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 ten-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 twenty 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, Sean 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 were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Entombment was at Ozark Memorial Park Mausoleum. The pallbearers were Brandon Eggleston, Brody Eggleston, Sean Houk, Pat Eggleston, Bruce Woodard, Greg Bone, Aaron Houk, and Kenny Parker. Honorary pallbearers were Steve’s nieces and nephews.

Visitation took place from 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 were under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.