James N. “Jim”Houtsch, 92, Otwell

James N. “Jim” Houtsch, 92, of Otwell, died Tuesday, September 22, at Northwood Good Samaritan Retirement Community in Jasper. He was born in Portersville March 17, 1928, to Rueben and Myrtle (Mulkey) Houtsch. He married Genevieve “Jennie” Neukam September 26, 1953, in Granite City, Illinois.

Jim was a military policeman and served in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Jasper VFW Post 673, American Legion Post 147, and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He worked at Jasper Wood Products, as foreman at the Otwell Milling Company, and at Olinger Construction. He retired after 33 years as a self-employed carpenter after building his own home and spending many hours in his workshop. He enjoyed fishing on the family pontoon in Patoka Lake and learned to water ski at age 55. He was a member of St. Peters United Church of Christ in Dubois, a charter member of the Otwell Water Corporation, and the Otwell Ruritan Club.

He is survived by his wife, Jennie Houtsch; two daughters, Donna Brandt and husband Kevin, Jasper, and Doreatha Lintzenich and husband Steven , Mt. Vernon; one son, Michael Houtsch and wife Judy, Otwell; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Rueben John Houtsch,  who died in infancy, one step-brother, Larry Hudson, and three sisters, MariLou Craig, Eileen Russell, and Dorothy White.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter’s Church. Masks and social distancing will be required for the visitation and service. In lieu of flowers and gifts the family asks memorial contributions be made to St. Peter’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor John Sterrett will officiate. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

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