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Mark H Houshower
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Birth: Jul. 20, 1920
Death: Mar. 9, 2009


The Rev. Dr. Mark H. Houshower, 88, died March 6, 2009, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

He was born on July 22, 1920, in Lancaster County, Pa., to Harvey and Stella Houshower. In 1944, he married Margaret Berky, who survives in Bluffton.

The Rev. Dr. Houshower's career in education spanned 30 years, including public school administration in Ohio and on the island of Guam, and as a professor of education and speech and academic dean at Bluffton College. He graduated from Bluffton College in 1942 and served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. He received a doctorate in education from Indiana University. At age 58, he followed a call to the ministry, including studies at Eden Theological Seminary and service as an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ at various congregations including Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Bluffton from 1989 to 2000.

Survivors also include a son, Hans (Linda) Houshower, of Bluffton; a daughter, Tina (Peter) Bruckner, of Phoenixville, Pa.; a sister, Fern Miller, of Bowmansville, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Lester Houshower.

Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Bluffton. Chaplain William Herr and the Rev. Eric Rummel will officiate.

The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bluffton University.

Family links: 
  Harvey Z Houshower (1885 - 1979)
  Stella H Houshower (1886 - 1959)
  Margaret M Berky Houshower (1921 - 2015)*
*Calculated relationship
Maple Grove Cemetery
Allen County
Ohio, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 40.89379, -83.90466
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Record added: Jun 30, 2011
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Mark H Houshower
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