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Rev. Jack H. Houdeshel

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On November 24, 2015 @ 3:05 pm In Obituaries | 6 Comments

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The Rev. John “Jack” H. Houdeshel, 92, of Willow Valley Retirement Community entered the Church Triumphant Saturday, November 21, 2015.  Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Chauncey and Naomi (Resh) Houdeshel. He was a graduate of Hyattsville (MD) High School, and Maryville (TN) College and went on to Princeton Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees. He was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church, USA on November 25, 1949.

While at Maryville, he met Mary Evelyn (Skip) Jamison and they were married July 12, 1947. They shared 53 years of marriage before her death on May 21, 2001.  With his preaching and teaching skills and her musical skills, they served churches on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana, the Havre De Grace Presbyterian Church (MD), yoked Presbyterian churches in Ridgeway and New Haven, IL, as associate for Christian Education at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, IL, as organizing pastor of the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Joppatowne, MD, and Stewartstown Presbyterian Church, Stewartstown, PA. In retirement, Jack served as interim pastor for numerous Presbyterian churches in southern Lancaster and York counties. In recent years he enjoyed being part of the fellowship at First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster.

He was active in the work of the Presbyteries to which he belonged over the years including being Stated Clerk of the Baltimore Presbytery and serving in several committee positions. He particularly was interested in those preparing for the ministry and mentored numerous young people. Additionally he felt it was important to volunteer in the community and served as chaplain for numerous organizations and as a reader for the York Society of the Blind.

He was gifted with musical ability and shared that from early church choir participation through the Maryville College Choir, Princeton Seminary Choir, choirs in the churches he served to recently singing with the Manor Choir at Willow Valley.  Additionally he delighted in playing hymns on the piano daily in the Manor lobby after breakfast.

He is survived by his 4 children, Ruth Rugh and her husband Dave of Quilcene, WA, Kathryn Barr and her husband Carl of Stewartstown, PA, Steven Houdeshel and his wife Judy of Downingtown, PA, Betty Armstrong and her husband Gunnar of Elkton, MD and 8 grandchildren, Matthew Barr and his wife Marcie, Katelyn Tobin and her husband Pat, Kelsey and Christopher Houdeshel and Caedmon, Dara, Brendan and Tryg Armstrong. His brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Elaine Houdeshel of McAlisterville, PA also survive him as well as niece and nephew, Doris Watts and her husband Ed, and Will Houdeshel and his wife Tracey and their families. In addition to his beloved wife, he was preceded in death by two of his grandchildren, David Barr and Cairn Rugh.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 140 E. Orange St. Lancaster, PA on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.  A time of visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will be in the Lost Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery in McAlisterville, PA at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to Stewartstown Presbyterian Church, P O Box 277, Stewartstown, PA 17363 designated for the Building Fund.

Condolences for the family of “Rev. Jack H. Houdeshel”

Condolence from Grove and Charity Armstrong on November 25th, 2015 5:01 pm

Charity and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to all of Jack’s family in the loss of their father and grandfather. We appreciated his friendship and will long remember his gracious hospitality to us and to our parents as well as his exuberant laughter and enthusiasm for living. We rejoice in the thought that his entrance into the Lord’s presence and his joyful reunion with his beautiful and beloved “Skip” and his two grandchildren will allay some of the grief that is yours today.
Grove and Charity Armstrong

Condolence from Bron Yocum on November 25th, 2015 8:09 pm

Steve and family, Gordy and I send our sympathies to you and your family. I had the privilege of knowing your dad when I first begsn as a candidate in the Presbyterian Church. You were blessed with many years together; may you now know the blessings of good friends supporting you and the promises of God to give you comfort and hope.

Condolence from David McDowell on November 25th, 2015 10:19 pm

What an obedient life he lived. You have so much to celebrate even in your grieving. He was a mentor to me in so many ways. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Condolence from Marion Kempf on December 2nd, 2015 2:06 pm

I want to extend my sincere sympathy to Jack’s family at this time.

Condolence from Carol(Hedges)Garman on December 4th, 2015 12:40 pm

My deepest sympathies in your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Condolence from Virginia Cuenca on December 15th, 2015 4:11 pm

Dear Kathy and Carl, Ruth and Dave, Matt and Marcie ~
We just heard about your loss, and want to express our sympathies and let you know you are in our thoughts.
All our love,
James and Virginia

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