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   This is a celebration of the rich and enduring life of Theodore Robert Houghton; a life that spanned 94 years and he passed on March 4, the day of his birth. A life lived to its fullest, a life of meaningful memories with family and friends and a life of purpose. Ted is remembered as the eternal optimist, always looking for the good in life as well as the good in others. All who knew Ted remember his smile and his laugh that along with his kindness allowed him to so easily befriend others.
   Ted cherished his time with his wife, Hazel M. Houghton, with whom he shared 70 years of marriage. Ted was a devoted, dedicated husband who so wanted to provide the best life for his wife. Beyond the care and sweet affection of his wife Ted enjoyed the loving network of support from his daughter, Diane, wife of Branch McQueen, son Robert, his daughter-in-law Laura, and granddaughter Alison.
   He was the son of the late Walter and Jennie (Briggs) Houghton and the brother of Earl R. Houghton, Paul V. Houghton, and Mary (Houghton) Witmer. Ted was a 1941 graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School.

   Ted proudly served his country during World War II as a member of the 509th Airborne as a paratrooper in Europe. Ted was a member of The National Pathfinder Association.
   Over his life, Ted worked at the former Posey Iron Works as a welder and fitter. Other work included A.O. Smith Company and Alloy Rods as a Process Engineer.
   Ted left such a positive impact, whether through service to his country, his connections at work or through his caring, loving relationships with friends and family. Ted's memory will be a blessing to all who knew him.
   A Celebration of Ted's life will take place at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 500 Pearl Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 on Friday, March 9, 2018. Those wishing to pay respects may arrive at the church at 10:00 a.m. and the service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Following the service, there will be a committal ceremony at the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery with Military Honors.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, www.dav.org, in the memory of Theodore R. Houghton.

Theodore registered for the draft ca.1942 and was inducted into the the Army on 17 July 1943.

On 26 Sept 44, Pvt Haas was transferred from Hq 82nd Airborne Division, Leicester, England to Service Company, 508th PIR..

On 6 February 1945, Cpl Houghton was transferred from the 509th Prcht Inf to Company G, 508th PIR.


On16 January 1950, Theodore submitted this application for the Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus.  He was credited wit 8 months of domestic duty and 21 months of foreign service netting him a $395 bonus.

His military decorations include the Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Bronze Service Arrowhead device for the Southern France Campaign and Airborne Operations.