William A. "Bill" Houston
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Houston William A. "Bill" Houston, 60, died January 23, 2017. Survived by wife of 31 years, Terri (Maloney) Houston; son, Zak; daughter, Deirdre; parents, William and Amy Houston; sister, Lynn Houston (Mark Dice); brother, Michael Houston; mother-in-law, Margaret Maloney; brothers and sisters-in-law, Danny and Ruth Ann Maloney, Kathy and Jamie Havens, Marty and Randy Detwiler, Julie and Jim Nugent, Mike Maloney and Trish Jackson; nieces and nephews, Cynthia Houston, Julian Condo, Andrew Havens, Christopher Detwiler (Samaneh Hamadani), Courtney Detwiler (James Rogers), Jimmy and Patrick Nugent, Maggie Maloney, Iona Jackson, and Rose DeFluri; long-time friends, Jack Morehart, Carol Zen, and David Green. Bill was fiercely loyal to family and friends who enjoyed his quirky sense of humor and quiet acts of kindness. He was a thoughtful mentor to many in his professional and private life. An invitation to enjoy his tasty grilling skills was always greatly anticipated. Bill had an unwavering faith, thoughtful spirituality, and acceptance of all religions. He was a graduate of Ohio State University School of Journalism, and continued to hone his skills as a technical writer, project manager, and Vice President for Global Technology Infrastructure at JPMorgan Chase. A celebration with Bill's family and friends will be held at the Columbus Park of Roses Shelter House, Sunday, January 29, 1:30-4 p.m. Enter at 3901 N. High Street and follow drive west into Park. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Monday, January 30, St. Thomas More Newman Center, 64 W. Lane Ave., Columbus 43201. Fr. Vincent McKiernan and Fr. Peter Gideon, concelebrants. The family will greet friends from 10:30-11 a.m. The family welcomes contributions in his memory to the James Cancer Center Development Office, PO Box 183112, Columbus, OH, 43218, or Zusman Hospice, 1151 College Avenue, Bexley, OH 43209. Arrangements by O'SHAUGHNESSY CO., call 614-221-2311 with questions.



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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, 2017.
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March 31, 2017
I was saddened to read of Bill's passing in Triangle Review. Bill and I were Triangle fraternity brothers at OSU. We reconnected when I worked briefly at Chase. "Wild Bill" was one-of-a-kind. My deepest condolences to Terri and the family.
Phil Harris
March 27, 2017
I learned of Bill's (Wild Bill) passing through the Chapter Eternal section of Triangle Review. He was one of my pledge brothers. After a moment of sadness a smile came across my face as I thought of Bill's energy, wit, continuous smile, and willingness to help. My thoughts and prayers are with Bill and his family.
Tony Toth
February 1, 2017
I knew Bill from CompuServe and JP Morgan, I was shocked when I heard of his passing, he was a great guy, always a smile! So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Lisa Roberts
January 31, 2017
My deepest sympathy and condolences on your loss. May GOD wrap his arms around you and guide you through this difficult time.
Timberly S. Leffler
January 31, 2017
Terri and family, we just found out yesterday of Bill's passing. You have our deepest sympathy! If there is anything we can do, just ask.

Your neighbor,
Paul and Linda Seelman
Paul Seelman
January 30, 2017
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January 30, 2017
Teri, I had the chance to get to know Bill at CNS. We traveled training a new software package. What a joy. Bill was patient, understanding and funny.

I can't imagine what you're going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kelly Blake
January 30, 2017
Bill and I worked together at CNS rolling out a new ticketing and reporting system. We traveled to NYC, London and Germany. What an adventure! Bill gave me my first taste of project management. Thank you, Bill. He was patient, understanding and funny.

I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine what you're going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Kelly Blake
January 30, 2017
Bill will be greatly missed. Condolences to the family.
Jeff Turner
January 30, 2017
I first met Bill at CompuServe. He was so very patient with all my design changes and we became good friends. I was overjoyed when I started at the bank and heard he was here. I had the pleasure of working with him weekly for the last 10 years. He always took time to help answer any questions, and after we always caught up. He will be fondly remembered for his happy eyes and beard. Absolutely one of the best!
Theresa Hatem
January 29, 2017
Bill was one of the most sweetest, kindest person I know. His memory will live on. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and I'll always remember him.
Chien Yu
January 29, 2017
When I think of Bill, this quote by Charles Dickens comes to mind:

"Imagine one day struck out of your life, and think how different its course would have been....Think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, thorns and flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day." -Charles Dickens

One memorable day. The first time I met Bill, almost exactly 20 years ago, he was interviewing me for what became my first real job. It was just before Valentine's Day, and we were talking about our Valentine's Day plans with our families. He told me he was making a card for Terri. I've thought of that over the years, because it was a good reflection of who Bill wasHe loved and cherished his family, his heart was big, he put it into everything he did, and he had so much room in it.

He probably didn't even realize it, but the thread that led me to live and work in Boston began with him. My first job, his belief in me and support to continue going to the next level and the nextas well as to just keep on goingeven when things were tough; the people he subsequently introduced me to; and ultimately, the job in Columbus that, many years later, because of the skills that began with Bill, and the people I came to know as a result of knowing Billbecame a job in Boston.

So Bill, thank you for the career, and thank you for Boston. And thank you for sharing your wonderful perspective on the world, for all of the laughter until our sides ached, for the many cups of coffee with the gang at Cup O' Joe, and the endless belief in us. You will be missed by many.

Terri and family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Sending you much love
Heidi Tran
January 29, 2017
Bill and I became friends while sharing an office at AccuRay in 1985. And that was it, he was my friend. The memories with he and Terri and my wife are numerous times of great food, conversation, and laughter. Bill will always be a part of me. I loved my friend very much! Much love and continued devotion to his beautiful family.
Vincent Mason
January 28, 2017
Terri, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill is likely the closest mortal to being on the other side in this life, that I know. Now he has crossed over and is home. He spread his Peace with our Taiji group and was pleasant and wise beyond his years. I learned as much from him as he did from me. His presence will be greatly missed. Nameste Bill
Jeff Radcliff
January 27, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. Bill was one of the most sweetest, kindest person I know. He was a great co-worker, I could always count on him for help. We would often talk in the halls, he always had a kind word. The world has lost a great person. I will miss talking to him.
Vicky Gates
January 27, 2017
To the Houston family sorry for your lost.
I had the opportunity of working with Bill at JPMChase . Bill had a Heart of a giant and the patience for the whole world and was always there to help. PAfter leaving the bank Bill always kept in touch.
Bill will be greatly missed by all.
Barbara Walker
January 27, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. I will always remember Bill showing me things I did not know at work. We had many moments spent with each other during very crucial times at work and got thru all the turbulence. Bill's knowledge and patience will be truly missed.
Mark Steich
January 27, 2017
Bill always had time to help, no matter how long it took. He was always thorough is his work. This is a GREAT loss.
Rob Kayaian
January 27, 2017
Bill and I worked together at WorldCom and when we left there, there was still a small connection between us since I became an adult Irish step dancer and met Terri, who also took the dance, and found out that she was his wife. I thought, "What a small world." So from time to time, I would still get to see Bill.
Terri, Zak, Deirdre, and all the rest of the family, I am so, so sorry for your lost. He was a good, kind man. He will be truly missed by many. My prayers go out to you all.
Pam Hartman
January 27, 2017
Dearest Terry, I never really spent much time with Bill, but if Zak and Deirdre is any indication of his humor, character, and talent, he was a very amazing husband, father and human being. My deepest sympathies to all of you. Megan, Kristel and Vincent also send their condolences. Peace be in your hearts.
Susan Tan
January 27, 2017
It was a pleasure and honor to have worked with Bill at Chase for so many years. As a cancer survivor myself I understand the struggle and am very sorry that Bill succumbed. My deepest condolences to all the family, he was a fine respected manager and excellent example of the kind of integrity that inspires others.
Patrick Giese
January 26, 2017
My prayerw are with you and your family.
Joyce ONeill
January 26, 2017
My heart is so sad hearing of Bill's passing. My daughter Shelby and I are long-time neighbors and have so many great memories of the Houston family. Deirdre and Shelby have grown up together playing and recently Deirdre used her great make-up skills getting Shelby ready for prom. I always remember Zak coming by to tell Deirdre it was time to come home and after they would leave I always thought Zak and Deirdre must take after their dad...so sweet, kind, gentle, and all around great people. This is true of the entire family. I have read the comments and cry but yet smile at all the wonderful words reflecting Bill's life.
Beth Tour
January 26, 2017
I had the opportunity of working with him at JP Morgan, he was always kind, patient and willing to help, he was taking time to call you and guide you through the process to make sure you understand, he will be missed
Liliana Carmona
January 26, 2017
So sorry for your loss ... Bill was always so kind, knowledgeable & helpful. He will be greatly missed by his Chase colleagues.
Patty Swingle-Merryman
January 26, 2017
God Bless... Bill was a truly a gentleman, always helpful, and will be missed very much. Prayers to his family and love ones...
Andy Roman
January 26, 2017
I met Bill at JPMC, he sat one row over for a few years. A very sweet man who always had kind words and I enjoyed conversations with him when I'd see him in the hall. He left an impression on anyone who had the opportunity to talk to and know him. Thinking of his friends and family, so very sorry for your loss.
Lisa Chaffin-Murphy
January 26, 2017
you were a hard working and honest man Bill, I will sorely miss your assistance and guidance. Heaven is truly a better place with you joining it.

As for Mrs Houston and family, I can only imagine the depths of pain and sorrow you are going through. My family's thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bryan Brookey
January 26, 2017
We were so sad to hear about Bill passing. He was one of the greats at JP Morgan. Bill stepped up always willing to help and always kind. Sorry for your loss he will be missed.
Paula Bailey
January 25, 2017
With Chien on her last visit to Columbus.
My thoughts and prayers are with Terri, Deirdre, and Zak. Bill was one of the most beautiful human beings I ever knew. He was kind, wise, and embraced everyone as family. He had a distinct empathy, tolerance, and wit that won him many good friends who appreciated his qualities. He will be forever remembered. Rest in eternal peace Bill.
Zoey (Zaineb) Alani
January 25, 2017
Thinking of you and sending our sincere sympathy
Donna & Tom Maloney
January 25, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to you Mrs. Houston and family. I met Bill at CPS and then we met again at JPMC. Bill was such a pleasant person he will be missed.
Jackie Monroe
January 25, 2017
Terri, sending prayers to you and your family. I remember Bill as a funny, joyful kind man in our days of DH-Triangle get togethers in the mid-seventies. Thinking of you at this very sad time.
Rita Donley
January 25, 2017
Billy, though I only met you a couple of times, your sister and my best friend, Lynn, spoke of you with love and admiration. My prayers are with your family.
Candice Haffner
January 25, 2017
You will be missed -
Aunt Ine
Adeline Mullen
January 25, 2017
So sad to hear about "Wild Bill's" passing. He was one of my Triangle fraternity brothers in college. So many great memories. He had such an infectious happiness about him. My condolences to his family,
Jamie Etherton
January 25, 2017
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Matthew Phillips
January 25, 2017
Bill was such a joy to be around here at JPMorgan Chase! May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with the family
Linda Alexander
January 25, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the Houston Family and Friends. Bill was a tremendous partner, change champion and reliable friend. I miss him!
Lisa Michelle Smith
January 25, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers to the Houston Family. We love you Terri.
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January 25, 2017
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Christine Cordi
January 25, 2017
Remembering Bill, my Brother in Faith, friend, and professional partner. You brought kindness and humor into my everyday life. I look forward to continuing our friendship in the presence of our Lord.
Dan Foushee
January 25, 2017
My deepest sympathies to your family. Bill was always very kind and a pleasure to work with, he will be missed dearly.
Dinah Johnson
January 25, 2017
Bill will be missed by his JPMC family. Such a gentle soul and calming influence to all that worked with him.
Cindy Hurst
January 25, 2017
Bill was the most wonderful man.. I have known him for all 12 years at Chase.. He will be so very much missed.
Laura Denner
January 25, 2017
A lifetime ago it seems - when I was a student at Ohio State - I had a buddy - my best buddy. We got into so much mischief together. I shall miss you lil we meet again, Bill.

Even though distance separated us, whenever we got together, talked, emailed - we just picked up where we left off. I am grateful for the moments we had last weekend.

At OSU, in the fall, we used to sniff the air (in Ohio, mind you) and argue about whether or not it smelled like snow. It doesn't smell like snow very much in Ohio. Last evening, Bill, it did smell like snow. I figured you sent it to me from somewhere up above.

Love to the whole Houston-Maloney clan. Sending lots of prayers your way.
Carol
January 25, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers to the Houston Family. The JPMC Family has lost a very kind soul. We will miss you Bill!
Marc Iuliani
January 25, 2017
Bill's life was an example to follow, he helped many and I am grateful to have known him. It was many years ago that he helped the displaced workers by arranging training, but I have never forgotten! His help was a stepping stone which launched my current career at Nationwide Insurance. I was very shocked and saddened to hear this news. My deepest condolences!
Kris Garren
January 25, 2017
Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Melanie Mikusa
January 25, 2017
My deepest sympathies to your family. I'm sorry I won't be able to attend his services as I will be out of town for work, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Ann Ralston
January 25, 2017
Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Billy, he will be dearly missed.
Lisa Mullen
January 25, 2017
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Jeffrey Garren
January 25, 2017
I was shocked to hear of Bills passing, we were just chatting the other day as we often did in the halls at Chase. I remember when my wife was laid off at CPS 12 years ago he plugged her into the PMP class he was organizing to help the displaced workers. It helped my wife get back on her feet again afterwards. One of the many small kindnesses he was known for. We will miss you Bill.
Jeff Garren
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