Henry A. VAN Houtte|
June, 23, 1929 - July 4, 2013
Henry (Hank) Van Houtte, much loved and cherished husband, father, grandfather and friend peacefully passed away Thursday July 4th at the age of 84 while surrounded by his family at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. Henry was born to Elsie and Adolph Van Houtte, emigrants from Belgium, and lived in Seattle his entire life.
He graduated from Cleveland High School in1946 at 16, and four years later graduated from the University of Washington. Henry paid his way through college working nights at Griffin Fuel in Georgetown. Following college graduation he proudly served his country in the Korean War. Following his military service Henry returned to Griffin Fuel, eventually becoming the company's executive vice-president and part owner during the company's 40-plus years of operation. Upon his retirement in 1992 the firm was sold.
In 1953 Henry married the love of his life, Patricia Pearson. During their 60-year marriage they resided in West Seattle where they raised four children in a loving home. Henry loved sports and was active for many years in horse racing, not only as a fan, but as an owner and breeder. His lifelong commitment to following Husky Football, the Mariner's and Seattle's other major sports teams always made for spirited discussion. He was a dear friend to a wonderful group of lifelong, Georgetown friends and classmates that remained close throughout the years. The family would like Tony, Carl, Milo, Hardy and Don to know how much he cherished their friendship.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Marie Simpson. Besides wife Patricia, Henry is survived by four children; Curt (Sharon), Vicki (Dean), Karen (Mark) and Scott, all of whom are Seattle area residents. They all were with their father during his recent health challenges. Henry found great joy in his grandchildren; Shawna (Tim), Ryan, Teryn, Matthew, Lauren, Kelsi and his great granddaughter Laylina.
Henry will be remembered as a man who cared deeply for his family. He remained a fun, thoughtful and very humble man who was respected by those who knew him. He will be deeply missed.
Henry requested no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made on his behalf to Seattle Children's Hospital, www.seattlechildrens.org or Swedish Hospital Foundation, www.swedishfoundation.org, where he received wonderful care throughout the years. A special thanks to Dr. Douglas Hom for his 20+ years of caring for Henry.
Published in The Seattle Times on July 14, 2013