Herbert Houston

January 27, 1934 ~ June 16, 2019 (age 85)


Herbert John Houston was given the gift of life on January 27, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey to the union of Frank and Mary Houston. His parents and six siblings preceded him in death.

Herbert graduated high school in Newark, New jersey and immediately joined the military. He served in the Army and Air Force and held the rank Sergeant and battled in three wars. Herbert retired from the military after serving twenty one years with honor and distinction.

Herbert had a pure heart and he was genuine to everyone who crossed his path. He loved life and never let any challenge stop him from achieving his goals. He was an inspiration to all who were blessed to have been in his presence. He always said he loved the lord and lived by his guidance.

Herbert was a hard worker who held management positions with the Chicago Police Department, Camp Fire, General Motors Fisher Body and Lyphomed Pharmaceutical Company where he retired as a Quality Assurance Manager in 1999.

Herbert married to the love of his life Bettye for thirty nine years. They met in 1978 and were married in 1980. Herbert was a loving husband and adoring father to Bettye's children Sebastian and Tasha.

Herbert moved into the Rosemoor Community in December of 1980 and has been a committed and concerned neighbor. He diligently supported the community and was a dear friend and good neighbor to everyone he encountered for over 39 years. In 2004 he was given a Neighborhood Leadership Award from neighborhood Housing Services and featured on the radio as State Farms " Good Neighbor to know."

Herbert departed this life on Father's Day, Sunday June 16, 2019. He leaves to fondly cherish his memories; a loving wife, Bettye; daughter, Tasha A. Baker; son, Sebastian M baker; grandson, Nicholaus A Bates; special daughter, Shira F. Washington; brother, Charles Houston; special niece, Mary Houston; special nephews, Marc E Jackson and Michele E. Jackson Esq; great niece, Kayla M. Jackson; special friend, Butch Long; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

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July 3, 2019

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elder E. W. Whitehead Chapel
8243 South Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60620

Funeral Service
July 5, 2019

11:00 AM
Elder E. W. Whitehead Chapel
8243 South Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60620

July 5, 2019

12:30 PM
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 West Hoff Road
Elwood, IL 60421

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