Arthur D. “Dave” Houston
January 22, 1947 – February 19, 2023
VISITATION: Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 5pm, with 7pm VIGIL SERVICE, at West Center Chapel.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, 10:30am, St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, with Military Honors. Memorials directed by the family.
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Born in Denison, IA, to David Arthur and Ruth (Hassett) Houston on January 22nd, 1947. He was the second born of 6 siblings. He grew up in Dunlap, IA, where he attended and graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School.
While in Dunlap, he met the love of his life, Diane, and got engaged in July 1968. Then, in November 1968, Dave joined the Iowa Air National Guard. During his time in the military, he was called to Active Duty due to the USS Pueblo being attacked and captured by North Korea in January 1968. He served his active duty time at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. Despite the distance, he always made Diane a priority.
In 1969, he moved to Omaha, where he married Diane at St. Cecilia’s Chapel. After serving in the military, he began his career at Radiosmith. He enjoyed working as a TV repair man who loved the day-to-day challenges that came along with his work, the conversations he had, and the countless friends he met along the way. Following that, he delivered packages and eventually retired in credit card processing at First Data.
Dave closely followed and traveled to Creighton basketball, Nebraska women’s volleyball, and Nebraska football games. With a thirst for knowledge, he enjoyed watching Jeopardy and other game shows on the Game Show Network. In his spare time, Dave enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles taking in the scenery with his wife and daughters while creating unforgettable memories. He also enjoyed golfing and fishing with friends and family.
Dave was married to his loving wife for 53 years. They had three daughters: Lauri, Kari, and Mindi. Dave was consistently there for his family anytime, day or night. He constantly demonstrated the importance of family and instilled the values we have today.
He was blessed to have 4 grandchildren whom he loved spending time with. Affectionately known as Grandpa to his two older grandchildren, Dave would share his love of fudge bars, sleepovers, and spending extra time together in the summers. While 23 years had passed since first becoming a grandparent, he equally embraced being called Papa by the two younger grandkids. He enjoyed spending as much time as possible, comforting them when upset, and entertaining their endless requests.
He became more affectionate in his retirement years, where he would often keep track of how long it had been since he had seen the grand youngins. Family time together, whether a holiday, birthday celebration, vacation, a trip to the zoo, the pumpkin patch, or bowling, he enjoyed anytime he could have with family.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, David and Ruth Houston; parents-in-law Herman Block and Marie Block-Smith; brothers-in-law: Tom Block, Larry Trofholz, Rod Block, Larry Eggers, Dean Block, and Larry Knott; sisters-in-law: Peggy Block, Jane Eggers, Marsha Grindle, and Lorraine Houston.
Dave is survived by his wife, Diane; children: Lauri Hering (Gary), Kari Evans (Paul), and Mindi Alley (Colby); grandchildren: Kaylen Hering, Justin Hering, Aidan Alley, and Owen Alley; brothers, Kenny Houston and Dennis Houston (Sheryl); sisters: Sheila Knott, Dianne Eliason (John), and Trish Trofholz; sisters-in-law: Charlene Yaple (Ralph), Sherry Baldwin (Larry), Barb Block; brother-in-law David Grindle.
Though he is no longer with us, his memory will live on through the many lives he touched during his time on this earth. He will be deeply missed.