Harold G. "Dutch" Houser
Gebhart Funeral Home of Claymont
3401 Philadelphia Pike
Claymont, DE
Harold G. "Dutch" Houser

Harold G. "Dutch" Houser, 85, of Claymont, passed away on March 6, 2013.

Mr. Houser was a graduate of Tamaqua High School in Tamaqua, PA. He earned his bachelors in science from East Stroudsburg University and his masters degree from West Chester University. Dutch was a teacher for 34 years for the State of Delaware/Brandywine School District/Mt. Pleasant High School, retiring in 1989. He was a longtime football coach. Dutch also coached various other sports during his career, including baseball, basketball and wrestling. Upon retirement, he spent time hunting, fishing and gardening. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed being an instructor for Delaware Hunter Safety. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Mr. Houser was a Navy veteran of World War II. He grew up during the Depression, went into the Navy right after high school, and this helped to shape him as to who he was his entire lifetime.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years: Margaret Ann; his four sons: Eric (Denise), Keith, Carl and Mark; his four sisters: Ruby, Rita, Ruth and Gladys; and four grandchildren: Heather, Cati, Cody and Kyle.

A committal service will be 11 am Wednesday, March 13, at the Chapel of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE 19701. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to American Diabetes Association, 100 W. 10th Street, Suite 1002, Wilmington, DE 19801.





Published by The News Journal from Mar. 9 to Mar. 11, 2013.
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Mark , My prayers go out to you and your family.He will always be with you and in your heart. My Deepest Sympathy, Lynn
Lynn Madden
March 11, 2013
Mr. Houser was everybody's favorite at Mt. Pleasant Jr. High. His class was one of the one's you actually looked forward to during the school day. He will be missed.
Bruce White
March 17, 2013
Dutch was one the really great guys that I was blessed to know as a teacher and coach at Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant was a special place in the 80s when I was there and it was that way because of men like Dutch. God Bless his family in this time of loss. David Needs
March 12, 2013
you will be sadly missed
mike falconi
March 12, 2013
Great man that cared about his students. Thanks for all you did for us !!
Missy Smith
March 12, 2013
My deepest condolences to the entire Houser family.
Jim & Diane Bradley
March 12, 2013
Mr Houser was one of my favorite teachers at Mt. Pleasant. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Buffy Hague-Hoeger
March 12, 2013
I never had the honor of meeting Mr Houser but I call his son Mark my best friend. I am sure all of the traits that i admire in Mark were given to him by his father. I hope he his hanging with my father in heaven and they can have a cold one and tell war stories about Mark and I. My deepest sympathies to the entire family.
Joe Coll
March 12, 2013
So sorry to hear about Mr. Houser. I remember him from Mt. Pleasant. God Bless and keep his family.
Jessica McMinn
March 12, 2013
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keep his memory alive in your heart...always.
Mick Stanziale
March 12, 2013
My deepest condolences to the entire Houser family, especially my classmates from Claymont High Class of 79, Eric and his wife Denise...
Jeff Nash
March 11, 2013
I am so sorry for you loss Mark. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time sorrow.
Dawn Greg and Chelsie
March 11, 2013
Great teacher and coach who always treated me better than I deserved. His family will probably feel a little cold now - this guy was warmer than the sun.
Gary Sokola
March 11, 2013
Fond memories of you and your loving wife welcoming us to the neighborhood some 20+ years ago will always be with us. Especially the delicious "surprises" you often left on our doorstep from your garden. You will surely be missed. May your family have comfort at this time, knowing that you are now at peace.
The Perry Family, "Your Radnor Green neighbors"
Julie Perry
March 11, 2013
Maggie and Family, I am saddened to read of Dutch's passing. I remain honored to have called him friend. Heaven's gain.
John O'Connor
March 10, 2013
Maggie and family -

I extend my sincerest sympathies to you and your family. Michaelwicz, Pollari, Modica, Bill Fentzloff and now Dutch. Those were good guys and Dutch was one of the best. I have fond memories of our card games together and my association with him at Mt. Pleasant.

Lee Eldredge
March 10, 2013
Deepest condolences.
Frederic Spengeman
March 10, 2013
You were an inspiration to me, and I'm sorry that I lost contact with you all those many years ago when you taught us at Mt Pleasant Jr High. You are well remembered.
Alan Bebout
March 10, 2013
I will always remember Mr. Houser. He had a profound influence so many students and athletes. Mr. Houser was tough but tender. Although I haven't seen him in probably forty years, I have fond memories.....he was one of the great men in my life.
one of his student althletes
March 10, 2013
Condolences to the entire family. Dutch was one of that great group of men who taught, coached, and guided us Mt. Pleasant boys of the late 50's. I had him for gym and as a basketball coach. Thanks, Dutch, for your caring and the values you imparted.
Joe Wilson
March 9, 2013
Mr. Houser was a wonderful part of a very blessed public school experience. He and his colleagues helped shape many lives.
Casey Willson
March 9, 2013
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