The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 18, 2014

Edward "Ted" Houser

COLUMBUS, Kan. — Edward "Ted" Houser, age 82, passed away at 9:34 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Maude Norton Mercy Hospital, Columbus, Kan.

He lived in Cherokee County all of his life. Ted was the son of Glenn McKinley and Rosa (Puttkamer)Houser and one of 12 siblings. Those surviving are: Glen Houser, Peggy LaCoste, Marjorie Henderson and Juanita Davis, all of Columbus, and Treva Evans, Scammon, Kan.

Ted married the late Sara "Alice" Hale on Oct. 24, 1951. She preceded him in death in 1999. He then married Betty Kloeppel in May 18, 2001. She survives.

Surviving children are Ed Houser (wife, Sharon), Columbus, Jon Houser (wife, Betsy), Columbus, Ralph Houser (wife, Mamie), Baxter Springs, Kan., and daughter, Sara Daniel, Columbus. Grandchildren are Meekin Norman, Kari Wade, Brett Houser, Sara "Sadie" Daniel, Ronnie Daniel, and Alisha Houser. Great-grandchildren are Jonathan Norman, Hannah Norman, and Garett Paxson. He is also survived by stepchildren, Terry Kloeppel, Columbia, Mo., Jim Kloeppel, Holt Summit, Mo., and Lisa Samson (husband, Brian), Anthem, Ariz.; one step-granddaughter, Brianna Samson, Minneapolis, Minn. One step grandson, Samuel Kloeppel, also preceded him in death.

In his early years, Ted worked at Jayhawk Spencer Chemical Company while continuing to farm and operate his own dairy cattle business until 1969. Later, he started a business known as Ted Houser Sales, located on Highway 69 south of Columbus, where he sold various farm equipment and farm parts for many years.

After retirement his joy was restoring old equipment, working on his old iron Farm Museum, raising various animals, gardening and camping.

In the last year, Ted remodeled their kitchen and transformed a school bus into an RV. Ted served on the water district No. 3 board, he was past member of the Gideons and was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Columbus, serving as Sunday school teacher for many years.

Ted loved God, family, work and life. He was loved by all his family and many friends and we will dearly miss him and are very grateful for his life.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Columbus. Pastor Larry Perry will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Derfelt Funeral Home, Columbus.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons in care of the funeral home.

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