Jerome Houtekier obituary (2021) – Moline, IL
Jerome A. Houtekier
April 6, 1953 – September 2, 2021
MOLINE-Jerome A. Houtekier, 68, of Moline, Illinois, died Thursday, September 2, 2021 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Parish in Moline, Illinois on April 23 at 9:30 a.m. Pointe, 701 12th Street, Moline, with Military Honors rendered by Moline American Legion Post # 246 at 11:00 a.m. The cremation took place at the Trimble Crematory, Moline, IL, under the direction of the Cremation Society of the Quad Cities.
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Jerome Arthur Houtekier was born April 6, 1953 in Wayne County, Michigan, the son of Louis and Helen (Redding) Houtekier. He married Veronica P. Sierra on May 19, 1972 in San Diego, California.
A Vietnam veterinarian, Jerry served from September 9, 1971 until November 11, 1976 as a marine electrical officer. He was an active naval reservist in the Seabees for over twenty years. He enjoyed his time with his fellow Reservists and the projects they built for the community. Jerry was a maintenance worker for the Illinois Department of Transportation from March 1985 to June 2008.
He was an outdoorsman, an Eagle Scout, a dog lover, a heart transplant survivor, a disciplinarian, a prankster and a big hug. He was known to bring home creatures large and small, dead and alive. We never left him without a personalized hug, kiss and farewell.
Jerry’s children kept him very busy, primarily as a driver, for many years. Later, he will resume the same job for his many grandchildren, a job he loved very much!
Jérôme is survived by his beloved wife, Veronica; seven children, Jeremiah (Shellie) Houtekier from Moline, Octavia (Christopher) Boyd from Davenport, Gabriella (Benjamin) Schnerre from Orion, Benjamin (Jenn) Houtekier from Rock Island, Jacqueline (Nathan) Lundeen from Rock Island, Guinevere (Joseph) Skovronski from Colona, and Vivian Houtekier from Davenport; twenty-one grandchildren, Connor and Zachary Houtekier, Thalia Boyd, Angelica, James, Noah, Bianca, Gabriel and Cecelia Schnerre, William (Liam), Elliott, Rosalie and Julian Houtekier, Nickolas Roessler, Alaina and Calleigh Lundeen, Owen and Emma Skovronski, and Jacob and Jayden Houtekier; two great-grandchildren, Mallory and Ansley; and Sledge, his four-legged companion. He was predeceased by his parents, grandparents and his four-legged hunting partner, Eike.
Our family would like to express our undying gratitude to the University of Iowa Heart Transplant Team for giving us over ten extra years with Jerry. Thanks, Carolyn, for all of your hard work.
Our father always, always told us to celebrate his life, not to mourn his death. We will open a few bottles of his homemade mead, which he never touched because it was not supposed to be opened until he died. He felt that the name “Dead Man’s Mead” would be both appropriate and entertaining for those who knew him.
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Posted by The Rock Island Dispatch Argus on October 3, 2021.