Born: September 27, 1935 - Deceased: September 17, 2021
Rev. James M. Houpt of Fairview Heights, IL, born September 27, 1935 in Lonsdale, AR, passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021, in his residence in Buford, GA.
Jim was a family man first and foremost. The life and love he shared with all of his family was priceless. Jim also had a love for his church family at Winstanley Baptist Church in Fairview Heights, IL, where he was an associate pastor for 31 years. Each week at church Jim would have a fun-filled monologue near the end of the worship service that would rival late night talk show hosts. His friendliness, kindness and humor were some of his most notable traits. Jim was also an Army veteran who served his country in the 1960’s.
He was preceded in death by his:
- Wife of 56 years Jeanette W. Houpt (nee Acree)
- Son James R. Houpt Sr.
- Daughter Jennifer M. Fietsam
- Parents, James E. and Bebie nee Daniel, Houpt
- E.M. “Buddy” Houpt
- D. Earl Houpt
- Katherine “Sug” Thomas
- Emma Dee Addy
Surviving are his:
- Son Jonathan (Jessica) Houpt of Buford, GA
- Dr. James (Diana) R. Houpt Jr.
- Alexander J. Highley
- Makenzie M. Fietsam
- Cameron S. Fietsam
- Logan S. Houpt
- Hunter D. Houpt
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Winstanley Baptist Church in Fairview Heights, IL 62208.
Visitation: Visitation from 4:00 – 8:00 pm, Friday, September 24, 2021 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Rev. Vance Vyers officiating. Interment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.
Live streaming can be viewed at www.facebook.com/KurrusFH