Lee Paul Houghton
Jun 17, 1933 – Aug 26, 2015
Lee Paul Houghton, 82, a longtime resident of Kent, WA, died peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, August 26, 2015.
He was born in E. Arlington, Vermont on June 17, 1933, the son of the late William J Houghton and Mary (Blyther) Houghton. He was a 1951 graduate of Arlington High School, and attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, graduating in 1954.
Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1954, he served 1 1/2yrs in Korea as a Private First Class before being honorably discharged in 1956.
Lee returned to Vermont after leaving the Army to marry his childhood sweetheart, Kathleen Knapp, on Feb. 25, 1956. After their wedding, the couple drove cross-country for their honeymoon, arriving in Seattle, WA. Lee worked for Boeing in the machine shop and Kay was an R.N. at Group Health Hospital. The couple subsequently had two daughters, Tanya and Deena.
While working at Boeing, he returned to college and graduated from Highline Community College in SeaTac, WA in 1971, and from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA in 1973, with a B.A. in Business and Marketing.
After graduating from UPS, Lee obtained a job with Hallidie Machinery Co. in Seattle, where he was a salesman, and in 1981, became sales manager and vice-president of the company.
He retired from Hallidie in 1999, and became an independent representative for several different machine companies.
Lee enjoyed many different sports especially golfing, skiing, biking, hiking and traveling around the world. He loved skiing and biking with his oldest daughter Tanya and her family, and he enjoyed numerous trips around the world with his youngest daughter, Deena. He was also a devoted animal lover and had many pets throughout his life.
He was a member of Christian Faith Center and loved the Lord. Lee served the Lord through loving and helping people. He always had a ready smile for anyone he would meet, and he loved to laugh. Lee exemplified what it meant to be a true "people person.” His greatest joy was being with his family.
He spent the last four years of his life at Young at Heart Adult Family Home in Puyallup, WA. "Uncle Lee"/"Papa" received excellent care from the staff and was loved by all.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and his wife Kathleen, who died on July 9, 1983.
He is survived by his daughters Tanya Richards and Deena Houghton, his son-in-law Jearl Richards, three grandchildren: Kaylee Richards (Cook), Carsten Richards and Quade Richards, a great granddaughter, Kinley Cook and numerous extended family members.
Gifts in Lee's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
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