Harry Clair Houser

Harry Clair Houser, 80 years young, of North East, PA died on Monday, March 13, 2017 at UPMC Mercy Hospital due to severe burns. He was born on May 20, 1936 in Clarion County, PA, the son of the late Theodore and Helen Swartz Houser.

Harry owned and operated Houser Excavating and Trucking in North East since 1966. Throughout his life, he had a passion for antique cars and completely restored a 1914 Model T Ford Milk Truck, which won several awards.

Harry loved playing his banjo and was a member of the North East Banjo Band. He enjoyed working outdoors, hunting, fishing, and always greeted every morning with a smile. Harry cherished his family, friends, and lived life to the fullest.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ruth Mekus; and brothers, Ted, William, and Russell Houser. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judith Nixon Houser, whom he married June 14, 1958; children, Kim Pettys (James) of Fairview and Mark Houser (Laura) of North East, PA; sisters, Donna Hunt of Westfield and Linda Kelley (Ed) of Florida; brothers, Larry Houser (Anna Mae) of Westfield, Darl Houser (Jackie) of Florida and Gary Houser (Sally) of Westfield; grandchildren, Scot Kaizer (Emily), Nikole Neptune (Ryan), Shanna Kaizer (Mike), Justin Houser, Kyle Houser, and Heather Zuber; 11 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, PA on Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 pm until time of a funeral service at 6:00 pm. Officiating the service is Pastor Rick Maas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 W. 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505.

Please send condolences to www.elkinfh.com.

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