John William Houser

Submitted by : Carol Haywood

The Paducah Sun Democrat     Friday    July 17, 1970

ONE MAN KILLED   This vehicle, driven by Mr.Walters, 21, Melber Rt.1, struck John W. Houser, 27, Paducah, Rt. 8, on Lone Oak Road Thursday night while Houser was pushing his sister's stalled car off the heavily-traveled highway. Houser died about 30 minutes after the 8:45 p.m. accident. No charges have been placed against Walters by state police who investigated the accident.


A 27 year-old McCracken County man, who was helping push his sister's stalled car into a driveway from Lone Oak Road, died Thursday night after being struck by another vehicle.

John William Houser, Paducah, Rt.8, was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m. at Western Baptist Hospital after being struck about 8:45 p.m. by a northbound car driven by Walters, 21, Melber Rt. 1.

According to State Trooper Creston Rudolph, Houser was at the left rear of the car driven by his sister,of South Friendship Road, when he was struck.

The car, which was extended about six feet from the curb into the right lane, was being pushed into the driveway of a house at, 2410 Lone Oak Road. Warren was at the right rear portion of the car at the time of the accident, the trooper said.

His sister was traveling north on the road when her car developed trouble and she called her brother to help her push the car off the heavily traveled highway, the trooper said.

Witnesses at the accident scene Thursday night said the two men had exchanged places only moments before Houser was struck by the Walters vehicle.

Houser apparently was caught between the two vehicles with the Walters vehicle receiving damage to the right side, including the glass in the right front door being shattered, Rudolph said.

The trooper said two young girls who live near Mrs. Grimm were riding with her when the car stalled but were out of the car at the time of the accident. Mrs. Grimm was inside the car steering it into the driveway.

The trooper said no charges have beeen placed against Walters at this time and Coroner John Barker said today no inquest has been set.

Rudolph said Walter told him he did not see Houser until he was almost upon him, adding that he was traveling about 50 miles per hour at the time of the accident.

Houser, a Paducah postal clerk, was born in Memphis, but had lived most of his life here. He was a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church.

He had served in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier, the USS Wasp.

Survivors include his parents of, Paducah, Rt. 8, Schmidt Road; three brothers, one of Bloomington, Ill., and two of Lone Oak; a sister of Lone Oak; his grandmother,  of Paducah, a niece and four nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled Sunday at 3 p.m. at Roth Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Isaac McDonald officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Kenton Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday morning.