Dr. Clifford C. Houk
1933 - 2015
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ATHENS - Dr. Clifford C. Houk, age 82, of Athens, died Wednesday Dec. 30, 2015, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus. Born July 7, 1933, in Dayton, he was the son of the late William E. and Naomi Ruth Thompson Houk.
A 1951 graduate of Troy High School, he received his B.S.Ed. in 1955, M.Ed. in 1956, both from Ohio University, and M.S. in industrial hygiene from Colorado State University in 1980. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Montana State University in 1966. Dr. Houk taught chemistry at Troy High School from 1956-62. He was a professor of chemistry at Ohio University from 1966-2003. He was selected by the students of OU as a University Professor. He was named AIHA Fellow in the first class of awardees.
Dr. Houk was an active member of the Athens and Ohio University community. He was active in Boy Scouts and the Athens High School Band Boosters. He was a former member of the Athens City Council and served as president of City Council. He was a member of the Athens First United Methodist Church, Athens Kiwanis Club and Downtown Athens Kiwanis for 50-plus years. He was president of Kiwanis three times and was lieutenant governor of Division 9 Ohio District Kiwanis International. He was a 50-plus-year member of Paramuthia Lodge 25 F&AM and a 50-year member of Athens Chapter 175 Order of Eastern Star. He was past worthy patron of Athens Chapter 175 OES and served as worthy grand patron of Ohio, Order of Eastern Star, in 2005. He was a member of the board of trustees of the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mt. Vernon. He also was a member of the Athens York Rite Bodies.
Cliff is survived by his wife of 61 years, Evelyn Zimmerman Houk; a daughter, Melissa Knight of New Marshfield; two sons, Marc (Gail) Houk of Medina and Scott Houk of Athens; six grandchildren, Von Houk, Jesse (Marti) Knight, Jamie Knight, Jeremi Knight, Alex Folden and Sarah Carmon; two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Blake Knight; and a brother, Don W. (Sue) Houk of Reynoldsburg.
Funeral service will be conducted Monday, 11 a.m., at Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens, with Rev. Robert McDowell officiating. Burial will be in Alexander Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Athens Chapter 175 OES will hold services Sunday at 7:45 p.m., and Paramuthia Lodge 25 F&AM will hold services Sunday at 8 p.m., both at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Clifford Houk Industrial Hygiene Scholarship, c/o Ohio University Foundation, P.O. Box 869, Athens, OH 45701; or The Ohio Eastern Star Home Capital Campaign, 1451 Gambier Road, Mt. Vernon, OH 43050. Please share a memory, a note of condolence, or sign the online register book at www.jagersfuneralhome.com.



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Published in The Athens Messenger from Dec. 31, 2015 to Jan. 2, 2016.
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January 20, 2016
I haven't been in touch with "doc" for a few years but recently he has been strongly on my mind, so I wrote him an email. It was send back to me stating I had the wrong address. I followed-up with an OU Alum and found out that Dr. Houk had passed. I am deeply saddened that I did not get to say good-bye.
He was the first person I met on my Football recruiting visit (1990)and a huge reason I signed with OU Football. He was not only my mentor in IH but in athletics and life. He provided me with the skills and knowledge for a very successful career. I am so blessed and would not be where I am today with out him. Thank you so much "Doc", you will always live in me. Mrs. Houk, thank you for all your support of OU. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Matt Miller
B.S in IH and OU Football Team (1990 - 1994)
Matt Miller
January 19, 2016
Evelyn and Family,
I just learned today that Cliff had passed. Please accept my sincere condolences. I enjoyed working with him so much and loved his dry sense of humor (we were always teasing). I will miss talking to him on the phone and will always remember his smile. My heart goes out to your family and I will keep precious memories.
Rhonda Gibson
January 15, 2016
Dear Houk family,

I am so sad to read of Cliff's passing. I always enjoyed catching up when I saw him at an alumni or athletic event. And the memories of his work for the Marching Green and Gold will never leave me.
Bill and I send our prayers to all of you. Peace.
Julie Brophy Righter
January 14, 2016
Dear Evelyn and family,

My Condolences to you Evelyn with the passing of Cliff. I was out of town and missed the announcement until recently. I always enjoyed rooting on the OHIO Bobcats and visiting with Cliff and you at pre-game events, Green & White and Bobcat Club events and Bobcat bashes over the years. My best to you and your family as we remember cliff and recall the great opportunity and privilege to have known him.
Kevin Witham
January 13, 2016
I took Dr. Houk's introductory chemistry course at OU during summer session, 1982. He began every class the same way - by drawing a large chalk smiley face on the blackboard. More than being just a great teacher, he was overflowing with optimism and friendliness.
Hollis Chen
January 10, 2016
Mr. Houk was one of my favorite teachers at Troy High back in 1961-62. My condolences to all his family.
Sandy Schaefer
January 8, 2016
Gene Westenbarger
January 7, 2016
Dearest Evelyn, Marc and Gail,
Scott, Melissa and Grandchildren,

My mentor, friend and buddy is gone but he remains in my heart forever. We met Cliff and Evelyn at church in
Bozeman, Mt while we were both attending school at Montana State University in 1961. Our friendship started and grew from then. He served as my friend, partner, mentor and advisor. Our families enjoyed many activities and laughter throughout the years. Cliff was our chauffeur taking us to church each Sunday and to other activities as we had no car.

Fortunately we were able to meet Cliff and Evelyn in Arizona, Albuquerque and Athens several times over the years. I was amazed at his fondness (pure love) for sports and how he and Evelyn attended all events for his school.

Cliff was a very good man, kind to all he met and interfaced with. I never heard an unkind word.

He was a good friend, good buddy and great mentor. Robin and I will miss him a bunch and we will be thinking of him often.

Phil and Robin Callow
January 7, 2016
Dear Evelyn and Family---I'm so sorry for your loss of Cliff. You are such good friends and I just love being at the basketball games with you both. I got to know him through church meetings when I was the chairman of finance. I'll never forget back in 2008 when I was trying to decide whether my moving to Gallipols was a good idea or not and I was at the prayer rail in church a couple of times and there was Cliff right behind me with his hand on my shoulder. That was so like Cliff as he was a very caring man! You Are In My Prayers
Jim Williams
January 6, 2016
Dear Evelyn & kids,
Marty & I are so sad to hear of Cliff's passing. He looked so good at the reunion & we will miss him. Many good memories between us over the years. Know our thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love & Hugs. Connie & Marty Brumbaugh. Hillsdale MI & Chandler AZ
Marty Brumbaugh
January 5, 2016
Dear Evelyn, my sincere condolences to you and your Family. Cliff was a true role model for his service to Ohio University, Ohio Athletics and the Athens community. Everything he did was to better those around him. Sending love, thoughts and prayers, Kelsey
Kelsey Thomas
January 5, 2016
My thoughts & prayers are with the Houk family during this time of loss. I was blessed to know Cliff or C2H as a professor, colleague, advisor but most of all as a very good friend for over 30 years. I will miss him very much as will all who knew him and loved him. He was an outstanding teacher that got you interested in the subject matter as well as believing in yourself. I still laugh about all the crazy t-shirts he used to wear in Chemistry 141 (Avogadro's number anybody)! He coaxed me to change my major from chemistry to something called industrial hygiene - although I had no clue what that was at the time. Cliff really enjoyed keeping up with his former students whereabouts and was always interested in what was happening in their lives. I always enjoyed seeing him in Athens or professional conferences and meetings we attended together. C2H had a great impact on my life and I am forever grateful to him and will always remember him fondly.
Jay Brown
January 5, 2016
He meant a great deal to me as a young man at OU, and beyond, and he will not be forgotten.
Steve Betsko
January 5, 2016
Dear Evelyn and family,
I'm so sorry to hear of Cliff's passing. Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers.
Anne Ross
January 5, 2016
Dear Mrs Houk and family, my sincere condolences on the loss of Dr. Houk, you are in my prayers. I will always remember Mr. Houk as my very best teacher ever. A great inspiration to me.
Hunter Russell
January 4, 2016
I remember Mr. Houk as one our most memorable and interesting teachers at Troy High School. After 50 plus years, I still retain the knowledge I learned from his classes.
Dennis Odham
January 4, 2016
I was extremely sorry to learn of Cliff's passing. He had more impact on my life than anyone except my father.

I never took a class from him, but I worked for him for three years while I was getting my undergraduate degree. He helped me get into and graduate from the Honors College.

He helped me get my job with DuPont, with his "hire him, you will not regret it" letter of recommendation!

I am a Viet Nam vet, and I could always count on getting a note from Cliff on every Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Veteran's Day.

Cliff will be missed by everyone who ever knew him. He was such a kind and giving man.

I am so sorry for your family's loss, Evelyn. I will surely miss C2H, but he is in a better place now.

Rick Kellemeyer
January 4, 2016
All the members of the Ironton Kiwanis send their condolences to the family. He was a wonderful credit to the Kiwanis family of clubs.
Mary Roush
January 4, 2016
Evelyn, Marc, Scott and Melissa- My most sincere condolences to you all- I'll miss your dad tremendously. He was a big part of my life in Athens, and a great influence on learning to be a Scout. He had a great gift of giving advice, and wise counsel over the years. His years of Scouts were among the best I remember. Nothing can capture the memories I and the rest of the family will cherish over the years. Bless you all,

The Wagners (Rolla, Ella, John)
john wagner
January 4, 2016
Evelyn, Please allow me to add my sincere condolences to you and your family. I have pleasant memories of my association with him and he was a vital contributor to his profession and his community.

Philip D. Kinnard, M.D.
January 3, 2016
Deepest condolences, Evelyn. The OU program has lost its best and most ardent supporter. I will miss Cliff.
Tim Ryan
January 3, 2016
I am deeply saddened by the passing of your father Marc. He was a second father to me, and I have been remembering all the lessons he taught us as growing up over the past days. Scouts, hockey, road trips, teaching advice and personal advice. Dr. Houk was such a kind, giving man. We have all been blessed to have been impacted in such positive way by him. Mrs. Houk, Marc, Melissa, and Scott know that you will be in my prayers.
John Chubb
January 3, 2016
Please accept my deepest condolences. I am praying for strength and comfort for the Houk family.
Keith Foley
January 3, 2016
Evelyn,
Steve and I are thinking of you and your family. Cliff was a great inspiration and a great example of volunteer service to his community. All of us in his Kiwanis family will certainly miss him!
Leanne Allen
January 3, 2016
Papa Cliff, we will miss your "ditto's" and caring, loving ways....thank you for making our lives just a little better with your friendship. Loved serving with you in our 2005 Grand Family, OES...Star Love, Peg Reiterman
January 2, 2016
Evelyn & family, may the memories of your loved one give you peace, comfort, and strength.
Jeannie Nuzum
January 2, 2016
EVELYN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. HE WAS A WONDERFUL MAN AND A GREAT LEADER.
Amy Wood
January 2, 2016
Dear Houk family-
Marc, I was so sorry to read of the passing of your father. Peace and blessings to you and your family.
Ronda Walls-Paoletti
January 2, 2016
Evelyn our prayers and condolences go out to you and your family at this time Doug and Betsy Whitaker
Doug Whitaker
January 2, 2016
Cliff was a great teacher and advisor.
Lowell Wagner, Troy High '59
Lowell Wagner
January 2, 2016
Alvin and Linda Smith
January 2, 2016
My dear Evelyn and family: I was so sorry to hear about Cliff's passing. His smiles and his hugs will surely be missed. I pray that God brings you comfort and peace.
Patti & Tom Logan
January 2, 2016
Evelyn,

We share in your sorrow, but rejoice in the promise of the Lord. May HIS comfort and peace be with you now and forever. Remember the familiar Proverbs 3:5-6 that we have heard many times in our association.

Love from your chorus friends, Al and Linda
Linda and Alvin Smith
January 2, 2016
Evelyn, Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Our grand family will missed him greatly. Dorothy & Mary(Mom)
Dorothy Ballard
January 2, 2016
So many years of Cliff & Evelyn's support and attendance for OU & youth Hockey Games both away and at Bird Arena. I expect Cliff will trade his special Blue line chair for one even higher overseeing future games. Thanks for all the wonderful memories!
Mike L'Heureux
January 2, 2016
Dear Evelyn and family,

I am truly saddened to hear of Dr. Houk's passing. Hands down he was my favorite professor and a terrific mentor. He convinced me to put my chemistry skills toward the science of Industrial Hygiene and I am forever grateful, having enjoyed an excellent career for more than 25 years! I had the pleasure of being taught in a small class with Mike and Jay and could not have received a better or more personalized education at Ohio U (Class of 1987). You all are in my prayers.
Julie Panko
January 2, 2016
We will certainly miss Cliff. He was a special person. Evelyn, you and your family are in our prayers.
Barry & Cheryl Metzger
January 2, 2016
Very sorry to hear this. Sympathies to Marc and the rest of the family during this time of grief.
Mark Brozak
January 2, 2016
Dear Mrs. Houk and Family--

Our family is deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Houk's passing. He was a wonderful teacher and a great friend to our dad, Bob Kline. I will always remember running into him at every OU sporting event I went to! There should be a statue of him at the Convo.

Our hearts go out to you.

Jenny Kline
Washington, PA

Paul Kline
Minneapolis, MN

Chris (Kline) King
Cleveland, OH

Martha Kline
Etna, OH

Bob Kline
League City, TX
January 2, 2016
Evelyn, we are so sorry of hear of Cliff's passing. Our prayers are with you and the children.
Shirley & Jack Brownewell
January 2, 2016
Dear Evelyn and Family,
Very sorry to hear of Cliff's passing. He was a great guy. We had some good times when I was on the tennis team at Troy High. You were living on Water St. at the time. God bless and take care.
Masonic Brother
Nelson Frantz
Franklin Lodge #14
Troy, Ohio
January 2, 2016
.Mary and I were saddened to learn of Cliffs passing. He made a tremendous impact on my. Life through both Scouts and Kiwanis. We would mosT certainly be in Athens to share our condolences but are in England visiting Meredith. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

MAX Bucey
January 2, 2016
Evelyn and family, Pat and I are profoundly sorry about Cliff's passing, but are gratified that all of you are surrounded by the love and compassion of your family and many good friends. We pray that the peace of Christ and His comfort be with all of you during this time of sorrow and grief.
A number of years ago, I realized that of all teachers I've had,he was the best and my favorite. His HS chemistry class was not only challenging but one of the main reasons that I chose medicine as a career. I am so grateful that he and I reconnected our friendship after all these years. Although he was a great educator, he was an even better person. I will never forget him. Eldon Cassell, class of 1963.
Eldon Cassell
January 2, 2016
Cliff was a fine man and will be missed by so many. In my travels with the Order of the Eastern Star, he was always a friendly face and had "words of wisdom" to share. His legacy will live on in many special memories.
Linda Curtis
January 2, 2016
A leader in everything he enjoyed , a giver in his community, a Brother of fine repute in his Phi Kappa Sigma social fraternity...God speed Brother Houk as you take your place in the Chapter Eternal.
Jim Welch
January 2, 2016
Peace be with you.
Chuck McCormack
January 1, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of Cliff's passing. He was always so kind. We really appreciated his and Evelyn's support of the trombone studio at OU. Rest in peace, Cliff.
Sarah Paradis
January 1, 2016
Wendy Kastely
January 1, 2016
RIP Dr. Houk. What a shock and loss. Very few people supported Athens Marching Green and Gold as much as you, sir. I thank you for that. I will miss talking OU football and basketball with you, but I know you and dad will be talking up a storm in Heaven! Until we see each other again ... Watch over us.
Wendy Kastely
January 1, 2016
I was a lab assistant for Mr. Houk in 1958-59 and was the first to put a thistle tube through a light fixture during a hydrogen generator demo at the new THS. He was our advisor for Key Club. A true gentleman and scholar. A true educator
Dan Rasor
January 1, 2016
So very sorry for your loss!
Matthew & Stephanie Morris
January 1, 2016
Dear Houk Family - So sorry to hear the news. I always enjoyed seeing him and catching up. Please know that I'm thinking of you all.
Laura Landry Meyer
January 1, 2016
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January 1, 2016
Evelyn,
I hated hearing the news of Cliff's death. He was a great Skull and has been referred to as the "best Beta Zeta member ever." I appreciate what he did for me in 1970 and always loved seeing you both at the various functions over the years. Right now I can imagine him and Wycoff telling each other stories, each more outrageous than the one before. I'm sorry I can't come monday since I have a doctor's appointment to discuss treatment of a problem I'm having. Here's a picture.
Don Kondik
January 1, 2016
Dear Family,

Mr. Houk was my high school chemistry teacher. Chemistry was far from my favorite subject, but he was an amazing teacher and I remember him with fondness.
Jan Lendino
January 1, 2016
Dear Evelyn and Family
Cliff led his division well when he was Lt Gov during 1988-89. He will be missed.
We extend our condolences at his passing.

Gary and Pat DeHass, Medina, OH
Gary DeHass
January 1, 2016
Dear Evelyn and family, we are saddened to learn of Cliff's passing. I always enjoyed Cliff's presence in the Chemistry Department and we have fond memories of attending hockey games with both of you. Our sincere thoughts are with all of you at this sad time.

Peter and Judith Johnson
January 1, 2016
Cliff was a fine individual, valued colleague, and a true friend. He was a real educator in or out of the classroom and will be so greatly missed by all of us who loved and respected him.
Chuck Hart
January 1, 2016
Dear Evelyn and family, we send our deepest sympathies to you. Dr. Houk was a wonderful man and for the times we have seen both of you at OU events it has always been very memorable. He will be missed greatly. He reminded me of my father and now he and my dad can meet in heaven. Our prayers go out to you and always remember he is never far away because he is always in your heart.
Mary Jo Swintek
January 1, 2016
I'm so sorry for the loss of such a great person. It was a true honor to be one of Dr. Houk's industrial hygiene students. We not only learned about health and safety from C2H, but how to be good people as well. I use these lessons daily in my personal and professional life, and hope that I can make the same type of positive impact on the lives of others as Dr. Houk did. The Houk family is in my prayers during this difficult time.
Kristi (Moreland) Hames
January 1, 2016
Sorry for your loss. I took my tier 3 class with Dr Houk in the summer of 98. Chemical health and the environment. Really enjoyed his class and he was great to listen to. I've always used one of his quotes in my health and science classes. "It's not the poison, it's the dose".
Nate Reynolds
January 1, 2016
Evelyn, while we did not know Cliff we always enjoyed seeing you two together. Certainly he will be missed by you, your family and the Athens community. May peace be with you.
Cheryl and Tony Sylvester
January 1, 2016
Evelyn, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Doris Brown (Euless, TX)
January 1, 2016
Evelyn and family , so sorry to read on line of the passing of Cliff,you all have been a big part of the King family, we have many great memories of your family. I'm in florida so can't visit. But lm there in thought. Take care.
Garry, Laura, Denise, the Kings.
December 31, 2015
Dr. Houk is at least partly responsible that I am an OU grad. Though he was not my teacher at Troy High, he heard I had been accepted and he and Evelyn drove me the 3.5 hours to Athens to see about scholarships housing, etc. Who does that? Someone like Cliff Houk and I have been forever grateful. He obviously continued his amazing caring ways throughout his life. My sympathy's to you, Evelyn, and your family. Becky Karnehm Maccardini, class of 1960, Troy High School
Rebecca Karnehm Maccardini
December 31, 2015
The world is a sadder place now.
Mike & Connie Hunter
December 31, 2015
Dear Mrs Houk and family, my sincere condolences on the loss of Dr. Houk, you are in my prayers. I also would like to offer our heartfelt sympathy on behalf of the Ohio University Trombone Studio. I have only known Dr. Houk for about a year and half, but in this short time I was able to witness his passion for the community, students, music and, especially, his life companion, Mrs. Houk. His presence will be deeply missed.
Lucas Borges
December 31, 2015
Cliff, C2H, started me and many others in a career in Industrial Hygiene. I remember working hardest to convince Dr. Houk that classes outside on the lawn were the best for opening our young minds...occasionally it worked. I have thought of Dr. Houk often, with both fondness and respect, usually after I have helped someone as he helped so many of us. Thank you C2H.
David Jackson
December 31, 2015
Mr Houk was an honorary member of the Troy High School Class of 1961. He has honored us with his presence at our reunions to sing a school song every 5 years with one upcoming in 2016. It is with great sadness that I read of his passing. He was a favorite teacher of mine because of his understanding and patience with a student who needed it to sound simpler. He will be sorely missed. I send my deepest sympathies to his family. Gods peace to all of you.
Rosemary Jones
December 31, 2015
Evelyn and family, you have my deepest sympathy. Cliff was Avery kind and caring person. I'm so glad I was appointed Grand Representive to Florida has and JoAnn's year.Thanks for all the memories.
Carolyn and Sam Warner
December 31, 2015
When Dr. Houk arrived at Colorado State University, he was affectionately named "the Incredible Houk", and so the name stuck to this day.

Cliff was a dear friend and mentor, and I'll cherish the memories of conversations and time with him.

My sincere condolences to Ev, Marc, Melissa and Scott.
Harry Beaulieu
Harry & Serrita Beaulieu
December 31, 2015
Cliff skiing-2001
Harry Beaulieu
December 31, 2015
Cliff and Harry-Idaho City hot springs-2001
Harry Beaulieu
December 31, 2015
Evelyn and family, our most sincere sympathy. Cliff was a man who dedicated his time and energies for Ohio University and certainly respected as a professor and a loyal alum. Once retired he continued to play a role in the College of HSAP. A job well done.
Skip and Sonnie Vosler
December 31, 2015
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Cliff was such a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by all but remembered with love.
Kristin and John Lenhart
December 31, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to the family in the loss of such a nice person. We got to know Cliff during his Worthy Grand Patron years and to love him and Evelyn. He was a gentle and fun man to be around and to be instructed by. His students MUST have really loved and learned much from him. You have many many happy memories of him as do we. One of our fairest among thousands!!!
Chuck & Bev DePoy
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