Edgar Houghtaling

Edgar Houghtaling

Edgar Houghtaling

Judy Houghtaling Baker’s father passed away yesterday, Wednesday, January 15, at about 5:30 AM.  From the Des Moines Register:

EDGAR GRANT HOUGHTALING

Des Moines

Edgar Grant Houghtaling, “Mr. Ed” went home to be with his Lord on January 14, at Boone County Hospital. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., on Friday, January 16, and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 17, at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, West Des Moines.

Ed is survived by his wife, Ruth Anne; children, Dennis, Richard Verbiski, Judi (Bill) Baker, Peggy (John) Denham, and Shirley; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Madrid Home ACTS Fund, Hospice of Central Iowa, or Cornerstone Community Church.

From the Hamilton’s Funeral Home website:

Edgar Grant Houghtaling “Mr. Ed” went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at Boone County Hospital. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2009 and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA. A private family burial will be held at Lincoln Cemetery near Granger.

Edgar was born November 12, 1922 near Indianola, Iowa, to Gerald and Florence (Fisher) Houghtaling. Ed graduated from Indianola High School in 1940. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and worked as an airplane mechanic in Laredo, Texas, and the Quadulan Islands. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and lived in Texas and Arizona after his discharge. Ed moved back to Iowa and began to work at Lally’s Inc. as an auto mechanic in 1952 and worked there for many years. In 1962 he joined the Des Moines School District and worked for 22 years as custodian of Moulton Elementary School, where he was fondly known as “Mr. Ed”. After retiring in 1986, he worked part-time at Consolidated Supply Company for 8 years. He attended Cornerstone Community Church and enjoyed traveling, watching Indy and NASCAR car races, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Ed was previously married to Arlene Wells of Indianola, and Virginia (Sandstrom) Lundeen. In 1956, Edgar married Ruth Anne Snedden after a whirlwind courtship. Ed is survived by his wife Ruth Anne; children, Dennis, Richard Verbiski, Judi (Bill) Baker, Peggy (John) Denham, and Shirley; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Virginia.

Memorial contributions may be made the Madrid Home ACTS Fund, Hospice of Central Iowa, or Cornerstone Community Church.

Judy knew what was coming and sent this email out Monday:

Dearest Family & Friends,

Just a quick note to let you know some sad news about my dad and also to apologize f/my lack of communication during the holidays. I was bombarded w/the dreaded flu-of EVERY variety and dealing w/dad and pnuemonia. I do hope the new year is bringing you all good health and prosperity. I’ll send out New Years cards when time allows.

This past Wednesday my dad was admitted to the Boone Cnty Hospital with his 3rd bout of Pnue in about a month . Over the past several months his health has really deteriorated due to multiple TIA’s (mini strokes). Long story short, he no longer has a gag reflex and everything he swallows goes down into his lungs. Right now he is in Hospice care @BCH. Probably a few days left. He does have a few moments of recognition, but f/the most part is comatose w/his eyes open. He has not taken anything in since about Sat and that was not much. Everything is shutting down. Only comfort meds are being given and funeral plans are being made.

If you didn’t have the privilege of knowing my dad he was such a hoot. Always there for us w/a smile and understood my need for fun and adventure and silliness.

I would just like to ask you all for continued thoughts and prayers. Our family puts all of our faith and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ and know he has the power to get us through this sad and trying time and i would like to ask to all to lift my dad and our family up and prayer.

Thanks for being the good friends that you are! God Bless. Judi & Fam

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One Response to “Edgar Houghtaling”

  1. Deb Swanson Dresback Says:

    Steve,
    Thank you for posting the information on Edgar Houghtaling.So,many grad’s were able to see this,and respond to Judi very fast.This blog,is awesome for us all.
    Jane and I attended the visitation for Edgar on Friday evening,to represent the class of 1973.Judi was most grateful for those who shared a memory,or word of sympathy to her,and her family.For Judi,our heart’s,and prayers,are with you and your family,at this horrible time.

    With Love,
    Your Family
    Lincoln High School Class Of 1973

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