2011-06-09 / Front Page

Mowing Accident Claims Local Man

Mower rolls into creekbed
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Larry Houck Larry Houck Northern Fulton County suffered a loss over the weekend when one of its own was claimed in a lawn mower accident.

Larry Dean Houck, of New Grenada, was mowing grass on a riding lawn mower along his Hoover Road property Saturday afternoon when he drove too close to the edge of an embankment. Houck and the mower both rolled down the hill at 1:30 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Joseph Horton reported.

Houck, 69, became pinned beneath the equipment in the water and was unable to free himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:30 p.m. by Fulton County Coroner Berley Souders, who listed the cause of death as drowning, with the underlying reason linked to the mower accident.

Always known to have a smile on his face, Houck was a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Joann; three daughters: Melinda Stevens, Michele Senft and Lori Rupert; and eight grandchildren.

An avid outdoorsman, Houck enjoyed spending time hunting, working on varoius outdoor projects and tending to the family’s Belgian horses.

His obituary can be found on page B3 of the “News.”

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