Jack L. Houshouser

Jack L. Holshouser, 74, of O'Fallon, IL, born Tuesday, March 10, 1936, in Elkville, IL, died Thursday, July 1, 2010 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL.

Mr. Holshouser was a retired clerk for Illinois Central Railroad for 43 years. He was a Deacon and very active member of Grace Church in Fairview Heights, IL. He was a former board member of Southside Improvement Association. Jack and his brother Bob received the 1st two Big Brother Awards issued by Southside Improvement Association for their faithful service. He was the Secretary of Brotherhood of Railroad Clerks Credit Union for 20 years and an avid deer hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Parents: Floyd and Emma W. nee Theis Holshouser
  • Brother: Robert Holshouser
  • Sister: Betty Graves

Surviving are his:

  • Wife: Carole S. nee Merritt Holshouser
  • Children
    • Jack (Kimberly) Holshouser of O'Fallon, IL
    • Sondra (Lee) Suter of Troy, IL
  • 7 Grandchildren
    • Jason (Kristi) Sutter
    • Kylie (Mark) McQuilling
    • Niki (Steve) Owens
    • MP Tony DiTucci, U.S. Army
    • Angela (Zachary) Simmons
    • Christopher Holshouser
    • Corporal Brian (Jennifer) Holshouser, USMC
  • 8 Great-Grandchildren
    • Madison & Kara McQuilling
    • Gabby & Emily Sutter
    • Destiny Shea
    • Nolan & Layla Owens
    • Eli Simmons
  • Sisters-in-law
    • Gloria (George) Poston of Smithton, IL
    • Shirley Merritt of Belleville, IL
    • Sue Merritt of Fairmont City, IL
    • Mary Lou Holshouser of Millstadt, IL.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Association. 

Visitation: Friends may call from 3-8 P.M., Monday, July 5, 2010 at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, IL

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Rev. Hal Santos officiating. There will be a private family interment. 

Condolences left for Jack L. Houshouser:

    Papa Jack,
    Even though we haven't been in touch the past couple years, I still thought about you all the time. When I heard of your passing on Thursday, it was a surprise. But, I rest in comfort and joy because I know you are in your heavenly home now. You were a joy to be with and an example for all men on how to conduct themselves. I'll never forget you. God Bless You and Carol. Love, Troy Meidinger

    Troy Meidinger belleville illinois 62221

    My heart grieved when we went to church yesterday and did not see the usual smile and opened door awaiting us in a distance. My heart took comfort in the scripture, "Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalm 84:9-11. Thank you, Jack, for being such a faithful servant in the house of the Lord. Your presence is already missed.

    Moir and Tammie Donelson Glen Carbon IL 62034