January 13, 1943 - December 18, 2017
Dwight Joseph Houttekier, 74, of rural Morenci, died Monday morning, December 18, 2017, at his home, while under the care of Hospice of Lenawee. Born January 13, 1943, in Adrian, he was the son of the late George and Shirley (Bailey) Houttekier.
Dwight grew up in the Clayon area where he attended grade school. An auto mechanic, he owned and operated the former Fayette Auto Repair on Fulton Street in Fayette for over 30 years. He also drove school bus for Morenci Area Schools for ten years and spent many summers at various area community festivals and events selling food and drink from his retail food wagon.
In his spare time, Dwight loved to fish at Hudson Lake and took great pride in tending to his garden. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and enjoyed his many pet companions through the years.
Dwight married Patricia (Wollter) Wagner 36 years ago on July 26, 1981, at the First Congregational Church of Morenci. She survives. Also surviving are step-children, Michael (Maria) Wagner and Diane (Carmen) Molitierno; his children, Tim (Vickie) Houttekier, Denise (Jason) Fain, Michelle Jones, Michael (Jennifer) Houttekier, and Nicole (Doug) Smoke; a sister, Hilda (Gerald) Cool; brother, Morris Houttekier; 18 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Pam Ghering; a grandson, Richard Paul Jones; a brother, Paul Houttekier; and a son-in-law, Jeff Jones.
A memorial service for Dwight will be held on Friday, December 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Morenci with Pastor Gregg Morrison officiating. A luncheon and fellowship with the family will immediately follow. Burial will take place at a later date in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.
Arrangements are being handled by the Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci.
Memorial contributions in honor of Dwight can be designated to the First Congregational Church of Morenci or Hospice of Lenawee.