James Jackson “Jim” Houchin 1933 – 2018
Lincoln, IL—James Jackson “Jim” Houchin,AGE 84, of Lincoln, passed away April 10,2018 at Memorial Hospital, Springfield Il.
Jim was born on June 14, (Flag Day) 1933 in Allen’s Grove, Township the son of Charles Jackson and Anniece Esther (Roland) Houchin. He married Grace Evelyn Woodhull daughter of Harold Dewitt and Bertha Grace (Wilshire) Woodhull at their home on July 4, 1954 in Bay Shore, Long Island,NY.
Jim was preceded in death by the love of his life, Grace, his wife of 62 years, both of his parents and his younger brother John Charles Houchin.
Jim is survived by his children, son James H. Houchin, his wife Anne M. of O’ Fallon, MO., Daughter Cathy Ann Skaggs of Lincoln, IL .His sister Nancy Welch and Husband Tom of St. Joseph, IL,grandchildren Elizabeth Rebecca Houchin of O’ Fallon, MO, Jeffery Skaggs and his wife Shelly of Lincoln, IL and great grandson Joshua Skaggs of Lincoln, IL.Also surviving are his nephew Jason (Tammy) Welch of Bloomington, IL and niece Jennifer (Brian) Wetzel of St. Joseph, IL.
Jim retired from Caterpillar as a shipping clerk after 48 years. He was a member of the United Auto Workers Union Local # for 47 years. He served his country during the Korean War in the United States Navy. He was deacon at First Baptist Church of Lincoln IL. and was active in Boy Scouts most of his adult life, serving as Scoutmaster of Troop 113 and serving as District Commissioner of the Corn Belt Boy Scout Council being awarded numerous Boy Scout Key Awards for his Leadership. Jim enjoyed watching his beloved Lincoln High School Railspliters and the BloomingtonIL. Central Catholic High School Saints which is coached by his nephew Jason Welch.
Visitation for Jim will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on Monday, April 16, 2018 at Holland, Barry and Bennett Funeral Home 620 Pulaski St. Lincoln ILwith services following visitation officiated by Rev. Michael Mallick, Jefferson Street Christian Church. Burial will follow the services at Allens Grove Cemetery, Allens Grove Township. Memorial donations may be made in Jim’s name to Disabled American Veterans or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.