George Randall Houska, 86, of Bloomington, passed away at 1:18 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2017) at Martin Health Center, Bloomington.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington. The Rev. Vaughn Hoffman will officiate. A reception will follow the service. Inurnment will be at a later date at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is handling arrangements.

George was born Nov. 7, 1931, in Elgin, to Frank and Helen J. Marcks Houska. He married Mary LaRue Weihmeir on Sept. 10, 1955, in Hopedale. She survives. He is also survived by two sons, Dr. Mark (Dr. Holly) Houska, Bloomington, and Paul (Mimi) Houska, Wilton, Conn.; and five grandsons, Nicholas, Mitch, Lucas, Kevin and Eric.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Ronald, and one nephew, John.

George proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force where he was a pilot, reaching the rank of lieutenant. He was a 1954 ROTC graduate of Bradley University. Through the years, he worked at Illinois State University as the director of insurance, GTE in the personnel department, and Barker Motors as a salesman. He retired in 1996.

He was a 60-year member of Wesley United Methodist Church. As an active member he served in many areas throughout his years there, including being an usher, chairperson of education, Sunday school teacher, pastor parish committee and a Stephen minister. He also served his community for 35 years as Normal Township clerk and was past president of the Normal Rotary Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church or Westminster Village Foundation.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the care received at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community and at Martin Health Center during his illness.

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