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John Houbolt 1919 - 2014
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April 11, 2016
John never received the recognition he deserved for the contributions he made to the Apollo Moon Shot! Von bran and the astronauts got much deserved credit for what they did but it did not masher up to "John Houbolt" contribution! I would like to see a book or a movie about this story of the space race! Thank You John!! Rest in Peace.
July 21, 2014
Neal, Prayers for you and your family. Comfort for your Mom. Articles in Daily Press honored your Dad. Will show to my niece, Eliza, age 14 and nephew, Ryan, 16.
Your father was truly a NASA pioneer.
Blessings to all. Patti Dixon, Hampton
May 17, 2014
RIP
May 03, 2014
Rest in Peace
April 30, 2014
rip
April 29, 2014
My prayers go out to the surviving family and friends may the God of comfort continue to bless you and yours especially after such a tragic loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies. 2 Cor. 1:2,3.
April 28, 2014
Thank you for your contributions to the world !
April 28, 2014
I met Dr. Houbolt as the father of his lovely and brilliant daughter Neil and only later came to fully understand and appreciate the enormous contributions that he made to our quest to reach to moon. My most sincere condolences on his passing.
April 28, 2014
To the Family of Mr.John Houbolt.
May Gods loyal love comfort you during this difficult time.
Psalms 119:76
April 27, 2014
Never met the man, but grew up in the 60's with the space race. Recently retired industrial instrument & control technican, thus worked closely with various engineering groups.
Well done, sir, we'll done RIP
April 26, 2014
My condolences to the family for their loss. While I did not personally know the gentleman, I read of his remarkable courage and perseverance in pushing for a solution to help America take one of the the many "giant leaps" and land on the moon.
April 24, 2014
My thoughts are with you at this time.....Linda Klott Windy
April 24, 2014
May the God of all comfort be with the family
April 24, 2014
Sorry for your family's loss. I served your family all the time at cracker barrel. Had to share my condolences.
April 24, 2014
To the family, my condolences for your loss, may you all find comfort by drawing close to God. James 4:8
April 23, 2014
i am soooooo sorry to hear that.
April 23, 2014
My prayers are with his family
April 23, 2014
May he rest in peace
April 23, 2014
I AM SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE. I AND I KNOW MANY OTHERS LOOK FORWARD TO A TIME WHERE WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE OUR LOVED ONES AGAIN RESTORED TO A PERFECT LIFE HERE ON EARTH. AND NO ONE WILL SAY I'M SICK ISIAH 33:24.
April 23, 2014
May his memory be eternal.

His story is remarkable. This story of persistence will serve as an inspiration for many. The more I learned about John's story during my days supervising the construction of his exhibit at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, the more I wished I had met him.

When you step back and look at the whole story, the world truly benefited from John's contributions.
April 22, 2014
"Dr. Houbolt will always be an inspiration to Joliet Township".

Zora Baron-Pursell
April 22, 2014
My prayers are with you. I was closely associated with John at the Langley Research Center for many years.
April 22, 2014
Many memories of John from my early childhood perspective in the 50s ( including one occasion of eating fabulous crepes Suzettes he made ). I'm recalling also his kindness to my son who had enormous enthusiasm for making detailed rocket ship cross-sections as a little child, and his great kindness to my parents upon the death of my brother. I can still hear John's vibrant voice and enthusiastic conversation. I came to know how unassuming he was about his many accomplishments. How courageous the whole family, including John, and especially Mary, have all been throughout his illness.
April 22, 2014
In December 1960 John and I were coauthoring a paper for publication by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The topic was aircraft propeller whirl flutter. To meet the
publisher's deadline, we often had to work together on it well into the
night, because during the day he would be away doing "business" in
Washington. Little did I know then the nature of that business. Turns out
that John's mission was to change the minds of NASA leaders,
including von Braun, who discounted the LOR approach to landing on the
moon. He did, and the rest is history.
April 22, 2014


Dear Houbolt Family,
I am so sorry for your beloved loss. May God comfort you all in your time of grief. (1Cor 1:3,4)
April 22, 2014
MAY THIS LOSS TURN INTO A BLESSING FOR YOU.MAY IT DRAW YOU CLOSER TO OUR GOD AND CREATOR WHO WILL DO AWAY WITH DEATH FOREVER.."DRAW CLOSE TO GOD AND HE WILL DRAW CLOSE TO YOU..JAS.4:8...CONDOLENCE..NORTH CAROLINA
April 22, 2014
My condolences to the family during this difficult time. May you be comforted by the love and support of family and friends and throw all your anxiety upon God because he cares for you.
April 21, 2014
I remember John as a dear friend and colleague of my late husband, E. Barton Geer, a fellow Iowa native.
Both shared many adventures in their NASA days, especially during the Apollo program. Iris Geer was his secretary for many years. Special memories to cherish. My deepest condolences for the family of a special man.
Beverly H. Geer
April 21, 2014
My condolences to the family of Mr. John Houbolt. May the hearer of Prayer help your to endure this time of sadness and may he give you peace as spoken of at Psalm 65:2. May his memories be a source of comfort to the family.
April 21, 2014
Many prayers are sent to the family of John Houbolt during this sad time. He lived a full life and hope the family remembers the good times they shared with him. Acts 17:31
April 21, 2014
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
April 21, 2014
My sympathy is with the family of your dear love one Mr. John Houbolt in your loss. While mourning the loss of a loved one is difficult, may you find comfort and hope in God's promise at Jon 5:28, 29.
April 21, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 20, 2014
Rest in Peace
April 20, 2014
In 1999, I was an engineering student working on my master's degree. I did a major research project on the Apollo program. I contacted Dr. Houbolt at his home in Virginia, and to my absolute delight, he spent quite a bit of time on the phone with me recounting his experience with the Apollo program and his days at NASA. His advice to me was to never stop learning and to help others with their education as well. A genius and a fine person. Our worlds are richer for his life. Blessings on his family.