Obituary: Sherrill Houghton Houston, 1929-2017
Sherrill Houghton Houston, 88, of Edwards and Essex, New York, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, Nov. 6, from complications due to dementia and multiple myeloma. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary, and four children: Timothy, of Bakersfield, California; Anne Breckheimer (Bret), of Eagle; David (Jeanna), of Jacksonville, Florida; and Caroline Leonardo (Jeffrey), of Edwards; and three grandchildren, Joseph and Gabrielle Leonardo and Frida Houston.
Sherry was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut. He attended Milton Academy and then received a degree in geology from Harvard College in 1951. After Officer Candidate School he served on the USS Botetourt during the Korean War. Following his naval service, he enrolled at Columbia University, receiving his MBA in 1956.
While in Canada starting his mining career, he met Mary, the sister of a workmate. In 1958, Sherry and Mary married and moved to the U.S., where he worked for mining and smelting concerns in New York, Connecticut, Missouri and California. The great joys of his life were his family, especially Mary, playing tennis and hockey and, of course, spending summers in the Adirondack State Park in upstate New York. In 2006, Sherry and Mary moved to Colorado to be near their daughters. Winters in the Vail area and summer in the Adirondacks suited him very well.
A service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. by the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration at the Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road, Vail. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sherry’s name can be made to:
Champlain Area Trails, Box 193, 6482 Main St., Westport, NY, 12993, or champlainareatrails.com or
Eagle Valley Senior Life, P.O. Box 9727, Avon, 81620, or evslife.org.
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