Glenn Houck

MACOMB - Glenn R. Houck, 84, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at his home.

Glenn was born on Feb. 28, 1929, in Decatur, Ill., to Walter E. and Hattie Evans Houck. He married Barbara A. Walker on June 3, 1956, in Springfield, Ill.

He is survived by Barbara and their four children, Karen J. Houck, Susan (John) Boehme, Marsha (John) Spinella and G. Richard (Karen) Houck Jr.; grandsons Barkley, Cameron, Dalton and Evan Houck, and John R. and Anthony Spinella. He also is survived by four nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Helen Joan Houck Fritz.

Glenn spent his early adolescent years in Moberly, Mo., where his interest in Scouting, camping, hunting, fishing and all out-of-doors activities began. Moving back to Decatur, he graduated from Decatur High School in 1947 and attended Millikin University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Industry.

He entered the U.S. Army in 1951 and served for two years during the Korean conflict.

After teaching industrial arts for three years at Petersburg Junior-Senior High School, and earning an M.S. degree at Bradley University, he taught at Wilmington College in Ohio before moving to Macomb with his young family in 1957 to continue his teaching career at Western Illinois University. Glenn taught industrial arts in the WIU Laboratory School from 1957 through 1973, then taught machine metals and OSHA in WIU's Industrial Education and Technology Department until his retirement in 1989. Glenn not only was an educator, but served in volunteer leadership roles in the educational community. He was a scoutmaster at Petersburg Junior-Senior High School and served as a co-adviser of the WIU Laboratory School's Explorer Scout post with his friend and colleague Dr. Maurice Kellogg. Glenn also served as an adviser to WIU's Mu Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity for 25 years.

In his personal time, Glenn used his skills and knowledge to repair and refinish a wide variety of firearms. For more than 50 years, he did repair work for several gun shops and many customers throughout west central Illinois.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, where visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. The Rev. Kelly Ingersoll will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Western High/Western Academy Scholarship Program, or the Friends of the Macomb Public Library. Please sign the guestbook or leave condolences at

Funeral Home

Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home - Macomb
201 West Carroll St  Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 833-4119

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 5, 2013