Funeral services for Laurel Houchin, 90, of Kennebec, SD were held on November 8, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Kennebec with burial in the Kennebec City Cemetery. Laurel Willis Houchin was born January 4, 1926 to Willis A. and Hazel (Coulter) Houchin. Laurel was born on a farm north of Kennebec as the youngest of five children. He was raised in Kennebec and graduated from Kennebec High School in 1944. Laurel enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945, spending two years on the U.S.S. Cabot before coming home to marry Geraldine (Mahrt) Marlow on April 16, 1947. Laurel and Gerry raised five children: Sandra, Carol, Barbara, Ken, and Deanna. They worked in various industries before opening Gerry’s Cafe’ in 1955. They continued to build their business which branched out to include a motel and farming. The restaurant and motel were sold in 1988. Laurel and Gerry began enjoying their retirement traveling to their special place in Texas even though he continued to follow his passion of farming. Laurel’s many hobbies included hunting, flying his plane, golfing, playing cards, and beating his friends in a game of pool. Laurel passed away on November 4, 2016 at Sanford Medical Center in Chamberlain at the age of 90 years. Gratefully sharing his life are his wife of 69 years Geraldine; children Sandra (Don) Manger of Kennebec, Carol (Michael) Griffin of Coeur d’Alene, ID, Barbara Abrahamson of Roscoe, IL, Ken (Loretta) Houchin of Yorba Linda, CA, and Deanna (Steve) Resick of Kimball, SD; 44 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, his siblings, sister in law, Gerry’s siblings, nieces and nephews.