Roland Vater "Pete" Houck, D.D.S., 96, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville. A native of Vineland, N.J., he was born Nov. 10, 1916, to Robert and Alma (Vater) Houck, one of two children. Dr. Houck graduated in 1935 from Vineland High School and then attended University of Maryland from 1935-38. He received his degree in dentistry from Northwestern University
, Chicago, in 1942. It was at Northwestern that he met his beloved wife of 71 years, Helen Hopkins Houck, whom he married Sept. 5, 1941. Helen preceded Dr. Houck in death Feb. 20, 2013.
Pete, as he was known to many, enlisted in the U.S. Army
Dental Corps., Ft. Eustis, Va., as a 1st Lieutenant in 1942 and subsequently served in the 3rd Medical Battalion, Company C, in Europe for 18 months in England, Germany, France and Belgium. Dr. Houck earned European, African and Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbons as well as the WWII
Victory Medal and was discharged in 1946 at the rank of Captain. That year he moved to Easton, Md., and began a 37 year dental practice. His professional and community memberships in Maryland included: American Dental Assoc., Maryland State Dental Assoc. and Eastern Shore Dental Society; member of Talbot Country Club and member and past president of the Easton Lions Club and the First Baptist Church of Easton. Pete retired to Florida in 1986 with Helen, first living in Northport, then moving to Sugarmill Woods community in Homosassa in 1992, where they were members of Sugarmill Woods Country Club and the First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River. Pete and Helen moved to Sunflowers Springs Assisted Living in Homosassa in 2011. Dr. Houck had many interests and passions in his life. He was an avid fisherman, especially from their Maryland home "Holly Gate" on the Miles River; golf, especially during his retirement years; he was an avid sports fan who loved his Maryland Terps, Northwestern Wildcats, Baltimore Orioles and Colts, and most recently, the Tampa Bay Rays. He also enjoyed travelling the world with his wife Helen; reading anything relative to his WW II experiences, and playing bridge.
Dr. Houck is survived by his two children, Dr. William Roland Houck (wife Millie), Easton, Md., and Suzanne Houck Collins, Homosassa; grandchildren, Dr. Kristine Houck Morris, Easton, Md.; Maria Jeanette Radvansky, Pasadena, Md., and Christopher T. Collins, Ft. Collins, Colo.; and nine great-grandchildren. Pete was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Houck.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2013, at Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, Hurlock, Md. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to either Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675 or Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, P.O. Box 783, Easton, MD 21601. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, www.wilderfuneral.com.