As Executive Director of a Boys & Girls Club, I can only hope that we help ‘raise’ our kids to be as loving, caring, and funny as your Gary. I am so very sorry for your loss..
Happy Birthday my friend!! Miss you!!
What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for dedicating the foundation to children’s futures…
I do not know Gary, but I can only imagine the pain for the family. My hope is that in his memory, many lives will be changed.
Wow, can’t believe it has been 6 years. Miss you!
In memory of Gary, who I never met, and in memory of my son, Jeremy, who took his life at the age of 29 – many common threads – young men who created an impact on many others – young men who will live on in our memories – young men who are loved, cherished and missed by so many
Happy 35th!! Miss you my friend!
I am grateful to you for being able to help 21 at risk youth, Gary’s memory will live on in my program
Traits of effervescence and energy that are passed on to kids, and thereby their parents
Happy 34th in heaven. You are missed everyday!!
I was just referred to your website. You have a wonderful vision for helping children. As one who works with young people on a regular basis, it’s refreshing to know that your organization exists as a partner for those of us wanting what’s best for children. Thanks for what you do.
What wonderful memories for a family to have. Some of us just live a lifetime faster than other.
the memories we all have….will always keep us smilin’….shine down on your annual “run on the roof” today & tomorrow as your family and friends help the Kids Trust and your legacy live on…. continue to touch all our lives and help bring our families a little closer through the memories that we’ll re-live this weekend…
for your memory, and for the “Kids”….
…and now you’re 33!
Happy Birthday my friend.
There are no words to capture what I feel after viewing this memorial slideshow.
The slideshow was amazing! Thank you for sharing all the memories with us.
I dated Gary in college. He was a beautiful person inside and out; fun, introspective, romantic and silly. It breaks my heart that such awesome person has passed. However, he will always be a fond, wonderful memory to me. This site is just lovely. Good luck.
My heart breaks for the loss of such a unique, loving and gentle soul to the world, and especially to his family and friends. I only wish he could have been spared the pain that made him take his own life, but I know there will be a special place in heaven for him, and you’ll see him again one day, smiling, happy and no longer tortured by memories that haunt him. Thank you for sharing his legacy with us, and for the foundation that continues his mission.
i knew gary from high school we graduated togeather and i also work with kids in a fall youth bowling i miss gary and i know he will be missed for everything he did for kids i will never forget gary he was a friend i will never forget god bless gary may he rest in peace
I received permission From Gary Sr. to dedicate one of my triathlon events and raise funds to support The Kids Trust. I’ll be racing in the Catfish Triathlon next month in memory of Gary Jr. and to help promote his legacy. Wish me luck!
David J. Brand
I watched this whole memorial Gary created so brilliantly! I also listened to every word of every song, which was also very well thought out. It’s obvious Gary was one very special human being…brilliant…amazing…high-spirited…talented…pop ular…a broken spirit…what a shame…what a loss. My prayer for Gary is that he is resting in peace after creating such a legacacy. And by the way Gary, after viewing this memorial…”I want you to know who I am”…I got a very nice idea and I know who you “are.” Amazing!
I knew Gary from the adult soccer leagues in Harrisburg. My father committed suicide 9 years ago. No one can completely understand until they go through it themselves. My best wishes to the family and want to commend them in their openess and honesty regarding his life and death. I know how difficult it is to deal with the aftermath of a loved one’s suicide. By your actions in developing “The Kids Trust” foundation, his memory and spirit will carry on and hopefully help others. Good luck and my thoughts will be with you.
This donation is made ti The Kids Trust Fund as a Memorial to Gary L. Houck Jr. in special recognition for all that Gary did for TKT and all that Gary stood for with this most worthy cause. May this most noble cause be a lasting legacy to Gary and all the kids lives that he has touched and to whom he has made a difference.
To the Houck Family –
It was a pleasure to escort you in the police motorcade to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway recently. I’m very touched by this website. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers. If you every need anything while your in Indy please look me up. Many blessings! Tina
You are doing wonderful things for our children. As a non-profit organization ourselves serving sexually and physically abused children in one of the most underserved parts of the nation (the blackbelt region of Alabma) we would kindly request notification when your next grant application cycle begins. In the meantime, for the betterment of children’s lives, I remain,
Jessica Hope, Exec. Director for Central Alabama Regional Child Advocacy Center
Gary & Patti,
Our prayers are with you.
Luke & Carolyn
I have followed your trials and challenges thru the years. What a beautiful tribute.. Miss Stewart ’66
May Jesus have forgiven him, and God Accepted him. God Bless
Have lived here at the end of Houck’s Road & Locust Lane since 1946/47, what a way to find out. May God guide and Jesus hold you that are left > it’s hard as I have lived of a complex family and life. Through my sickness to this point, I am back in the same house, now 62 through the grace of God.
Strength to you all !!!!!!
I met Gary the winter of 2004/2005 at Sports City. I will never forget his skill, enthusiam, and unselfishness. His laughter and enjoyment of soccer were contagious. Those of us who met him briefly will always remember the excitment he brought to the game and our lives.
I played soccer with Gary at Sports City and I will never forget the way he played the game. The intensity he demonstrated while still having fun was something I’ll always remember. And to Gary, someday we’ll get the Sky Boxes in at Sports City!!!
I was at the event today marking the one year since Gary left the earth. I graciously accepted a grant for Catholic Charities Family Outreach so that we may do the work that Gary set out to do. I believe he is smiling from above knowing that you all have continued what he set out to accomplish. May God Bless your organization with a prosperous future.
Kris Steinour, M.S., N.C.C.
This is a wonderful tribute. I did not know Gary, however, he has helped others and as such has left a legacy of improving the lives of others now and into the future. Thank you from the Mental Health Association of the Capital Region for helping us help others.
Gary was an amazing friend and brought such positive energy to all around him, especially the soccer field. He will always be missed.
I was totally moved by this memorial. Thank you for sharing the memories. God Bless your family.
Great slide show,makes you feel you know Gary a little better,Thanks for the link,will continue to visit it from time to time
Happy Birthday my friend. You are thought of often and missed greatly!
I never got to meet Gary, but I heard wonderful things about him. By looking at his pictures I notice how happy he looked to others and hiding the pain inside. I can relate to that pain… hug and love your family & friends. Life is to short and you never know what could happen tomorow….
Just wanted to let everyone know that my brother is the one who made the slideshow… there seems to be some misunderstanding of who did it and my brother is the one who should get the credit for his masterpiece 🙂
May you all find peace in carrying on Gary’s wishes and I wish you the best with The Kids Trust. The website and slideshow are amazing – truly a labor of love. I look forward to seeing you all again!
Excellent website and very moving memorial slide show about a very special person with a very special purpose. Although I did not know Gary Jr personally, I can assume from the site that he was committed to the cause of helping children grow up in a healthy environment. I wish you great success.
Dear Gary, I just finished watching and listening to your memorial slideshow of Gary, Jr. It is so beautiful and touching. The Kids Trust is a wonderful way to help others and to keep the memory of Gary alive. My blessings and love to you and your family.
Jane (Mrs. Bruce E. Garner)
I never had the honor of meeting Gary Jr. Through the memorial slideshow as well as the website I was able to share Gary Jr.’s love. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thank you JR for being here. Thank you for touching my life for eternity. We all loved you like a brother! Thank you Kara, Gary, and Patti for putting this together in such a wonderful way.
may the Lord grant you peace
Gary’s death has touched us in a very personal and heartfelt way.
Gary’s life was like a comet, brilliant, beautiful and oh so brief.
Love ya like a Son, Brother, and Friend.
Gary, Patti and Kara,
You have done a wonderful job with this site. I just want you to know that I miss Gary and I think him and all of you often. I am blessed to have spent the time that I did with him. He was full of life and I enjoyed his wit and humor…wonder where he got that from!
Gary & Kara ~ Although I only had the opportunity to know Gary Jr. for short time, I knew he was a special person. I was very moved by your memorial and feel like I got to know him better through this remembrance. May your entire family find peace through these beautiful memories, The Kids Trust, and through Gary’s everlasting spirit.
The slideshow was absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful way to celebrate Gary Jr’s life. Thank you for sharing his life. We always loved Gary Jr., especially how respectful he was. You all should be very proud! We hold your family dear to our hearts.
Kara, the website is amazing. It truly reflects how special Gary is and will always be..lets make TKT as successful as he was!
To have witnessed just some of the impact Gary had on so many has been enriching. I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to know him.
His legacy will live on through so many that are helped through TKT.
God Bless You,
Bink, brother would be proud, keep up the good work.
What an great way to memorilize Gary Jr. Though no website, pictures, or words can capture his magical presence and sagacious personality, this website has surely started making a difference to children with difficult experiences. Keep up the AMAZING work done thus far.
Bink! Gary Jr. would be proud with your efforts. This is a great site!
Bink- The website looks great!!! I am glad that it is up and running. If you need anything let me know!!!
Together, we will bring awareness to child abuse that occurs unheard of..Gary created a vision for us to start with. Lets Roll with it! Love you Kara, Patti, Gary and Gary..
Kara, you and your family are amazing. You are doing a great job with the kids trust. I love you and miss you! Give your parents my love.
I never had the pleasure of knowing Gary J., but I have been privileged enough to know his father. Judging from Gary Sr.’s personality, I am sure Gary Jr. was an outstanding human being. My best wishes to his family.
i love you brother <3