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Alvin C. Houser, 87, of Boyles Run Road, Sunbury, passed away on Monday morning, Nov. 13, 2017, at Manor Care, Sunbury, where he was a patient for five days.
He was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Jordan Township, Northumberland Co., a son of the late Adam and Jennie (Lahr) Houser. On March 19, 1955, he married the former Joan A. Reitz who preceded him in death on Jan. 26, 2010.

Alvin was a hard-working man who started working at a very young age. During his lifetime he worked many jobs, including PP&L, and was later employed by the former Broscious Lumber Company until he retired in May 1992 after suffering a stroke.

He enlisted in the Army in March 1952 and took part in the Korean War. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars.

Alvin enjoyed the simple life and liked to keep to himself. Holidays were very difficult because to him a holiday was "just another day". He did not believe in "wasting" money for presents. Giving him a present on any occasion was sure to bring major grumbling. He was an extremely strong-willed man perceived by many to be "difficult". He wanted no help from anyone for anything. Whatever had to be done, he could do it (or so he thought). Up to one week prior to his admission of his own accord to Manor Care when he finally came to the realization that his cancer had taken over, he continued making his own food, doing laundry and "working". He took great pride in taking care of the grass and weeds around his house going so far as to use a weed whacker to cut his yard when he could no longer use the riding or push mower. He refused to turn on the television until it was time for the evening news or his favorite show, WWE Smackdown. Work always came first. He enjoyed listening to Rush Limbaugh when time permitted.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Adrian Delgado, of Sunbury, and Annetta and Bob VanDunk, of Millmont; three grandchildren and their spouses, Christopher and Misty James, of Freeburg, Jeremy and Tanika James, of Selinsgrove, and David and Sherry Smith, of Sunbury; six great-grandchildren, Lucy and Moyer James, Klayton James, Armani, Kyra and Paige Smith; two brothers, Charles and Raymond "Pinky" Houser, of Sunbury; two sisters, Laura Romberger, of Gratz, and Patsy Maurer, of Lykens; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an older sister, Hilda Peifer, of Dornsife, on May 11; and by a younger brother, Ernest, who died as a child.

There will be no viewing. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family with internment at Northumberland Memorial Park.

Special thanks are extended to everyone who assisted in keeping him comfortable while he was under the care of Hospice of Evangelical and to Manor Care as well.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury.
Published on November 13, 2017
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