Edwin Harold Houser – July 23, 1923/April 16, 2015

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edwin_houserEdwin Harold Houser was born July 23, 1923 in Royse City, Texas, and passed away April 16, 2015 in Duncanville, at age 91. He was the third son of Ezra and Dixie Houser.

He is preceded in death by his brothers Gerald, Wayne Max, Carol, James and John.

Mr. Houser graduated from Royse City High School in 1941 and then served in the United States Marine Corps just after World War II. He met a nurse-in-training, Ruth Dubberly, in 1944 and married her in 1947, and they settled in Oak Cliff.

“Tot” is survived by Ruth, his wife of 67 years; three sons, Bobby and wife Debbe, David and wife Carolyn, and Kirk; grandchildren, Kyle, Hollie, Chris, Graham, Elaine, and Levi; and great-grandchildren, Kole, Alexie, Bryce, Kylie, Jackson, Will, Brynley, and Ally.

“Tot” was a tool and dye maker by profession, working 40 years with Austin Industries in Dallas, where he served on the board of their employees’ credit union. He was the legendary coach of the men’s softball team at Brandon Ave United Methodist Church from 1972 to 1986 and led the team to multiple state championships. Tot was elected to the USSSA Texas Softball Hall of Fame in 2001 as one of the winningest coaches in Texas history with a 72% winning percentage.

Retiring to Duncanville, Tot loved to go bass fishing with his brothers Gerald and Jamie and many other friends. Tot enjoyed making coffee for the Methodist Men on Thursday mornings at First United Methodist in Duncanville. He was awarded Life Membership in the Methodist Men. On Friday nights, Tot flipped hamburgers for the Duncanville High School Baseball Boosters.

jaynesFuneral services are 2:00 pm, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at First United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main, in Duncanville.

Burial will follow in Little Bethel Memorial Park.

The family will host a visitation on Monday, April 20, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at Jaynes Memorial Chapel.