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The world got darker at 7:00 am on Wednesday morning when my father, Allen Houk, passed away. He was an incredible father and an incredible man. He is the reason for all of the good qualities in my nature. He was a continual source of strength and comfort and guidance. I would not be who I am without all that he gave me. I am heartbroken. I know that he is at peace and his trails and tribulations are over. I know he has gone to a better existence.

In his passing he has left a tremendous hole in this world. As I write this, I can not help but remember all of the ways I failed to be as good a person, as strong a man and as worthy a son as he deserved. I miss him dearly.

Below is the obituary that will run in the Houston Chronicle. It in no way does him justice or begins to scratch the surface of who he was or what he meant to people. His memorial service will be at First Methodist Church, downtown at Main and Clay on Saturday August 24th at 10:00 a.m. with a reception following in the fellowship hall.

Allen Ramsey Houk


Allen Ramsey Houk, born July 29, 1935, peacefully entered into eternal rest on July 24, 2019, surrounded by family and friends in Houston. Allen was born to Clyde and Dalton Houk in Denison, Texas and grew up with his younger brother Jay. Allen married Gale Sinnott in 1965, and they lived in New Orleans before moving to Houston in 1974, where they raised three wonderful sons.

Allen was a biblical scholar and was actively involved in the church communities where he lived. He taught adult Sunday school for decades at Grace Presbyterian and First Methodist. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother. He is survived by his loving wife, Gale, his children, Michael (Aimee Genell), Keith (Kelly), and Brett. Allen’s life will be celebrated at a memorial service at 10 a.m. on August 24 at First Methodist Church in Houston. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the ASPCA.

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