William M. “Bill” Houston, 96, a resident of Bettendorf, Iowa died on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at the Clarissa Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.
Private graveside service with military honors will be conducted at the Rock Island National Cemetery. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church of Bettendorf or the Clarissa Cook Hospice House.
He was born in Chillicothe, Missouri on November 7, 1923, the son of Glenn H. and Cora (Wilson) Houston. On September 6, 1947, he was united in marriage to Betty M. Behm in Davenport, Iowa.
Bill retired as a sales representative for the Foundry Division of the Ferro Corporation of Buffalo, New York.
He was a United States Marine Corps veteran, serving in the south Pacific during World War II. Following his honorable discharge, he served in the Marine Corps Reserve was recalled to duty during the Korean Conflict.
His memberships included Asbury United Methodist Church of Bettendorf where he and Betty were founding members, the QC Plus-60 Club, the Marine Corps League and Gyro International where he was a member and past-governor.
Bill was a devoted fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Iowa Hawkeyes, enjoyed playing bridge and was an avid golfer, especially proud of his hole-in-one.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 73 years, Betty; his daughter, Barbara (Charles) Lee of Davenport, Iowa; his son, Thomas (Cheryl) Houston of Aurora, Illinois; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and his sister, Virginia Neely in Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Janet Loveless on November 29, 2017; his sisters, Florence Barkhurst and Eleanor Ford; and his brothers, Robert Houston and Richard Houston.