Monday, November 29, 2021

Obituary - Forrest DeVaughn Houk

Forrest D. Houk, age 87, peacefully passed away at his home in Clinton, Missouri, surrounded by his wife and family on Thursday, November 25, 2021. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Vansant-Mills Chapel with visitation from 1:00-2:00 PM prior to the service. 

Inurnment to follow in Parks Chapel Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and can be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at

Forrest DeVaughn Houk was born on July 31, 1934 to Railey Edgar and Mary Ellen (Moulder) Houk in Clinton, Missouri. He was the fourth oldest of one brother and five sisters. The siblings who preceded him in death are as follows: Dorothy (Eugene) Loyd, Beatrice Pedro, Berniece Ellis, Leona (Bob) Hill, Vivian Ivaughn Houk, and Virgil (Buddy) Houk. He was also preceded in death by his Son-in-Law, David Allen Turner.

Forrest enlisted in the Navy in 1952 and served in the Korean war.

Forrest went to work for the Clinton Street Department, after his honorable discharge from the Navy, where he worked for forty-three years. The last twelve of those years, Forrest was the Supervisor of the Clinton Street Department, retiring in 1999. During his forty-three years of service to the City of Clinton, Forrest received many deserved awards.

Forrest had a dry sense of humor and enjoyed visiting with his family and friends. He liked to raise a big garden and do any outdoor work.

He leaves his devoted wife of 66 years, Wanda Lea (Green) Houk. Two children, Johnny DeVaughn (Barbara) Houk, and Vivian Irene (David) Turner. He leaves his eleven grandchildren, John Matthew Houk, Crystal Dawn Houk, Nichole Shawn (James) Brewer, John Seth Shumate, Ryan Scott (Cheryl) Houk, James David “JD” Turner, John Christopher Turner, Lacy Belinda (Sam) Wiseman, Jason Turner, Jenna (Eric) Robinson, and Chelsea Lauren (Alex) Longoni. Eleven great grandchildren, Hannah and Nicholas Brewer, Kaden, Cooper, and Kellyn Robinson, Matthew Ryan Houk, Ella and Mary Alice Wiseman, Reese Shumate, Chloe and Cyrus Houk. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton Missouri.

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