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David Emmanuel Houston

July 16, 2018
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

David Emmanuel Houston, age 80, passed away peacefully in Lamoni, IA., on July 13, 2018, attended by family members.

He was born July 20, 1937 in Tama County to Carl E. Houston and Marjorie B. Hand Houston. He attended Tama High School, graduating in 1955, and went on to graduate from Graceland College. He lived in Tama county where he was a farmer until the summer of 1970. Then he moved to Lamoni, where he opened the first Iowa Realty franchise in south central Iowa and became an award-winning real estate broker.

On September 19, 1981 he married Barbara Siefkas Horner of Murray, Iowa. David and Barbara worked together in real estate and farming, concentrating on raising cattle. Eventually David went to work as office manager at the Lamoni Co-op and continued in this position until retirement. After retiring from the co-op, he and Barbara split their time between their home in Lamoni and their home in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. David loved puzzles of all kinds, but in his later years he spent time each day doing crosswords and Sudoku. Above all other forms of recreation, however, David loved to golf. Most days, if the weather allowed, David could be found at the golf course with Barb or with his golfing buddies. David was a punctual, hard worker who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life like his wife Barb's homemade pies; country music and a good pair of cowboy boots. Evenings were ended best for him with a bowl of ice cream or pop corn. His easy going personality and ready chuckle made him well-liked by friends, and a favorite grandparent of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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David Emmanuel Houston

David was a member of the Mt. Ayr Restoration Branch. In the winter Barb and he attended Village Christian Church and David was a member of the men's weekly Bible study there. His faith was an important part of his life and his kindness was present up to the very end. Even in his final days, he was not without his trademark dry sense of humor.

David was survived by his wife, Barbara Houston of Lamoni, brother Alma Houston of Sibley, Missouri; sister Norma Price of Preston, Missouri; Janet Rae Srader the mother of his children, and by his daughters Kathy (Jerald) Davis of Clive and Kimberly (Mark) Cooper of Runnells, and son Jeffrey Houston (Phaye) of Las Vegas; stepdaughter LaVonne (Paul) Hammans of Winterset, stepson Daniel Horner of Harrison, AR, three grandchildren, and one great grandson. He had ten step-grandchildren, and nine step-great-grandchildren.

David is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Lois Williams and his stepdaughter Pamela.

Services will be held at Kale Funeral Home - Osceola, Saturday July 21, 2018 at 11:00 am with Roy Shields officiating.

The family will greet friends from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Friday, July 20, 2018 at Kale Funeral Home.

Interment will be in the Murray Cemetery.

Memorial contributions will be used to purchase a commemorative bench for the Lamoni Golf Course.

 
 

 

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