George H. Houck Jr., a retired steel worker and World War II veteran who served with the Navy at Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal, died of cancer July 15 at his home in Ocean City. The former Woodlawn resident was 85.
Born in Baltimore, he grew up in Forest Park. During the war, Mr. Houck served in the Pacific in a Coast Guard unit attached to the Navy. He later worked in the Coast Guard at the Rehoboth Coastal Defenses.
For most of his working career, he was employed by R.E. Linder Steel Co., retiring in 1978. A Mason, he was a member of lodges in Reisterstown and Sykesville.
His first wife, the former Beatrice Helen Rowe, predeceased him.
Services will be private.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, the former Elaine Theresa Murphy; four daughters, Carolyn Spiecker of Severna Park, Diana Moerschbacher of Westminster, and Susan Fields and Doris Moore, both of Catonsville; four step-children, Linda Gaske of Marriottsville, Paul Murphy of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Ronald Murphy of Ocean City and Margie Hood of Baltimore Highlands; seven grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.