Earle Alfred Houghton
June 28, 1951 – Nov. 14, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we, as a family, say good-bye to Earle Houghton, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many. Earle passed away suddenly at home with his wife by his side at the age of 70 years.
Earle was born in Kelowna, B.C., on June 28, 1951, to Iona and Robert Houghton. He was the oldest of five children and the oldest grandchild of the Kleven clan. The aunties couldn’t get enough of his sweetness.
Earle worked hard in several different jobs to support his family and took pride in providing for his family. Earle spent seven years in the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and finished off his working career in 2016, retiring from Husky Oil as a gas plant operator at Ram River, outside of Rocky. For the last few years, Earle enjoyed retirement, and the time and opportunities it presented, in particular golfing, travelling, and taking care of those he loved. With a memory like an elephant, and a deep sense of connection to those he loved, Earle enjoyed being a “historian.” He shared and always connected the dots making sure everyone knew him and that he knew them and their families.
Earle started to enjoy his retirement at the age of 65. He loved golfing, thrift store shopping, eating, curling, and sharing his love of his family with everyone he knew. He also delighted in celebrating the latest achievements of all his grandchildren. Friends and family have fond memories of Earle; many of which included good food and drinks! All who met Earle became family and were able to share in his grace and love of life.
Earle was always looking to find opportunities to spend time with his family. This was at the heart of everything he did, especially after his retirement. Earle loved a good two-step dance, a great whiskey, and a low golf score!
Earle is survived by his loving companion of 20 years and wife of three years Toni; his daughters and spouses: Bobbi (Vince), Darla (Dean), Blaire (Chris); and son Robin; grandchildren: Chloe, Faith, Sean, Brant and River; his stepchildren: Scott (Erin), Aron (Erin), Kyle (Kailyn) and Kirstin (Chris); his step-grandchildren: Brogan, Byrklie, Aspen, Kypton, Kinsley, Layne, Cali, Tegan, Hadley, Palmer and Jorie.
Deeply saddened by his passing as well are Earle’s siblings and their families: Rob (Trudy), Gale, Larry (Linda) and Sandra (Jay); his mother-in-law, Marie Czirfusz: brothers- and sisters-in-law: Greg (Betty Anne) and Joyce (Boyd).
Earle was predeceased by his infant son Sean Earle and his adopted son Joseph Douglas.
The family will be honouring Earle with a funeral service at the Lou Soppit Community Centre in Rocky Mountain House, Alta., on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at 1 p.m.
There is a requirement to show proof of double vaccination, or a negative COVID test.
There are plans to hold a private family celebration of life in Kelowna, B.C., in the summer. Time and details to be shared at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Earle may be made to Kidsport, the MS Society, the Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
To send condolences and view Earle’s tribute page please visit www.rockyfuneralhome.ca.
Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alta.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403-845-2626.