Robert Houck, 76, veteran, professional photographer...

November 05, 2001

Robert Houck, 76, veteran, professional photographer

Robert Houck, a World War II combat veteran and professional photographer, died Friday of cancer at his home in Martinsburg, W.Va. He was 76.

Mr. Houck was known for his diverse interests and adventurous spirit -- he once traveled to California in the 1960s, a family member said, and returned to his home in Catonsville driving a pink Cadillac and wearing a cowboy hat.

"He loved life and all that it offered," said a sister-in-law, Grace Parker-Acker of Huntington, W.Va.

Mr. Houck attended Baltimore County public schools and helped in his father's garage business.

He served in the Navy during World War II, on slow-moving vessels known as LSTs, or landing ship tank. He participated in seven amphibious landings, including on the shores of the Philippines, and later belonged to an LST veterans' group that included some of his wartime friends.

After the war, Mr. Houck worked as a mechanic at his father's garage and later as a salesman for Dyno-Color Graphics in the Baltimore area.

He also worked as a professional photographer, specializing in wedding and construction photos.

"Bob was tall, a big man with a booming voice," said Mrs. Parker-Acker. "He really stood out in a crowd."

Mr. Houck was a member of the American Iris Society and Point Breeze Camera Club. He was fond of playing bridge and maintained a large model railroad garden in the basement of his home.

He retired in 1993 and moved to West Virginia. In later years, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, Lucille, in their motor home throughout the United States and Canada.

Mr. Houck was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Martinsburg.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Luke's. Burial will be private.

In addition to his wife of 34 years, survivors include his sister, Rosemary Stierhoff of Dallas, and many nephews and nieces.

Morris Rosen, 88, owner of grocery store, consultant

Morris Rosen, owner of a Forest Park grocery store and consultant for the food industry, died Saturday of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice of Baltimore in Roland Park. He was 88.

Born and raised in West Baltimore, Mr. Rosen graduated from City College in 1930. Eight years later, he married Rosabelle Hankin, a union that lasted until her death in 1986.

He owned and operated a gourmet grocery, Rosen Bros., on Edgewood Street near Springdale Avenue. He later became an institutional food consultant for Metro and Golden Valley Foods -- a career that spanned 55 years.

Mr. Rosen was past president of Dolfield Democratic Club and was a member of the Masonic order, St. John's Lodge and the Yedz Grotto. Mr. Rosen also was a member of Beth El 500 Club.

Before he became ill, Mr. Rosen was a volunteer at the Baltimore Israeli Bond Drive office and did volunteer work at Sinai Hospital and Northwest Hospital Center.

He lived in Pikesville for about 20 years.

Services will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. Burial will be at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Posner of Pikesville; a son, Isadore Rosen of Rockville; three sisters, Goldie Cohen, Bessie Reznick and Celia Deutsch, all of Baltimore; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

Richard T. Jenkins, 94, employee relations manager

Richard Temple Jenkins, a retired Exxon Corp. employee, died Oct. 28 at Brighton Gardens of Towson. He was 94 and had lived for many years in the Fox Chapel community.

A native of Appomattox County, Va., Mr. Jenkins began work as an oil-burner salesman in the Washington area for what was then Esso Co. After a career that took him to New York, Houston and the Philippines, he retired as Exxon's regional manager for employee relations in its Eastern region.

Mr. Jenkins was a Navy veteran of World War II, a world traveler and a horseman.

Services were Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Isabel Jaeger; a daughter, Temple DeRoche of Towson; a son, Richard H. Jenkins of Sacramento, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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