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Dr. Robert Baron Houska

Dr. Robert Baron Houska, of Battlement Mesa, passed away March 10, 2006, at the age of 72.He was born Sept. 14, 1933, in Chamberlain, S.D., to Raymond and Hazel Potter Houska. After his high school graduation, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota, a master’s degree in counseling from the University of North Dakota, and a doctorate in education administration/management from New Mexico State University.Dr. Houska served in the U.S. Army with the Sixth Armored Division, Seventh Engineer Battalion, in Germany as an explosives and demolitions expert.Dr. Houska married Beverly Ponto at Sioux Falls, S.D., on Feb. 13, 1960.Dr. Houska was a retired educational administrator and had resided in Battlement Mesa for 15 years. He was a member of the Grand Valley Christian Church, a member of the Battlement Mesa/Parachute Lions Club, and a former Master of Rifle Masonic Lodge #129. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his grandsons, and claimed numerous grand champion and first place awards at the Garfield County Fair for his roses and dahlias.Survivors include his wife; son Derrick (Vickie) Houska; daughters Cerise (Russell) Ivey and Carina (Sean) Wells; grandchildren Matthew and Stephen Ivey; and many special friends at the senior activity center.Dr. Houska was preceded in death by brothers James and Thomas Houska.There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Valley Christian Church, with Pastor Wayne Wolchek officiating. A Masonic ceremony will follow. Interment will be in South Dakota at a later date.The Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Grand Valley Christian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 190, Parachute, CO 81635.


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