Earl J. Houston

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Earl J. Houston, 63, of Avoca, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer, at Geisinger South Hospice Community Care, Wilkes-Barre.

Earl was born in Avoca on Nov. 12, 1949, a son of the late William and Myrtle (Griffith) Houston.

Earl was a member of St. John's Primitive Methodist Church, Avoca, and attended Avoca High School. After high school, Earl joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam War.

Throughout his life, he worked for the Brooks Co., the Trane Co., Techneglas Inc. and with Simona America Inc.

Earl was a member of the VFW Post 396, Wyoming. He was an avid polka dancer, appearing on a regular basis on WVIA-TV's ""Pennsylvania Polka.""

Earl was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, and he will be deeply missed.

In addition to his parents, Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, who died July 11, 2011; his mother-in-law, Mary Wilk, who died July 9, 2013; and his siblings Doreen Stassi, Richard Houston and Rose Dockett.

Earl is survived by his son, Brian, and his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Zachary, Abigail and Benjamin, all of Exeter; his sister Betty Cimini, Avoca; his cousin, Alice Powell; brother-in-law, Frank, and his wife, Donna Wilk; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday from Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, with services at 10 a.m. at St. John's Primitive Methodist Church, Main Street, Avoca, with the Rev. Dale Pepper officiating. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Interment will be held at the Langcliffe Cemetery, Avoca, with military honors provided by the AMVETS Honor Guard of Dupont.

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Published in Times Leader from July 23 to July 24, 2013
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