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