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William "Bill" Houston

September 24, 1940 ~ December 9, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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William "Bill" Houston Obituary

On Saturday, December 9, 2023, the world bid farewell to a dedicated worker, a compassionate soul, and a man with a heart as vast as his love for rare and exotic pets. William "Bill" Houston, aged 83, of Indianapolis, passed away, leaving behind a legacy of hard work, laughter, and generosity.

Bill was born in Indianapolis on September 24, 1940, to Alpha and Mary (Cain) Houston. His unparalleled work ethic was evident throughout his life, most notably during his 40-year tenure at the Ford Motor Company. Bill's dedication and commitment were unwavering, setting a standard for those who were fortunate enough to work alongside him.

In his twenties, Bill's journey took an unexpected turn when he purchased a fish tank at a yard sale. Little did he know that this seemingly small acquisition would set him on a path to owning and operating his own pet shop, aptly named the Fish Bowl. A savvy businessman, Bill transformed his shop into a haven for rare and exotic pets, boasting a collection that included a monkey, kangaroo, talking parrots, and even a walking catfish. His business acumen and passion for unique pets made the Fish Bowl a beloved establishment in the community.

Beyond his entrepreneurial spirit, Bill was a man of boundless compassion and generosity. His infectious love for people was evident in his daily interactions at the pet shop, where he enjoyed sharing stories and laughter with customers. Bill never met a stranger, and his talent for telling jokes brought joy to all who crossed his path.

Bill's compassion extended beyond the walls of his pet shop. Known for his big heart, he often took neighborhood kids on various outings, ranging from movie nights to theme park adventures, ensuring they were well-fed along the way. Bill's generosity knew no bounds, and he was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need.

In addition to his business ventures and acts of kindness, Bill found joy in playing chess and relaxing with a cool drink in hand. Family was paramount to him, and he did his best to be a loving and supportive presence in the lives of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Bill is survived by the love of his life, Sherry Baise, with whom he shared 32 years of companionship, his children Carol, Patricia, Kelly, Billy, Korey, and Kiera, as well as his siblings Shirley Ann Terhune, Enrica Joy Rapp, and Linda Kurk. He leaves behind a legacy of love that includes 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, extended family members, and countless friends.

Bill is preceded in passing by his parents, Alpha and Mary Houston.

As we say goodbye to a remarkable man, let us remember the laughter, generosity, and love that defined Bill's life. May his memory live on in the hearts of those who were touched by his kindness and warmth.

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Visitation
Thursday
January 4, 2024

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Fountain Square Cremation & Funeral Services
1420 Prospect Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

Funeral Service
Thursday
January 4, 2024

7:00 PM
Fountain Square Cremation & Funeral Services
1420 Prospect Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

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