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Alfred "Earle" Houghton

Jun 28, 1951 - Nov 14, 2021

Service

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
1:00 pm
The family will be honoring Earle with a Funeral Service at the Lou Soppit Community Center in Rocky Mountain House, AB on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 1:00pm.
There is a requirement to show proof of double vaccination, or a negative Covid test.

There are plans to hold a private family Celebration of Life in Kelowna, BC in the summer. Time and details to be shared at a later date.

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In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Earle may be made to Kidsport, the MS Society, the Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Obituary

Houghton, Earle (Alfred)

June 28, 1951 - November 14, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we, as a family, say good-bye to Earle Houghton, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many. Earle passed away suddenly at home with his wife by his side at the age of 70 years.

Earle was born in Kelowna, BC on June 28, 1951, to Iona and Robert Houghton. He was the oldest of 5 children and the oldest grandchild of the Kleven clan. The aunties couldn’t get enough of his sweetness.

Earle worked hard in several different jobs to support his family and took pride in providing for his family. Earle spent 7 years in the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and finished off his working career in 2016, retiring from Husky Oil as a gas plant operator at Ram River; outside of Rocky. For the last few years, Earle enjoyed retirement, and the time and opportunities it presented, in particular golfing, travelling, and taking care of those he loved. With a memory like an elephant, and a deep sense of connection to those he loved, Earle enjoyed being a ‘historian’. He shared and always connected the dots making sure everyone knew him and that he knew them and their families.

Earle started to enjoy his retirement at the age of 65. He loved golfing, thrift store shopping, eating, curling, and sharing his love of his family with everyone he knew. He also delighted in celebrating the latest achievements of all his grandchildren. Friends and family have fond memories of Earle; many of which included good food and drinks! All who met Earle became family and were able to share in his grace and love of life.

Earle was always looking to find opportunities to spend time with his family. This was at the heart of everything he did, especially after his retirement. Earle loved a good two-step dance, a great whiskey, and a low golf score!

Earle is survived by his loving companion of 20 years and wife of 3 years Toni; his daughters and spouses; Bobbi (Vince), Darla (Dean), Blaire (Chris); and son Robin, grandchildren; Chloe, Faith, Sean, Brant, and River, his stepchildren; Scott (Erin), Aron (Erin), Kyle (Kailyn) and Kirstin (Chris), his step-grandchildren; Brogan, Byrklie, Aspen, Kypton, Kinsley, Layne, Cali, Tegan, Hadley, Palmer, and Jorie.

Deeply saddened by his passing as well are Earle’s siblings and their families, Rob (Trudy), Gale, Larry (Linda), and Sandra (Jay); his mother-in-law, Marie Czirfusz, brothers and sisters in-law; Greg (Betty Anne), and Joyce (Boyd).

Earle was predeceased by his infant son Sean Earle and his adopted son Joseph Douglas.

The family will be honoring Earle with a Funeral Service at the Lou Soppit Community Center in Rocky Mountain House, AB on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 1:00pm.



There is a requirement to show proof of double vaccination, or a negative Covid test.

There are plans to hold a private family Celebration of Life in Kelowna, BC in the summer. Time and details to be shared at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Earle may be made to Kidsport, the MS Society, the Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626

Condolences

Dennis Parsons:

I extend my condolences regarding Earle's passing. I was a Troop mate of his in Troop 16 1972/73. Upon graduation he was sent to Alberta and I to British Columbia. After our training years the next time I saw Earle was in 2012 when our Troop held its 40th reunion at the Training Centre in Regina.
Condolences to all family members.

Bill and Sally-Mae Houghton:

Our sincere condolences to Toni and the entire Houghton family.
I met Earl and his brother Bob soon after moving to Kelowna back in 1968 and we became fast friends - maybe having the same last names without being related was the initial connection. We spent a lot of time together up until when Earl joined the RCMP and ended up being stationed in Alberta. I attended his graduation from the RCMP in Regina, and still have vivid memories of an unsuccessful blind date he arranged for me with a nursing student, something I reminded him of a couple of years ago. I was fortunate to be able to re-connect with Earl for a couple of golf games down in Phoenix and it brought back a lot of fond memories.
We will miss him.

Marina and Michael Whitby:

We were very saddened to learn of Earl’s passing. A good man who remained a good friend 40 years after he helped two easterners feel at home in Rocky. We will miss him.

Michael Stevenson:

So sorry to hear of Earles passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Marvin Teresa Kroetsch (Bonnie Hewitt):

We are so sorry to here of an amazing mans passing. Our thoughts are with you all at this time.

Ali Marchbank :

So sorry to hear the news of Earle. He was such a gentle soul and a loving dad. I have lots of great memories with Blaire’s family growing up and Earle was a big part of that. Thinking of you all, he was definitely one of a kind.

Ray and Carol Williams, Lisa and Terrry:

We will always remember Earle as being a great person who unabashedly loved kids, dogs, and other assorted pets. (Well, some of them.) He was a wonderful dad and friend who will be greatly missed,

Barbara, Pat, and Greg Murray, Nicole and Andy Smith, Kim Murray and Greg Hartel:

The Drumheller Murray family were heartbroken to hear of Earle's passing. Earle was hands down the most supportive, caring (and fun!) uncle and brother-in-law. Condolences to all family members.

Ken Bunzenmeyer & Joan Sivyer:

Our hearts go out to all of you in this time of loss.

Phil & MaryAnn Humphries:

We are so very saddened to learn of Earle's passing. Earle and I travelled from Kelowna together in 1972 to Kamloops and were sworn into the RCMP together and were troop mates and pit partners at Depot. We were both stationed in Alberta and Earle and family became our neighbours across the alley in Calgary where we spent a lot of time together. I remember those times fondly! Earle and I both attended our troop reunion at Depot in 2012 and shared many a story. Earle was a wonderful friend and he will be missed by all who were fortunate to have known him.

Nita Finley:

So sad. My sincere condolences to the Houghton family. Such a loving family, I know you will find comfort from each other. All your memories are a blessing.

Mark Burnell:

Sad news. Earle and Toni were great neighbors when we lived in Rocky.

Condolences to your family.

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Rhonda Hamilton:

Toni and Family, I was very shocked and saddened to hear the news of Earl’s passing. I am so happy that you had 5 good years of retirement that you filled with family, friends and many activities. Toni and Earle exuded happiness! My heartfelt sympathy and my love is being sent to you all.

George and Bev Welsh:

We are so sorry to hear of Earle's passing, he will be missed by everyone that knew him. Being neighbors back in the 50's and 60's, we all have such good memories of the North End Kids. Our hearts go out to the whole Houghton family at this difficult time. Hugs George and Bev.

Mark Burnell:

We are saddened to hear this news. Earle was a great neighbor during our time in Rocky.

Condolences to the family.

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Angela Foord:

Toni and family,

I am so sorry to hear of Earle’s passing. I have many fond memories of working with him at Ram River. My heart goes out to you all.

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