DIXON – Carole Lynn Houck, 78, of Dixon, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.
She worked as a secretary for the superintendent of Mendota schools for many years, and held a job at the DeKalb/Ogle Telephone Co. before she started a family. After her children were grown, she worked as a receptionist at the Dixon Telegraph.
Carole was born Jan. 12, 1936, in Mendota, the fourth of eight children born to Harry and Marion (Amsler) Johnson. She graduated from Mendota High School in 1954. She married Donald Houck, her husband of 55 years, on March 13, 1959, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. Carole was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dixon, and was very active in the bell choir and Rachel’s Circle Bible study. She enjoyed reading, exercising, quilting, knitting, camping, baking, and cooking. She was one of the first people to volunteer with the Sauk Valley Hospice group. The thing that Carole loved and valued the most was her family, and all who knew her loved hearing her laugh and seeing her smile.
Survivors include her husband, Don Houck of Dixon; one son, Tom Houck of Dixon; one daughter, Tracy Houck of Oak Park; four brothers, George (Donna) Johnson of Mendota, Harry (Mary) Johnson of New York, Ronnie (Sandy) Johnson of Colorado, and Gary (Sheila) Johnson of La Grange Highlands; two sisters, Beverly Henry of Florida and Linda Truckenbrod of Mendota; and two granddaughters, Hailey and Hillary Houck, both of Dixon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Trina Houck; and one sister, Dorothy Stemmons.
A memorial service will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.
A memorial has been established to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dixon.
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