Cornelis Jan (Case) Houson, 89, of Nampa, Idaho went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 17th. He passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family.
Case was born to Adriaan and Engeline (Hartman) Huiszoon in Rotterdam the Netherlands. He was the eldest of two siblings, Ans (deceased) de Waard and Tanja (deceased) Kool. In the second grade his eyes fell upon Bep Van Berkel and told his mom that he really like her, especially the big bows in her hair. His father was a teacher and the Head Master at the Christian school they attended. It was not easy for Case because whatever happened in class, his father was made aware of. The Second World War years were very difficult for many people in Holland. Food was scarce and his parents had to make the difficult decision to send 15 year old Case and his 12 year old sister to family friends in the country for 6 months. He shared stories of having to eat tulip bulbs to survive. The war ended in 1945. They attended different high schools but did attend the same church. Case went to the University in Delft and studied for his engineering degree. He then was called into the Dutch Marine Corps. He moved up to the rank of Sergeant and was a member of the National Sharp Shooter Pistol team. During this time, he married his childhood sweetheart in 1952. Since there was no housing available after the war, their grandparents allowed them to rent a few rooms. When their daughter Helene was born, they decided to immigrate to Canada where their son Adrian Jan was born. At that time the United States needed engineers, the family sold everything they owned and traveled by train to Los Angeles. They lived in there where he completed his education at USC to finish his Civil Engineering degree. Our son Michael Jan was born there. After many happy years in California, having made many friends, they moved to Idaho in 1992 to live close to their daughter Helen and husband Brian Cooper. Many trips were made to visit their children and grandchildren in California. When he came to Idaho he worked for the City of Nampa as an Engineer at the Waste Management Department. Having lived many years and enjoying Idaho, family and church family, Case, after declining health, and a paralyzing stroke, the Lord called him into his eternal rest.
Soli Deo Gloria
Case is survived by his wife of 67 years, Bep Houson; Daughter, Helen (Brian) Cooper; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sons, Adrian and Mike Houson and grandson Nathan Cooper.
A celebration of his life will be held at the United Reformed Church of Nampa, 12693 Orchard Ave. Nampa ID on Saturday April 27 at 11:00 AM. Services are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel, 415 12th Ave. So. – 208-442-8171. An online guest book and a complete obituary is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com
Memorials in Case’s name may be sent to: Lifeline Pregnancy Ctr. 1323 12tAve, SO. Nampa, ID 83686 or LOVE INC, 16446 Franklin Ave, Nampa, ID 83687.