Captain Donald Cloyce House Sr., USMC Ret, 82, of Emerald Isle, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great friend, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Mr. House had been ill for more than a year. Graveside Services will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, 9 August, 2013, at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville. He served in the Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer for over 21 years and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and achieved the rank of Captain. Upon his return from Korea he married his high school sweetheart Helen Evelyn Spencer of Bridgton, NJ and began a life together that would span more than 57 years. Don followed one successful career with another as a Field Underwriter for New York Life Insurance Company, helping countless people with financial planning for more than 40 years. He was a dedicated Mason ultimately serving as Master of the Simper Fidelis Masonic Lodge #680. Don was a skilled carpenter, gardener, pianist and bridge player. Bridge gave him the opportunity to practice his true calling, that of teacher. He was an ACBL Bronze Life Master and taught classes all over the United States. He was a tireless volunteer for many causes, including the USO and Disabled American Veterans. Don was preceded in death by Helen who passed into heaven in 2009. He is mourned by his four sons, LtCol Donald C. House Jr. USMC Ret and his wife, Pamela of Bedford, Richard A. House and his wife, Kathy of Jacksonville, Kevin L. House and his wife, Tracy of Eden, Brian K. House and his wife, Jennifer of Hayesville; one sister, Joan Galle of Bridgeton, NJ; one brother, Gary House of Orlando, FL; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimerâ€™s Association in Eastern North Carolina, 3737 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27612 or to St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Electronic condolences may be left for the family at jonesfh.org.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2013