John A. ‘Jack’ Houk

March 3, 1925 – June 23, 2012

John A. “Jack” Houk of Portage died Saturday, June 23, 2012, at AngelsGrace Hospice at the age of 87. John was born in Dousman on March 3, 1925, the son of Albert and Hazel Houk (nee Waters).

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Portage. He worked as a metal fabricator at Butler Bin, Portec and Ibachall Steel. He enjoyed fast pitch softball, fishing, golfing, playing cards, bowling and going to the casino. John’s greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

John will be dearly missed by his wife, Rachel Ciampa Houk (nee Wilson); children, Steve (Patty) Houk, Tim (Judy) Houk, Mary Lou (Mike) Hoffman, Tina (Chris) Kadrich, Joe (Sheri) Houk, Dan Ciampa, Doug (Holly) Ciampa and Darren Ciampa; grandchildren, Megan and Kevin Houk, Katie (Roberto) Gonzalez, Michael Houk, Shelley (Caleb) Coppinger, Carrie Houk, Justin (Megan), Tricia, Jerod (Samantha) and Heather Hoffman, Mat (Katie) and Christi Kadrich, Gabrielle and Carson Houk, Tom, Becca, Alissa, Dakota and Brittany Ciampa; great-grandchildren, Baby Gonzalez, Caleb, Madalynn, Mya, Camrin, Jayden, Connor, Sophie, Hunter and Angel; sister, Arlene (Bob) Shaske; sisters-in-law, Joan Houk; brother-in-law, Bill (Jean) Majeskie; and sisters-in-law, Gerry (Harley) Miner Sr., Michael Majeskie, F.S.C.C., Muffy (Henry) Traver, Evie, Betty, Shirley, Betty Majeskie and Lois Neuman. John is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pat (nee Majeskie); great-grandson, Carter Coppinger; daughter in-law, Stephanie Ciampa; parents; stepmother, Vida; brothers, Milton (Bea) and Lavern Houk; father- and mother-in-law, Lawrence (Mary) Majeskie (nee Nettesheim); sisters-in-law, Dolly (John) Kissinger, Aggie (Bob) Hoffman, Petie (Dick) Seeger and Joanne Majeskie; and brothers-in-law, George, Bob, Romie, Skip Majeskie, Maurice (Bernice) and Robert (Joyce) Wilson and Alan Neuman.

Visitation for John will be held from 4 p.m. until the 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, June 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. William Key will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in John’s name are appreciated to AngelsGrace Hospice, W359-N7430 Brown St. (Highway P), Oconomowoc, WI 53066, or to St. Joseph Catholic Church (see address above).

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.