Robert (Bob) Houston went to be with the Lord on November 13, 2023 at the age of 87. Bob was raised in Norman, Oklahoma where he met the love of his life, Carol “Sue” (Moring). She was working in the ticket booth at the local movie theatre and he was running the projector. He was smitten right away.
They were married on December 21, 1957 and enjoyed nearly 66 years of a beautiful marriage. Shortly after their wedding, having earned his degree in chemistry at the University of Oklahoma, they moved to Cincinnati, where he worked as an analytical chemist at Procter and Gamble for his entire career. Bob and Sue became the perfect parents of two children, Michael Houston (who preceded Bob in death) and Janet Houston (Doug Oberklaus). Bob is also survived by his granddaughter Lauren Woods (Garrett), his sister Ellen Mitchell, and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was an avid reader and sportsman. Woodworking was a hobby that he enjoyed immensely, and he was an extremely talented carver. He had broad, deep knowledge of a wide variety of subjects. He knew every tree, the type of wood, its properties and best uses. Plants, birds, construction, fishing, hunting, guns, boating, football, and on and on. He was a formidable adversary in Trivial Pursuit or any knowledge-based game.
Everyone could tell that Bob had a special warmth, no airs or pretense, just a genuine person. For some, it took a while to get his sense of humor, but, when they did, they were surely rewarded. He always called himself an introvert, but he really enjoyed people. If anyone needed help, Bob was always happy to lend a hand.
To know Bob was to love him. He loved his family with all of his heart. He loved his friends, his church and the people in it, but above all, he loved the Lord. Although he will be sorely missed, and his loss is painful, we know that he is truly happy to be soaring with the angels.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at Christ Covenant Church. Memorials may be sent to Christ Covenant Church, 2192 Springdale Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231.
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