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Collins Lewis Houseknecht, Jr.

September 14, 1933 ~ May 5, 2018 (age 84)


Collins Lewis Houseknecht, Jr., 84, of Princeton, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Transcendent Healthcare in Owensville. He was born September 14, 1933 in Dauphin, PA to the late Collins Lewis Houseknecht, Sr. and Laura Ella (Neumeyer) Houseknecht and he graduated from Sullivan County High School in Pennsylvania. He served his country in the U. S. Navy for 4 years in Pensacola, FL and then retired from the Naval Reserves after 40 years of service. He had lived in the Princeton area since the early 1990’s coming from Wilkes-Barre, PA and formerly of Montoursville, PA. He retired after 37 years from Bridon American Wire. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Gibson County Antique Machinery Club.

Surviving are three children, Thomas James Houseknecht (Anne) of State College, PA, Janet “Jan” Odessa Peck (John) of Cary, NC and Neal Allan Houseknecht (Nancy) of Pensacola, FL; his companion of 24 years, Barbara Kalanik of Princeton; a sister, Wilma Lively of Fort Worth, TX; 6 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Marian Yonkin.

A service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2541 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202 or at You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at


Donations may be made to:

American Diabetes Assoc
P.O. Box 15829, Arlington VA 22215

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