Vance A. Houston

03/12/1938 - 05/20/2024


Obituary For Vance A. Houston

Vance A. Houston, 86, passed away May 20, 2024, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Mary's.
Vance was born March 12, 1938 in Parsons, TN, to Olen Ray and Lura Mae (Rhodes) Houston who preceded him in death. On November 7, 1959 he married Gloria J. (Mort) Houston who preceded him in death on December 14, 2009.
Vance served in and retired from the U.S. Navy with the title of Senior Chief; retiring in the year 1974. He then went on to work and retire from the Ford Motor Company- Lima Engine Plant, dedicating more than 20 years. Not being one to sit around, he then worked part time at AirStream in Jackson Center as a security guard until he was 83 years old.
He is survived by three sons, Gerald "Jerry" (Renita) Houston of La Rue, OH, Kevin D. Houston of Vaughnsville, OH, and Micah R Houston of Lima; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters of Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by two children, Vivesa E. Slygh and Vance A. Houston, Jr.; and a granddaughter, Samantha Houston.
A special thank you and much love from the family to Vance's granddaughter, Brooklynne Slygh, for being his caretaker for the past few years.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 11:00 a.m., at Memorial Park Cemetery where military honors will also take place.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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11:00 AM

Memorial Park Cemetery 3000 Harding HWY Lima, Ohio 45805 Get Directions »
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  • 06/04/2024

    I met Vance when he worked as Security for Airstream. I had many conversations with Vance and really enjoyed talking with him. He always stopped by my office to check on me when I worked late. He was such a caring gentleman. We have missed seeing him since he retired. With deepest sympathy, Cindy Oakley

  • 06/04/2024

    Sorry for your loss, I worked with Vance here at Airstream. He was very dedicated and dependable. He left a void here when he retired. Bob Grant

  • 06/04/2024

    From Airstream. We truly miss having Vance around here and we were sorry to lose him when he retired. He was a good man. He was sincere and caring and did his job here very well, but we'll remember his laugh most of all. Our sympathies and condolences on your loss.

  • 05/29/2024

    Vance loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren more than anything. He would give the shirt off of his back. He loved to work in his yard and made it beautiful. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Vance. Thoughts and prayers for his family.

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