Michael James Houska
Michael James Houska, 65, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past three years, formerly ofGrafton, ND, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2020 in Cape Coral. He was born February 11, 1955 in Grafton, ND. Mike grew up in Veseleyville, ND where he attended a country schoolhouse and later in Park River. When his family moved to Grafton, he attended school there and graduated in 1973. He spent much of his youth running with his siblings and cousins in Veseleyville.
He was of the Lutheran faith and attended Messiah Lutheran Church in Cape Coral, where he served on the communication board. He worked for the city of Grafton for 40 years as the Street Superintendent and Waste Water Manager. He married Chris Otto on August 20, 1988, and together they raised two boys, with whom he spent an enormous amount of time with and was very proud of. He enjoyed camping, traveling and spending time with his family. Mike retired in 2014 and in 2017 moved to Florida, where he spent three wonderful years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in his younger years and reading, swimming and trying different restaurants following his retirement. He considered his time in Florida a “vacation every day.” He will be remembered for his smile, laughter and his enjoyment of life and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Chris Houska of Cape Coral; loving mother, Millie Houska of Grafton, ND; two children, Edward Jacob Houska of Cape Coral, and James Alexandru Houska of Bismark, ND; four siblings, Shirley Oas of Grand Forks, ND, Wayne Houska (Ellen) of Grand Forks, Debbie Aasand (John) of Grafton, and Mary LaHaise (Tom) of Grafton; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Cy Houska; a brother, Donnie Houska, as well as his in-laws, Edward and Dolores Otto.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Grafton, ND.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.