Floyd Emmett Houghton, 86, of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday afternoon, August 30, 2023. He left behind a legacy of dedication, service, and love. Those who knew him recognized the quiet strength that underscored his every action.
Born on January 5, 1937, in Gallatin to Leland and Beulah Houghton, Floyd’s early years were rooted in a foundation of hard work and community. He proudly graduated from Gallatin High School in 1955 and swiftly answered the call of duty, enlisting in the United States Army the following year. Amidst his service, love blossomed, and he wed his lifelong partner and love, Jewel, on August 3, 1956. Their unwavering bond remained a testament to their shared journey of 67 years.
Floyd began a fulfilling 35-year career with General Motors. His work ethic however, did not end with his professional commitments. Floyd was a steadfast volunteer, dedicating countless hours to organizations such as the Jaycees, First United Methodist Church, Children’s Haven, Uplift, and more. In his later years, Floyd continued his legacy of service by working for his beloved church after retirement, exemplifying that one’s purpose doesn’t diminish with age.
His gentle demeanor never overshadowed his accomplishments. Floyd was a man who, without fanfare, achieved great things. His big and small contributions shaped the communities he was a part of and touched the lives of many.
Preceded in death by his son, Alan (Toni), grandson B.J., and brothers Tom and Jim, Floyd’s memory will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of his family, friends, and all those blessed to have known him. He is survived by his loving wife, Jewel; daughter-in-law, Toni Houghton; granddaughter, Angela (Ken) Kasten; and great-grandchildren, Lane, Logan, Bryan, Natalie, and Ben.
His life stands as a beacon for love, loyalty, and selfless service. He will be profoundly missed but remembered always. Rest in peace, Floyd Houghton.
His family will receive family and friends from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, 301 S.W. Woods Chapel Rd, Blue Springs, MO. Memorial service will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Floyd’s name to the First United Methodist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. Memories of Floyd and words of comfort for his family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com