Harmon “Lee” Houseknecht, Jr., 91, of Auburndale, Fla., entered his heavenly home and the presence of the Lord, peacefully, on Oct. 1, 2021.
Lee was born at home during a snowstorm, on Dec. 11, 1929, in the city of Batavia. He was the son of the late Harmon Lee Sr. and Louise Elizabeth Wright Houseknecht.
Lee graduated from Batavia High School in 1947. He continued his education at Roberts Wesleyan College with an Associates degree in 1949. He served proudly in the United States Navy for 2 years at Niagara Falls Naval Air Reserve Station; followed by 4 more years of reserve time. Lee also spent time driving back and forth to Buffalo; 2 nights a week for 5 years while attending Buffalo State to obtain his teaching certificate. Lee taught auto mechanics in the BOCES system for a year.
Lee was a lifelong businessman, as a partner in Houseknecht Motors, Inc., along with his father and brother. The business was sold in 1997. He finally retired when he and his wife moved from Batavia, N.Y. to Auburndale, Fla., in 2005.
He was a life long active member of Northgate Free Methodist Church. There he taught Sunday School, sang with the choir, was a trustee for the board and taught sixth grade CYC for 40 years.
Lee is predeceased by his parents, Harmon Lee Sr. and Louise Wright Houseknecht; and a grandson, Steven Lee Houseknecht, jr.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Jean Marie Houseknecht. They were married on Oct. 12, 1973. Along with his wife of 48 years he is survived by children, Steven Lee Houseknecht, Sr. of McKenzie, Tenn., Brenda G. Houseknecht of Flowery Branch, Ga., Pamela (Thomas) Cooper of Ham Lake, Minn., H. Suzanne (Frank) Piccolo of Clermont, Fla., Scott W. (Riza) Houseknecht of Auburndale, Fla., Stephen C (Kathy) Houseknecht of Maysville, Mo., and Suzanne (Kevin) Smith of Batavia, N.Y.; 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles S (Carol) Houseknecht, of Batavia, N.Y.; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements are being completed by Steele Funeral Home, Winter Haven, Fla. Interment will be at the Military Cementary in Bushnell, Fla.