FARMER CITY – Ivan Eugene Houser Jr. of Mahomet, formerly of Farmer City, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday (Aug. 26, 2014) at Bridle Brook in Mahomet.
"Gene" was born Nov. 14, 1922, in Champaign, to the late Florence Mae Burnett and Ivan Eugene Houser Sr. He was preceded in death by a sister, Florence Evangeline Gowdy.
He was an active member of the Farmer City United Methodist Church, a trustee, handbell choir member and faithful attendee of Sunday school and United Methodist Men.
Gene graduated Purdue University with an agriculture degree, and immediately enlisted in the Army, serving in Italy as a clerk typist during World War II. As a remembrance to all who served, he joined John Dawson and John Overton in 2000 in writing the book "Their Roles Remembered," a compilation of stories of Farmer City veterans in World War II.
Gene returned home, married his fiance, Jan, and began farming. He was a faithful member of Lodge 710 AF&AM. In the local community, he served on the county board, as a fire department trustee, as a township trustee for 40 years and as school board president for 12 years. In 2006, he and his wife Jan were honored as Outstanding Volunteers for DeWitt County.
Gene's hobbies included photography, traveling and woodworking.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 67 years, Georgiana Ridgway Houser, living at Bridle Brook in Mahomet; three children, David (Alice) Houser of Spruce Pine, N.C., Sarah Greer (Charles) of Dunwoody, Ga., and John (Cindy) Houser of Farmer City; seven grandchildren, Chelsea (David) Lute, Britt (Emily) Houser, Rachel (Mark) Brown, Nathan (Jessica) Greer, Rebecca Greer, Aaron Houser and George Houser; and eight great-grandchildren, Joshua and Hannah Lute, William, Cora and Nate Houser, Andrew and Kaitlyn Brown and Evan Greer.
He is also survived by a sister, Janet Allen of Bloomington; four cousins; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Farmer City United Methodist Church on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. with the service following at 3 p.m.
Private burial of the cremains will be at Camp Ground Cemetery.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Masonic Scholarship Fund, Lodge 710 AF&AM, P.O. Box 32, Farmer City, IL 61842.
Arrangements are being handled by Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City.