Reida N. Houtz

ELKHART - Reida N. Houtz, age 79, died August 9, 2020, at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart, KS. She was born April 20, 1941, in Hardesty, OK, the daughter of Paul R. and Emma N. (Ford) Hale. She married Jim Houtz on September 20, 1957, and moved to Elkhart in 1963. Reida received her GED in 1973 through Seward County Community College. She was the Bakery Manager for 10 years at Ideal Foods Grocery Store.

Reida is survived by her husband, Jim of their home; sons, Maurice “Moe” Paul Houtz of Elkhart, KS, Brett Alan Houtz of Ozawkie, KS, John Charles Houtz of Elkhart, KS, and Jimmy Dean Houtz also of Elkhart, KS; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Reida is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Gene Hale, Roy Hale, and Toby Hale; and sister, Myrna Witzke.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Memorial contributions may be given to the Morton County Hospital in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950. Condolences may be posted at

Posted online on August 11, 2020