J. Houston Alcorn, a loving husband, dad, Papa and Pa passed away at Flower Hospital in the early morning hours of March 25, at the age of 90. Known to all as Houston, he was a longtime resident of Lambertville, Michigan.
Born in Baxter Tennessee on March 30, 1932, to Felix andJohnie (Gibson) Alcorn, Houston, along with his six siblings, were raised in the hills of Tennessee. Although he lived the majority of his adult life in Michigan, Tennessee was always home at heart.
On May 18, 1956, Houston married the love of his life Ruby Jean Roberts and shortly thereafter, they moved to Michigan where they settled and raised their four children. Houston worked for Teledyne CAE as a repairman, retiring after 33 years of service. With extra time on his hands, he returned to the workforce at ProMedica Toledo Hospital working for another 10 years in the environmental services department.
Most important in his life were his family and faith. He was an active member of the Dunbar Road Church of Christ, serving as a song leader, deacon and elder. Houston loved music. He was a self-taught guitar player and enjoyed spending time singing and playing bluegrass with the boys at the local “hootananny.”
Houston looked forward to the spring when planting season arrived. His vegetable garden would sustain family, friends and neighbors.
Houston was the happiest when he was surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Jean, affectionately known as “the Rube”; daughters, Rhonda (Doug) Dressel, Debbie (Tim) Wolf, Barbara (Tom) Peckham and Brenda Alcorn (preceded in death by his son Randall). His pride and joy were his grandchildren Randi (Bill) Scovell, Brandon (Krista) Dressel, Rebecca (Ryan) Porter, Austin (Camryn) Wolf, Kaitlin (Michael) Ellerbrock, Kelsey Peckham, Justin (Emily) Alcorn, Ashley Alcorn, Karmala Sutton and his first unofficial grandchild Kevin Caldwell. The light of his life were his great-grandchildren Connor and Brynn Scovell, Jacob and Ellie Porter, Carson Ellerbrock, Kendall and Henry Dressel and Mason Wolf.
Houston will be fondly remembered as a true southern gentleman and for his many antics, jiggs and jingles.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Urbanski’s Bedford Funeral Chapel 8300 Lewis Ave Temperance, MI where the funeral service will be held Thursday, March 30, 2023 at Noon. Burial will follow in Bedford Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.bedfordfuneralchapel.com.