lasting impact on all who knew him and made the world a better place.

He is survived by his wife, Naomi Houk of Raytown, MO; Children: Ken Houk of Fruitport, MI; Linda Myers (Randy) of Kansas City, MO; Sandy Clements (Bob) of Liberty, MO and Donnie (Sherry) Houk of Liberty, MO; Half Brother, Bob Dunning of Bend, Oregon; Sister-in-law, Cheryl (Richard) McKenzie of Belton, MO; Nephews and Nieces: Jack Johnson (Barb) of Lincoln, MO, Cheryl (Dwayne) Weinberg, of Cole Camp, MO, Danny Johnson of Lincoln, MO and Kim Hernandez of Raymore, MO. He is also survived by 7 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren.

He is proceeded in death by Grandson Tanner Kapp, Sister Bette Johnson, Nephew Scott McKenzie, and Parents John Houk and Margaret Stewart.

The family will hold a private visitation and graveside service at Parklawn Funeral Home Friday, January 15, 2021. If you are interested in joining the family remotely at the 1:45 PM graveside service, you may do so through the Updates from the Houk Family Facebook group. To request access to this group email [email protected]

We know that Paul is reunited with friends and loved ones in heaven and that we will see him again one day. Until then, we say, Paul, Keep On Trucking. We love and miss you and will see you in Glory.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Connection Point Church / Hope Network in Raytown, MO, or the Salvation Army.

Service Information

The family will hold a private visitation and graveside service at Parklawn Funeral Home Friday, January 15, 2021. If you are interested in joining the family remotely at the 1:45 PM graveside service, you may do so through the Updates from the Houk Family Facebook group. To request access to this group email [email protected]

We know that Paul is reunited with friends and loved ones in heaven and that we will see him again one day. Until then, we say, Paul, Keep On Trucking. We love and miss you and will see you in Glory.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Connection Point Church / Hope Network in Raytown, MO, or the Salvation Army.

Houk, Paul W.'s Guestbook

What a great family you have been to mom and I over the years! Paul was always there to help out and make us laugh! Great memories! Praying for you and your family.

Lisa Tucker ( Mirtz)

So sorry for your loss. I couldn't have asked for a better neighbor, always the genuinely good guy.

Kathy Fairchild and Jimmy Ballentine

We will miss you dearly, Paul. Our deepest sympathies to the family. Memories of Paul will last our life time. Big hugs!

Kenneth and Julie Poe

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