Christopher Eric Houk, formerly of Niles – Leader Publications


Christopher Eric Houk, 49, of Bradenton, Fla. and formerly of Niles, died suddenly on Tuesday February 15, 2022.

Chris was born in Niles, Michigan on July 2, 1972, where he lived before moving to Orlando, Florida 30 years ago. For the past 29 years, Chris has resided in Bradenton, Florida. Chris graduated from Manatee Community College and worked as Director of Operations for TurfSolv, a leader in the next generation of Turf solutions. Chris had a passion for business development, he truly believed in the product his company was making and it showed. In his spare time, for years, Chris trained endlessly in the martial art of karate. It was clearly his favorite pastime. Chris was a sports enthusiast who also enjoyed playing golf. Chris also enthusiastically followed his favorite teams, the Norte Dame Fighting Irish, Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Chris also followed politics a lot. Chris was a warm man who loved his family as well as his friends.

Chris was the beloved son of Phyllis Okun (husband, Jim) and the late Richard C. Houk; beloved grandson of Richard L. Houk and the late Marjorie Houk; beloved brother of Tricia Rule (husband, Ken), Lindsay Hartig (husband, Ben) and Kimberlee Hankins; he also leaves to mourn several nieces, nephews and many friends.

A Celebration of Life was held on Monday, February 21, 2022 in Bradenton, Florida. A private burial will take place at Silverbrook Cemetery.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services.


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