Creston, Union County, Iowa
Monday, September 28, 2009
OBITUARY - CLYDE HOUGE
Clyde HOUGE, 86, of Mount Ayr, formerly of Tempe, Ariz., and Diagonal, died Sept. 26, 2009, at his daughter's home in
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the United Church of Diagonal. The Rev. Bruce GIESE and the Rev. Eydie
STEPHENS will officiate. Burial will be in Marshalltown Cemetery west of Mount Ayr with military rites by Morris-Herrold
Post 395. Visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with family present 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 220
Broadway St., Diagonal, Iowa.
OBITUARY - CLYDE EUGENE HOUGE
Clyde Eugene HOUGE, 86, passed away peacefully on the morning of September 26, 2009 at the home of his daughter in Mount
Ayr, Iowa after a lengthy illness of congestive heart failure.
He was born in Ringgold County, Iowa on December 4, 1922. His twin brother, Carl Edward, did not survive the birth and he
always wondered what his life would have been like, if Carl Edward would have walked through life with him.
Clyde was married to Phyllis Irene PACHA on January 2, 1943 in Maryville, Missouri, with Dick and Marge YASHACK as
witnesses. Clyde always laughed that he had forgotten his billfold and Dick had to pay the minister.
Clyde worked in the gas station business in Diagonal, Iowa with his brother-in-law, Raymond PAYNE, and others. He quickly
learned to be a good listener and to have very strong work ethics. He always tried to do 110% in all of his employments
and passed this on to his children. He felt honesty and loyalty were treasures of the soul.
Clyde served in the United States Army and served in World War II as a tank driver. He was one of the first 120 men on
Omaha Beach on D-Day. He had vivid memories of D-Day and was honored in the documentary, Lest Thee Be Forgotten.
His proudest moments were serving his country. He was injured 30 days into the war and was sent to England to recuperate
and finally was able to come home to Phyllis.
After leaving the military, Clyde was employed by the United State Postal Service as a rural carrier in Diagonal, Iowa
and later as a city carrier in Tempe, Arizona after moving to Mesa, Arizona in 1966.
He was a man of few words but long on thoughts.
He taught his children right from wrong and to always be truthful no matter what the consequences.
Clyde is survived by his children, Patricia Ann REIDHEAD & husband Marvin of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Gregory Eugene HOUGE & wife
Rhonda of Buckeye, Arizona, and Barbara Kay ARNETT & husband Darren of Chandler, Arizona; 8 grandchildren, 16 great
grandchildren; and one brother J. M. NEWTON of Marion, Iowa.
Clyde was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis; his parents Jeff & Maude (JONES) HOUGE; brothers Carl Edward HOUGE,
Troyal THARP, Thomas THARP, Truman THARP, and a sister Elizabeth PAYNE.
A special Thank You to Hospice of Central Iowa for the care they provided Clyde during the last few months. His family
will never forget their care and loving support.
Memorials can be made to Morris-Herrold Post #395, American Legion, in Diagonal, Iowa.
Transcriptions by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2009
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