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James “Jim” P. Houston, 73, of Kahoka died Monday, June 13, 2022 at Hannibal Regional Medical Center in Hannibal, MO.

He was born on March 17, 1949 in Keokuk, IA the son of Tillman Houston and Treasure Penrod Waltman. Jim graduated from Clark County High School with the Class of 1967.

On September 21, 1996, Jim was united in marriage to Dianna Sue Byrn Spory in the backyard of their home. She survives.

He is also survived by one daughter, Michelle Coppler (Jody) from Keokuk, one son, James Michael Houston (Ruby) of Keokuk, three step-children, Heather Spory of Kahoka, Dena Plant (Chris) of Gallatin, MO and Charles Spory (Kumiko) of Japan, eleven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three sisters and two brothers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one great-granddaughter, brothers, sisters, a special aunt and uncle, nieces and nephews.

Jim was employed by Shannon’s scrap yard in Keokuk for sixteen years. He was then the co-owner of River City Metals Products in Keokuk for twenty years and retired from Gregory Containers in Kahoka in September of 2018. He was a member of Kahoka Christian Church.

He enjoyed motorcycles, hot rods, stock cars and go carts anything with a motor. Jim liked being in the outdoors especially taking care of his yard and flowers. He had an incredible green thumb and was proud of his lilies. Hunting and fishing was a favorite pastime of his. Jim will be missed by those who loved him.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka. Burial will be in the Kahoka Cemetery.

Visitation will be held after 1:00 p.m. Friday with the family meeting with friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Clark County Local Cancer Fund or to the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.