William G. Houston

  • Born: August 21, 1956
  • Died: May 1, 2019
  • Location: Green Township, Ohio

Meyer Funeral Home

5864 Bridgetown Road
Cincinnati, OH 45248

Tel. (513) 921-0117

Tribute & Message From The Family

HOUSTON, William G. Beloved husband of Veronica 'Ronnie' Houston (Nee Zieverink). Loving father of William B. (Catherine) Houston, Teresa (Maria) Houston, Anthony Paduano and Gina Gilfilen. Devoted grandfather of Cole, Sophia, Charlotte, Chloe, Autumn and Luciana. Cherished son of Jean C. Houston (Nee Gallagher) and the late William H. Houston. Dear brother of Denise (Kevin) Ryan, Steve Houston and Gina (Michael) Johnson. Also survived by his nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 62 years of age. Visitation on WEDNESDAY at MEYER FUNERAL HOME, 5864 Bridgetown Rd., from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial on THURSDAY at Our Lady of the Visitation, 3172 South Rd., at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ALS Association Central and Southern Ohio Chapter, 1170 Old Henderson Rd. Suite 221, Columbus, OH 43220 in Jean Houston's name.

William Gregory Houston passed away the evening of Wednesday May 1, 2019. Bill is survived by his wife Veronica, his mother Jean, his children William, Teresa, Tony and Gina, his siblings Denise, Steve and Gina, six grandchildren and countless brothers and sisters in the Cincinnati Fire Department and the fire community at large.

Bill was born to William and Jean Houston on August 21st, 1956. As a young child, Bill had a strong work ethic instilled in him by his father, and a genuine kindness by his mother. Two traits readily apparent to all who knew him.

In 1991, Bill married Ronnie, joining their lives and four children together as one family. Bill loved Ronnie with all his heart, and they supported and loved each other through life's adventures for the past 28 years. Bill dedicated himself to his family as he dedicated himself to all things he did. It was worth doing. And it was worth doing right.

After college, Bill began his work as an educator, book-ending a career characterized by his desire to serve others. Bill's career began at St. Joseph's Orphanage and culminated as an English Teacher at his alma mater Roger Bacon High School. Bill's desire to serve continued, and in 1997 he joined the Cincinnati Fire Department, where he would spend the next 21 years of his career, finally retiring in September of 2018. He developed some amazing friendships and forged bonds that would last a lifetime during his career. The outpouring of support from friends, co-workers and perfect strangers over the past few days are a testament to his character, and we are eternally grateful for the kindness. Bill's life and career was about helping people who need help. Even in death his organ donations will help 40 people around the country.

Bill was a husband, son, father, civil servant, educator and historian. The world was made a better place the 62 years he walked it's face and touched those around him. Bill's legacy is in the kindness he showed each and every person he met, and the children and grandchildren on whom he made an indelible impression. If there is one thing to gain from this terrible tragedy, it's to be kind to one another. Bill would have been proud to know he had played a part in helping those around him one last time.

To look into Bill's eyes was to know how much he cared about you. There was a genuine kindness there I've seen few other places, and as his son something I will miss deeply. Dad, we miss you terribly, but will see you soon.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I ran with Bill back in High School. He was several years older and certainly one of the people I looked up to. Our lives took us different directions to which never crosses but once or twice. I cannot say enough about how good a person he and his family was to me back in the day. I sadly wish I would have looked him up.

Posted by Michael Boehm - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   December 28, 2019

I met Bill in 1999 as I moved to the Westside from the Eastside. We met at Paramount fitness and shared many of conversations about family and life. I am almost 20 years his junior and looked up to Bill as almost an older brother or even a father-like figure. I just found out this terrible news today. One of the best souls I have ever been blessed to have met in life. Words cannot define the void goodness will experience in this world with your absence. No doubt you are forever with God. I am forever grateful of your friendship and shared wisdom. Love you my friend and I will see you again; just not yet. May God hold your family - Psalms 23.

Posted by Anthony Evans - Cincinnati, OH   July 28, 2019

I am so very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Mom and I will miss him. God bless

Posted by Carolmarie and Mary Stock - Friend   May 14, 2019

Vivat Jesu!

Posted by Stephen Robertson - Silver Spring, MD - Acquaintance   May 12, 2019

Ronnie. You know you along with all the Zieverink and Houston families are in our prayers at the 469. Bill will be missed by our entire family.

Posted by Dan Boller - Cinti, OH - Family Friend   May 07, 2019

Bill was an outstanding person. So sorry to hear this terrible misfortune.
Prayers to all in the family!

Posted by Addie Burgasser-Timerding - Lawrenceburg, IN - Friend   May 07, 2019

The world has lost one of the truly great ones. Words cannot express our heartbreak for you and your family, Ronnie. Holding you close at this time.
Denny and Kim

Posted by Kim Ficker - Cincinnati, OH   May 07, 2019

We are so very sorry for this sad news. Keeping all in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Kathy & Mark Haberer - Loveland, OH   May 06, 2019

I knew and dated Bill when we were in our 20's back in the 80's, in the New Jerusalem community. I will always remember his integrity, compassion, and humor. May you rest at peace and at home Bill, in the arms of our loving God.

Posted by Kathleen aka KK (Kennedy) Cianca - Dublin, OH - Friend   May 05, 2019

You made the world a better place brother. Always a kind word in the morning with shift change, even when I would accidently wake you up in morning to get ready. You will be missed.

Rest in Peace Brother

Posted by Michael Carlisle - Coworker   May 04, 2019

Bill was so good to my husband, Robert Read, who was very isolated dues to years of cancer. He would come and visit when he was nearby. Both my late husband and I thought the world of him. Emilia

Posted by Emilia Read - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   May 04, 2019

Bill. Cheryl and I will miss you. Knowing you was our pleasure. Rest easy.

Posted by Thomas D'arcangelo - Central Islip, NY - Friend   May 04, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the family. Bill and I were good friends and fellow collectors. He was a great man. I will miss him dearly!!

Posted by Jeffrey Rathburn - Punta Gorda, FL - Friend   May 03, 2019

I have very fond memories of Bill, from when he used to visit our house in Antioch. Thinking of his family at this very difficult time.

Posted by Louise Barlow - LOS Angeles, CA - Family   May 03, 2019

Words fail us at this time. So very sorry to hear about Bill. Please know we send our prayers and love.
Shorty and Ken

Posted by shorty kramer - cincinnati, OH - Family   May 03, 2019

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