Steve  Houk
Steve Houk, age 65, passed away on Saturday June 22, 2019, at his home following a courageous battle with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy. Steve was born on November 25, 1953 in USAH Ft. Crowder Neosho, Mo., the son of Gene and Donna (Ackerman) Houk.
Steve grew up in the Tipton Ford Area and graduated from Neosho High School in 1971. During high school he became a long-distance runner. Upon graduation he was awarded a full track scholarship to the University of Arkansas. He was an accomplished cross-country runner for four years while at the University, becoming one of coach McDonnell's favorites. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education and an Associate's Degree of Science in Surveying.
Steve married Pam Robertson on March 16, 1987. With this marriage he was blessed with a beautiful 10-year-old daughter. They made their home on a farm north of Neosho where they loved to raise horses, garden and enjoy the peace that country life provided. He was active in Newton County 4-H, and watching numerous sports activities that his daughter and grandchildren were involved in. Steve was also an avid griller and would grill steaks in the rain or snow. He was a loyal Arkansas Razorbacks "Hogs" fan. He loved reading, horseback riding, snow and water skiing and scuba diving.
He worked 20 years for Allgeier Martin & Associates as a land surveyor. He was licensed in four states. He finished his career at the Newton County Assessor's office, retiring in 2015.
Steve was a Christian and a member of Central Christian Center. He served several years as a Deacon. He had a kind and gentle spirit, and championed fairness. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed.
He leaves behind his wife, Pam Houk, Joplin; daughter, Amanda Eggleston and husband, Brandon, Joplin; three grandchildren, Allie, Brody, and Kennedy Eggleston; mother, Donna Houk, Neosho, MO; brother, Shaun Houk and wife, Charlie, Neosho, MO; sister, Shelly Langland and husband, Warren, Neosho, MO; sister and brother-in-law, Kim and Bruce Woodard, Joplin; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Entombment will be at Ozark Memorial Park Mausoleum. The pallbearers will be Brandon Eggleston, Brody Eggleston, Shaun Houk, Pat Eggleston, Bruce Woodard, Greg Bone, Aaron Houk, and Kenny Parker. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve's nieces and nephews.
The visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy Trust established to help family members who may battle this disease in the future.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on June 25, 2019


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Derek Carroll
Oct 06, 2019
He was my team mate at Arkansas when we won SWC Cross Country in 1975. Great individual, great character. he was delightfully accepting of his Irish and English teammates. he is now doing some long distance runs with Niall!
Jay Hawthorn
Jul 10, 2019
Surprised by this! Steve was one of the best supervisors I ever had! He was patient and demanding at the same time. Sorry for your loss, Pam. And to the whole Houk family.
Darrell Burris
Jun 26, 2019
Steve was one of the greatest distance runners I ever raced. If not for injuries, he would have been an All American. He was also kind to all of the runners that chased him.