Richard Andrews Houser
1961 - 2020
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Richard Andrews Houser Rich, 58, was born on August 1, 1961 in Long Beach, California to John and Sharon (Stanley) Houser. He lost his battle with brain cancer and went home to Jesus on May 3, 2020. Rich was raised in Tacoma, WA with his three siblings, Michael, Greg and Holly. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1979 with a wrestling scholarship to Multnomah University where he planned to study biological sciences and become a mortician. Rich met his future wife, Pamela Dawson and daughter in Spirit Lake, Idaho in August, 1980. They were married on November 25, 1980, followed by a beautiful ceremony on January 10, 1981 at the Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Tacoma. They purchased their first home in Tacoma, where Rich worked for Spring Air Mattress and the family business, Big John's Trophies. In 1983, Rich and Pam moved to Idaho to raise their growing family. Rich worked construction before working in the press room at Century Publishing. He was hired by Kootenai County Assessors office in 1986 as a real estate property appraiser. After 13 years he accepted a position with Metropolitan Mortgage in Spokane, where he enhanced his education, experience and earned several certifications and designations. In 2002 Rich returned to the Kootenai County Assessors office and in 2003 was appointed Chief Deputy Assessor by Mike McDowell. He managed over 75 employees in the Assessors office and Department of Motor Vehicles in Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene. Rich was elected Kootenai County Assessor in November, 2018 and sworn into office in January 2019. Rich served as a precinct committeeman for the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee as well as on numerous state and local boards and committees. He was never just a member of any organization; he was an active servant. His greatest strength was in finance and budgets and he served as treasurer of the Friends Church board, Post Falls Church of the Nazarene and the Post Falls Lions Club. Shortly before his cancer diagnosis he was serving as a greeter at Real Life Ministries. He also served on the Post Falls Urban Renewal Commission. Rich grilled thousands of hamburgers with the Post Falls Community Volunteers and was a long-time member of the Post Falls Parade Committee. He coached wrestling, baseball and junior tackle football and officiated high school and junior college wrestling for 25 years. Rich was inducted into the Idaho Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He also received the Post Falls Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award. As an alumni of the Boys and Girls Club he was most passionate about serving as a founding member of the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County. Rich loved dirt bikes, floating the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River, panning for gold, fly fishing, golf and audio books. His greatest accomplishment was his family and while he was dedicated to his career he often took side jobs to earn a little extra to expose his family to unforgettable experiences including Caribbean cruises, coastal vacations and local camping adventures. He lived his best life every day. Rich is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Pam Houser; daughters Nellie Armstrong (David), Bethany Atkinson, Andrew Houser (Sara) and grandchildren Chalee and Becca Atkinson, Elijah Ott, Sofia Armstrong and Dawson Houser, due later in May; parents John and Sharon Houser, siblings Mike Houser (Kerri), Greg Houser, Holly Houser, Polly Johnson (Garrett), Peggy Beebe (George) and Michael Dawson (Tracey Lynn); father-in-law Mike Dawson and mother-in-law, Linda Dawson Puls; 39 nieces and nephews, including greats. If you wish to honor Rich's life, contributions in his name (in memo line) to Boys and Girls Clubs of Kootenai County, 200 W. Mullan Ave., Post Falls, ID 83854 or NI Young Life Camp Scholarships, PO Box 3087, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816 would be appreciated. A celebration of Rich's life will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday May 16, 2020, at Real Life Ministries, 1860 N. Cecil Rd., Post Falls, ID. Visit Rich's memorial and sign his online guestbook at

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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on May 13, 2020.
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May 16, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Houser family at this time of deep loss. Rich will be remembered as a committed family man, a dedicated leader in our community and a faithful servant to those in need in Post Falls, throughout Kootenai County and far beyond. Matthew 25:21
Eric & Cynthia Keck
May 15, 2020
Even though our lives have gone different directions in recent years, I will always remember the good times we had when our families were younger Both Julie and I were shocked and saddened to hear that you were ill and stunned to hear you were gone. It all seemed so fast.
I will always remember our times with you camping, boating, floating on the river and those crazy motorcycle rides in the mountains. I can still hear your voice around the campfires as if it were yesterday.
Though your time with us will always feel too short, anyone would be hard pressed to find someone who made more of their time on this earth than you. Sleep well my friend.
Jerry Ramsey
I can only imagine your pain and your struggle as you try to make a life without your life partner. Know that we will be thinking of you and your family tomorrow. We will be there in spirit even though we can't be there in person. We have all gotten better at virtual hugs, so feel mine around you as we all say goodbye to a very special man.
Love Julie Ramsey
Jerry & Julie Ramsey
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