Raliegh Dwaine Houk
June 18, 1963 - December 9, 2015
Raliegh was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Merle and Dorothy Houk. When he was a small child his family moved from Scottsbulff to Springfield, Oregon which is where he spent most of his childhood growing up. Raliegh was a blonde hair blue eyed little boy who grew up with a sense of adventure. He loved spending time during his childhood summers floating down the river with his friends or making forts in the blackberry bushes that grew in the field across the street from his childhood home. Raliegh’s adventurous nature as a child developed into his love of hitchhiking and hopping freight trains as an adult. He would hitchhike up and down the I-5 corridor or hop a train and go wherever it took him.
Raliegh was an admitted “mama’s boy” as he had a special bond with her. They were able to nurture that bond while they traveled multiple times on the Amtrak train to destinations in the mid-west. They enjoyed watching the scenery and visiting as only a mother and son can. Raliegh was from a large family and was considered a “middle” child, with three older siblings and three younger siblings.
Raliegh enjoyed helping in the kitchen and developed a love for dessert making, especially cheesecakes. He was always game to try a new cheesecake recipe, the richer the recipe, the better. He also enjoyed cabbage burgers, sticky buns, oatmeal cake, cherry dope and peanut butter pie (not all at once), but thoroughly relished the taste and texture of each of his favorites.
Raliegh enjoyed taking photographs on his many adventures. He especially enjoyed taking unique photos at various locations in Portland, Oregon, along the Oregon Coast and most recently of sites around the Washington, DC area as he had been living in Alexandria, Virginia for the past year and a half. He enjoyed seeing and photographing all of the monuments and other historical locations in the area.
When Raliegh was a young adult he married Rose Stinnitt and became a stepfather to Justin and Eric Stinnitt. Although Raliegh and Rose divorced he remained in contact Rose and the boys, and built a keen interest in tattoo artistry with his stepson Justin. Raliegh and Justin created some personalized tattoos, and Justin was the tattoo artist who brought those designs to life for Raliegh. Raliegh was very proud of all of his tattoos, but especially of the ones that Justin inked. Raliegh and Eric had fishing in common and enjoyed spending their time together off on their fishing adventures.
For the past 12 years he and his girlfriend, Linda Mills enjoyed all of the love and challenges found in long-term relationships. They enjoyed spending time together and camping regardless of the weather or time of year.
Raliegh’s adventurous spirit lead him to live by the motto “Git-R-Done.” In the wee hours of December 9, 2015, Raliegh “got-it-done” one last time as he hopped his last freight train to heaven and will forever be with his precious mother.
Raliegh was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his girlfriend Linda Mills, and siblings Edwina, Caye, Doug, Heidi, Elaine and Steve as well as several nieces and nephews.