O'Rafferty High Senior Class of 1965
Kevin Houser

May 27, 1947 - June 21, 2021

Kevin George Houser, 74, of Eastpointe, died Monday, June 21, 2021 in Lansing. He was born May 27 1947 in Lansing, the son of George and Rachel (Jacob) Houser.

Kevin attended Holy Cross School in Lansing and graduated from Holy Cross Seminary in South Bend, Indiana in 1965. He attended Marquette University and graduated from Western Michigan University.

Kevin worked 28 years for the State of Michigan. He spent most of his career as a child protective services worker in Wayne County and the City of Detroit, retiring in 1997.

He was an avid world traveler who particularly enjoyed trips to Hawaii, California, Ireland and Colorado.

Kevin is survived by his son, Joseph (Heather) Houser, and granddaughters Hannah and Esther, all of Aurora, Colorado; sister Susan (Jeffrey) Ellsworth of Lansing; and niece Sarah (James) Thrubis of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Also surviving are his friend and former wife, Patricia Anger of Washington, MI; and stepchildren Michelle and Bill. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rachel, when he was 11 months old; his father, George in 2007 and his stepmother, Nelcie in 2009.

Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing. A private family graveside service will happen in July. A celebration of Kevin’s life for friends and family will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Kevin has requested that donations be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


Kevin at Detroit Comerica park at Rolling Stones concert - July 2015

Aloha! to all you fellow Holy Cross elementary classmates. I had left there to attend a high school seminary in 9th grade on Notre Dame, Indiana campus, and graduated four years later. I see where a fellow O'Rafferty grad, Dennis Dalton, had graduated with you and he had attended my high school in soph and junior year. Afterwards, I bounced around from Lansing Community College, to Marquette Univ/Milwaukee, and finally got a degree at Western Michigan Univ. I moved from Kalamazoo to east side Detroit suburbs in 1973, and have been here every since, until I won some lottery prize. I worked for State of Michigan, and took that first retirement buyout in 1997. Then I worked parttime at a sporting goods shop, and also at Krogers nightstock; where I was in charge of dog food aisle. Left Kroger year and half ago, when it interfered with a Hawaii planned winter trip.

Son and family live in bright and sunny Colorado, after he graduated from Villanova. So many trails and places to see out there, and parks etc. Picture above of them and two cute grandaughters, at one of many free concerts in Denver area.

I read some of the bios, and great how so many have found the great western part of the country to live in. I'll be here until I win the lotto... if next reunion in five years, and I live in Colorado, you will deduce I won lotto.

Go Irish! Go ACC!!