Von E. Houk, AKA “Pops” and “Hammer”, 80, passed away.

Von was born on the Fourth of July, 1933 in Okemah to parents Homer and Selma Houk. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Houk; grandson, Greg Low; brother, Donald Houk; and his dog, Bullet.

He was honorably discharged from the United States Army after serving two years as an ammunitions specialist in Germany.

He was a long-time member of the Elks Lodge where he loved to golf, play moon on Monday nights and spending time with family and friends. When he was at home he enjoyed taking care of his yard, fruit trees and garden, but most of all having friends stop by. He also enjoyed driving out to Laughlin, NV. Bull riding was a favorite and in February, Von, Alan and Kegan attended the PBR in OKC.

Von never met a stranger and will be missed by many. If you knew him, you loved him.

To carry on his memory are his children, Alan and wife, Tammy Houk, Pam and husband Mike Cline; grandchildren, Shannon and Destiny Low, Cory Low, Bill and Alicia Bean, Colin and Tamara Edwards, Kegan and Lacee Danker, Shelby Houk, Doug and Amber Waldrop, Kayla Cline and a growing number of great-grandchildren as well as family in many states including California and Missouri.

Memorial service will be at 1 p.m., Friday, April 4, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1451 E. 45th. Lunch will be at 11 a.m.

“Hammer Down!”