Dennis Robert (Denny) Houx went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 in Denison, Texas. He was born in Warrensburg, Mo., on Jan. 28, 1946 to William Perry and Pearl Erline (Lehnert) Houx.
He married the love of his life, Janice Sue Sutton, on Sept. 15, 1967 in Warrensburg.
Denny proudly served in the United States Army, 101stAirborne Division, from 1967-1969 and during that time served in Vietnam. He also served in the Missouri National Guard at Whiteman Air Force Base until 1984. He and his family moved to Durant, Okla., in 1984. He worked for more than 25 years as a territory manager and sold aftermarket tractor parts.
Denny was active in his church, Abundant Life Temple, and served as a deacon and an elder. He also had a clowning ministry. He was a member of the B.P.O.E. in Warrensburg and rose to the level of Exalted Ruler and was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Warrensburg.
He enjoyed spending time with people. He loved vacationing with his family and he and Janice loved outdoor activities.
Denny lived his life as a servant. He was always willing to give of his time to help someone, no matter what the need.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Denny is survived by his wife, Janice, of the home; sister, Donna Eppright and husband Bill of Centerview, Mo.; daughters, Jodi McWilliams and husband Joey of Durant, and Stephanie Blankenship and husband Shawn of Bells, Texas; grandchildren, Jacelyn McWilliams, Jenna McWilliams, Jayla McWilliams, Jolie McWilliams and Jake McWilliams, of Durant and Kylie Blankenship and Addison Blankenship of Bells; great-granddaughter, Jayleigh McWilliams-Woods; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and more.
Honorary pall bearers are Jake McWilliams, Bill Eppright, Steve Dill, Bubby Hart, Gordon Bruce, Stan Perkins, Roger McCoy, Chuck Barrineau, Kenneth McCalib, Mark Blankenship, Martin Boyd, Randy Sullivan, Brian Carter and Jim Thorpe.
A memorial service will be held at Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home in Durant on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at 10 a.m., with Joey McWilliams officiating. There will be no family hour. The burial will be Monday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Military Cemetery.