Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1940

Bill Houghton BILL ROY HOUGHTON, 90, died Nov. 6, 2011, with burial at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, TX. He was born July 3, 1921, in Ranger, TX, to J.B. Houghton & Caroline Oswald Houghton. He attended Ranger High School at Ranger, TX. He met his wife, Catherine Murray (RHS-1942) also born and raised in Ranger, as a child. They grew up together in Ranger and married in 1946 after Bill had served his country in World War II as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. In 1950, they moved to Breckenridge, TX, where both of their daughters, Jan and Deborah, were born. In 1953, Bill moved his family to Mineral Wells to own and operate the Mineral Wells Daily newspaper. He and Catherine raised their daughters and resided in Mineral Wells for 45 years. Here Bill was an active member of the community. He served on the board of directors of Holiday Hills Country Club, was a member of the Lionís Club and a member of the First Baptist Church. During their time in Mineral Wells, many summers were spent at their cabin at Possum Kingdom Lake where Bill enjoyed fishing and taking his daughters water skiing. Bill was an excellent golfer and spent many hours enjoying golfing with his friends. He was also a very good cook and, in fact, he taught his wife, Catherine, to cook and they in turn passed this talent to both daughters. In 1997, Bill and Catherine moved to Dallas to be close to daughters, Jan and Deborah, and their families. It was a difficult decision to leave their home and friends of 45 years, but it proved to be a good one. They joined Prestonwood Baptist Church in 1998 and made many good friends there and were able to enjoy many good times with their daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bill is survived by his wife of 65 years, Catherine; two daughters and their husbands, Jan and Jerry Smith, and Deborah and Vance Arnold; five grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; and one brother, J.B. Houghton (RHS-1940) and wife, Mary, of Irving, TX.