Gerald E. “Eddie” Houser, Sr., 81, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 26, 2023.
He was born November 25, 1941 in New Kensington to the late Rev. George Houser Sr., and Katie Mae Stoudemire Houser, and was a longtime resident of the city.
Mr. Houser was a US Army veteran serving four years between the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.
He worked on the railroad at Allegheny Ludlum, Brackenridge and was later a grinder there, for 30 years, until his retirement.
He was a member of the IBPOE of New Kensington, the Arnold #2 Fire Hall and the American Legion. He loved cars and especially enjoyed keeping his own cars perfectly clean. He was always happy and had a laugh known by the family as the “Houser Infectious Laugh.”
Survivors include his wife, Linda R. Thrower; nine children, Kevin (Stephanie) Houser, Zachary Houser, Khemblin Houser, Edrick Houser Sr., Jeffery (deceased wife Tracy) Houser, Gloria (Howard) Houser-Lee, Gerald E. Houser Jr., Jody (Jenny) White, and Whitney Houser; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and several great-great grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Kenneth Houser, in infancy. His 13 siblings, George Jr., Clarence, John, Robert, James, Howard, Thomas, William, Grady, Ruby Lee, Mary, Alma and Birdalee, also preceded him in death.
Viewing will be on Saturday, April 1, from 10 AM until a Celebration of Life Service at 12 Noon in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. Burial with military rights accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.
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