Floyd Elden Houts,
age 91, of Celina, transitioned to eternity with the Lord Jesus Christ,
on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Briarwood Village in Coldwater, Ohio.
He was born on February 13, 1931, the seventh child to the late Fay &
Esta (Now) Houts.
Growing up on a Center Township century farm, Elden loved all aspects of
farm life working with his father and brothers experiencing the
transition from horse power to tractors. The farm’s first tractor
arrived when he was six—a John Deere 1937 Model A with a two-bottom
plow. He excelled in school graduating in 1949 from Center Township High
School in Neptune where he fell in love with his school sweetheart,
Marjorie Lou Stephenson. They married in July of 1952 and three months
later after brief duty at the Pentagon, Elden found himself deployed in
the Army, specializing in cryptography in the Signal Corp, and assigned
to Paris France for nearly two years.
Once home Elden settled into working for the Celina post office as a
letter carrier while Marjorie worked at the Commercial Bank Company.
Marjorie landed him a new job as a bank teller launching a career that
subsequently led to him serving as President and Chairman of Citizens
Commercial Bank/First Financial Bank—without a college degree but with
much work and life experience and completion of the ABA Graduate School
of Banking program.
He was honored to serve in many financial and community positions
including: the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, Mercer County Medical
Foundation Board President, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Board
Member, Ohio Bankers Association Group II President, Ohio Division of
Banks Board, Celina Lions Club, Grand Lake Toastmasters, North Grove
Cemetery Association and the Van Wert Area Youth for Christ Board.
All this while farming progressive acreage in Hopewell, Liberty and
Center Townships weekends and evenings with the help of his sons--
raising grain and keeping livestock including in the earliest years milk
cows, steers, horses, chickens, and an occasional pig. Farming surpassed
and outlasted his interest in banking when he fully retired at age 70.
Marjorie transitioned to eternity in 2017 just shy of the couple’s
sixty-fifth wedding anniversary. They are survived by three sons: Keith
(Beth) Houts, Christopher (Vickie) Houts, and Mark Houts; ten
grandchildren: Michael (Courtney)Houts, Bethany (Chad) Eckard, Emily
(Rob) Meyers, Laura (Rick) Leeman, Brian (Melanie) Houts, Ethan
(Rebecca) Houts, Erinn (Weston) Young, Olivia Houts, Seth (Tessa) Houts
and Margaret Houts; twenty-three great-grandchildren: Cana, Elin, Abram,
Gwenyth & Jeb Eckard; Evelyn, Roman, Josephine & Phoebe Meyers; Shepherd
& Rachel Leeman; Elizabeth & Owen Poulton & Timothy Houts; Isaac,
Elijah, Luke & Benjamin Houts; William Young; Jack & Henry Keener;
Calvin & Garrett Houts plus many nieces & nephews as well as
brother-in-law, Chester Stephenson and sister-in-law, Wilma Houts
Elden and Marjorie experienced the death of son, Timothy to childhood
cancer in 1964 and the loss of infant granddaughter, Jillianne Elaine
Houts in 1987.
Elden was preceded in death by brothers, John Houts, Dale Houts, Calvin
Houts; sisters, Lucille Hamilton, Ruth Raudabaugh, and Velone Kable;
brothers-in-law, Lyle Hamilton, Don Kable, and Don Raudabaugh;
sisters-in-law, Helen Houts, Marjorie Brown Stephenson, and Ruth Houts-Turner.
Elden was a member of Fairview, Celina First, and Mt Tabor Churches of
God and enjoyed nothing more than worship services on Sundays. In their
early years Elden and Marjorie played piano and organ together for
church and some weddings. He served in numerous church leadership
capacities throughout his lifetime. His favorite Bible passages are
Romans 8:37-39 and the twenty-third Psalm.
Elden’s inspiring life was characterized by diligence, loyalty,
integrity, commitment, humble wisdom, stewardship, and perseverance. His
trusting faith in Jesus Christ points to an eternal future where “the
best is yet to come”!
His celebration of life visitation hours will be from 2 to 6pm on Friday
June 17 at Cisco Funeral Home in Celina. Celebration of life funeral
service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday June 18 at Mt. Tabor Church
of God with Rev. Richard VanHorn and Rev. Darwin Dunten officiating. The
family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the
Interment will follow at North Grove Cemetery in Celina.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society and /
or American Macular Degeneration Foundation.
Cisco Funeral Homes of Celina & St. Marys are honored to care for Elden
and his family. To pay respects and to leave online condolences or
memories, visit www.ciscofuneralhome.com or
Cisco Funeral Home Facebook page.