Funeral services for David L. Houlton, age 86, of Abilene, will be 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home in Abilene with Pastor Jason Kohler officiating. Mr. Houlton passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at the Memorial Hospital in Abilene.
David was born Jan. 12, 1926, in Abilene the son of Andrew and Laura (Gish) Houlton. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1944 and served his country in the United States Navy during WWII.
On June 9, 1946, he married Catherine Sanders of Abilene. She survives of the home. David is also survived by his sons Steve of Bonner Springs, Kansas, Mike and his wife Marsha of Abilene: sisters Helen Peintka and Jody Lantz both of Salina; three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters Arlene Hottman, Dorthy Carlton.
David dearly loved his wife, Catherine of 66 Ĺ years. They were always together in every aspect of their lives. David and Catherine didnít miss a Sunday together at church, as long as he was able to attend.
David enjoyed going to coffee with his friends and he was a big fan of the Kansas Jayhawks. He looked forward to and didnít miss watching the Hawks play basketball. But his biggest passion was his boys, Steve and Mike. David loved to talk with them, share stories and spend time together. He was very proud of Steveís service at the Kansas Turnpike and looked forward to him coming home to drive him around wherever they decided they were going to go together. David enjoyed going to his son, Mike and daughter-in-law, Marshaís home for Marshaís fried chicken. He was very proud of Mikeís landscaping and Nursery business of 30 plus years. He felt honored to say that his grandchildren Ted, Troy and Christina are following in their dadís footsteps in the family business. One of his favorite outings was taking his grandchildren and great grandchildren out for hamburgers.
David was the owner of Houltonís Market for many years and served on the school board for Abilene USD 435 from 1972-1976. David also worked at the Dickinson County courthouse and served as Head of Security at Russell Stoverís in Abilene.
Burial with military honors provided by the United States Honor Guard will be in the Abilene Cemetery. Friends may sign the register book after 9 a.m. Saturday and the family will receive friends from 7 p.m. Ė 8 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinsonís Foundation or to the First Christian Church and may be sent in care of the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd, Abilene, Kansas 67410.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.martinbeckercarlson.com.
(This obituary was written and paid for by the family of David L. Houlton.)