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Obituary For

Darrell Houk

11/08/1929 - 05/02/2017

Darrell Houk passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.  Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 8th at Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor William J. Shupe officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home. Darrell Duane Houk was born November 8, 1929 in Lawrence, KS to Harvey Phillip and Anna Marie (Humphrey) Houk. Darrell grew up on the family farm and he was a member of the FFA, 4H and the baseball team. After high school graduation, he attended K-State and played semi-pro baseball. He then transferred to the University of Kansas and played on the baseball team his junior and senior years before graduating in 1951. After graduation, Darrell served his country by volunteering for the Marine Corps. On October 30, 1954 he married Darlene DeMeritt in Lawrence, KS. Darrell began his career with Phillips Petroleum Co. in August of 1956 and continued in various locations and job titles until his retirement in 1988 from the Marketing department with over 32 years of dedicated service. Darrell was a long time member of Redeemer Lutheran Church where he was a treasurer, financial secretary, elder, usher and enjoyed volunteering. He loved playing golf, traveling and spending time with his family. Darrell is survived by his wife Darlene Houk of the home. Three daughters: Darci Anne Shelton and husband Craig of Chouteau, Marta Jo Houk of Bartlesville and Roma Gail Waidner and husband John of Denison, TX. Darrell was blessed with two grandchildren; Jeremy and Jason Shelton and six great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3700 Woodland Road, Bartlesville, OK 74006.


​Casket Bearers: George Rhodes, James Middleton, John Waidner, Craig Shelton, Glen Blackburn, Jeremy Shelton, Jason Shelton.



"How Great Thou Art"

"The Old Rugged Cross"

"Amazing Grace"

"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"

Vocalist - Nicole Shelton

Organist - Dalene Colpitt


Pastor William J. Shupe


05/08/2017 10:00 am
Redeember Lutheran Church
3700 Woodland Rd.
Bartlesville OK 74006


05/08/2017 11:00 am
Memorial Park Cemetery
4200 E. Nowata Rd.
Bartlesville OK 74006


Redeemer Lutheran Church
3700 Woodland Road
Bartlesville OK 74006

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  • Posted by Stella Shoff from Bartlesville, Oklahoma
    Darlene, Darci, Marta, and Roma. My heart sinks with this news. Darrell was an inspiration to many and always brought a smile to my face. Know you are in my prayers
    05/02/2017 at 10:58pm
  • Posted by Sheree & Jim Stevens from Bartlesville, Oklahoma
    Our thoughts are with each of you in the loss or your dear loved one. We send up prayers for your comfort and peace for the days ahead. Jim and I greatly admired Darrell. He will be missed by who knew and loved him.
    05/03/2017 at 07:06pm
  • Posted by Vicki Goff-Miller from Lawrence , Kansas
    Howk family, We are deeply sadden by your loss, Darrell was a wonderful friend of our fathers. Dad has so many wonderful memories of this Great man. You all are in our prayers and thoughts. Sincerely George Goff & Family
    05/04/2017 at 08:39am
  • Posted by norma harrod from lawrence, Kansas
    Darlene: Just wanted you to know that I always remember our times together and was thankful to get to spend brief moments with you both in Bartlesville. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    05/04/2017 at 09:21am
  • Posted by Kathy Cain from Bartlesville, Oklahoma
    I knew Darrell from working together at Phillips and the Frank Phillips Club where he hung out with the Marketing "in crowd." He was fun to be around and a true gentleman. He talked often of his family with love. I hope good memories will help comfort you and know you are in the thoughts and prayers of all who were blessed to know Darrell.
    05/04/2017 at 11:03am
  • Posted by Walt Houk from Lawrence, Kansas
    Houk family..So sorry for your loss. I had not seen Darrell for sometime but had visited with him on the phone recently. I know you will miss him. My thoughts are with you.
    05/07/2017 at 07:31pm