Michael Irvin Houpt passed away November 6, 2017 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown WV after an extended illness. Michael was born April 13, 1949 the son of Jesse V. and Virginia Long Houpt. He was born and raised in Franklin County, Pa. He resided most of his adult life in the Franklin, WV area. He is survived by Brenda Ann Rhodes Housh (Travis), whom he raised as his own, Mary Ann Vandevender Miller (Jeff), Kathy Vandevender Winter ( Mark Futch- deceased), step grandchildren Nicholas Houpt Rhodes, Aaron Wimer, Nena Wimer, Morgan Wimer Rutan, Tyler Housh, Carter Housh and Ava Housh. Step great-grandchild, Brooks Rutan. 3 beloved pets, a dog Nephur and 2 cats Precious and Speedy. Special friends, Mary J. Rhodes, Geri Neil, Varley and Carolyn Lambert, Judy Hartman, Chuck and Waneta Kipe, Marcette Danner and many more friends too numerous to mention.
Michael worked as Craftsmen for the last forty plus years. Michael made hand-crafted jewelry with silver, gold and copper. He also cut and set stones. His work was widely known and recognized.
Michael was also a musician. He loved to play his banjo and piano. He loved bluegrass, mountain music and hymns. He played for anyone who would listen and especially enjoyed playing in old folks homes.
One of his greatest loves was caving. From an early age he and some local friends explored, opened and mapped caves. He was a member of the NSS, York PA grotto, Mercersburg Spelogical Assn. and honorary member of a few more. His knowledge of caves in WV, VA, PA, and MD is legendary. He attended many Old Timers, MAR events and NSS conventions. His caving friends are essentially his family.
Michael was very well known in all the activities mentioned above. More importantly, he was loved by people from all walks of life and always had time for anyone who needed a hand. It is an honor for this writer to have had Michael as a very close friend.
A remembrance day will be held at a future date.