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Richard L. Houghton

September 20, 2006
Richard L. Houghton
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Richard L. Houghton 1924 - 2006   Richard L. Houghton, 81, WWII Army Veteran, of Ludlow, was called safely home on September 20, 2006. He was born in Leominster, Ma.,  on Dec 30, 1924 to the late Edmund B. and Emeline J. (Bouchard) Houghton.  He was a 1943 graduate of South High School in Worcester before entering the US Army in 1943.  He was in basic training at Camp Grant, Rockford, IL and then received his specialty medical training at Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta GA.  Richard then served in the Pacific Theater during WWII attached to 350 AAA Search Light Battalion at General Macarthur’s Headquarters. He was assigned to his group as a medic, first in New Guinea, moving to other islands before being stationed in Manila, where he was present when the Japanese surrendered at the Manila City Hall.  In February 1946, he was honorably discharged from the Army at Ft. Devens, Ayer, Ma.  On March 20, 1946, he married Bernice Midgley Kallman and in Sept of that year, he entered Massachusetts College of Pharmacy under the G.I. Bill.  He graduated June 1950 as a Phi Beta P.S.I and worked for Harold Porter’s Drug in Worcester.  In 1953, he moved to Ludlow and worked for AE Booth Pharmacy.  In the years following, he also worked for Nowaks Pharmacy in Enfield, CT and Municipal Hospital Pharmacy, SPFLD., retiring in 1987 and then volunteered in the pharmacy at Shriners Hospital for 19 years.  Richard was a proud member of Brigham AM, FM Masonic Lodge, Ludlow; Melha Shriners; Legion of Honor; and Old Timers.  He was also member and past president of Arab Patrol, Pioneer Valley Shrine Club and Western Mass Pharmacy Association; registrar of Scottish Rites, and was presented the Meritous Service Award; Treasurer of Hillbillies and member and secretary of the Drum Corp.  While residing in Ludlow, he served the town as an Election worker, Town Registrar, Senior Volunteer to the Ludlow Board of Health and a Precinct 1 Representative He also was a former member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church serving as Vestry and Senior Warden for many years.  Richard was the beloved husband of 60 years to Bernice M. (Kallman) Houghton; a loving father to R. Lester Houghton Jr. of Jacksonville, NC, Russell A. Houghton and his wife Wendy of E. Granby, CT, and Elizabeth A. Cameron and her husband Edward A.  of Middleton, Ma; a cherished grandfather to Richard L Houghton III, Nathaniel E. Cameron, Alexander W. Cameron and Gregory R. Houghton; and a dear brother to Edmund B. Houghton Jr. of FL, Dorothy Riordon of Worcester and the late Flora L. Cobiski. Military Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1 P.M. at the Massachusetts Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery Chapel in Agawam. Ludlow Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Donations may be made in Richard’s memory to Shriners Hospital for Children 516 Carew St. Springfield, Ma. 01104 or Western Mass Pharmacy Scholarship Fund PO Box 268 Springfield, Ma. 01101 or  to the charity of one’s choice. 

Donations may be made in Richard’s memory to Shriners Hospital for Children 516 Carew St. Springfield, Ma. 01104 or Western Mass Pharmacy Scholarship Fund PO Box 268 Springfield, Ma. 01101 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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