BENTON — Charles (Chuck) Melvin House, 67, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

He was born Jan. 9, 1950, in Benton, the son of James A. and Jaunita House.

He was married to Barbara Curtis and she survives.

Chuck served his county honorably in the U.S. Army from 1969 thru 1971, including a 12-month tour of duty in Vietnam. After returning from the service, he began a long and fulfilling career with Ford Motor Company at various plants in Michigan, where he resided for over 45 years.

Chuck was a fun loving, jolly person who was quick witted and always ready to play a prank or tell a joke. He was also an avid fan of NASCAR.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Eric.

He is survived by his loving wife Barb; stepdaughters, Toni Hawkins and Dana (Clint) Hoelzer; first wife, Lana; sons, Brian (Heather) House, Jeremy House; and daughter, Angie (Mark) Kinney. Chuck will be greatly missed by his nine grandchildren, Tyler, Haylee, Payton, Salemah, Logan, Jacob, Tiffany, Karah and Kacey.

He is further survived by his sister, Sue (Ed) Doty; brothers, Butch Seibert, Ron (Carol) House, and Lou (Leslie) House; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, and Monday Dec. 11, preceding the funeral at 10 a.m. at Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, that will be officiated by Pastor Kurt Sanders. Military Rites will be administered by the Benton American Legion and VFW Posts and the National Guard Honor Squad.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church Building Fund and will be accepted at any time at the funeral home.

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