Philip W. Houghton

philip houghton

October 1, 1919 ~ March 9, 2007

Resided in: Pueblo West, CO

PHILIP W. HOUGHTON Philip passed away March 9, 2007 in Pueblo, Colorado. Survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary, children Donna and Philip Jr. His son Stephen preceded him in death. He was born in 1919 to Brigadier General J.H. and Hazel Houghton at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas. His father was a career military officer in the U.S. Air Force. Phil lived many places. He entered the Air Force in 1953 and became a P-51 fighter pilot serving our country in WWII on Okinawa and occupation of Japan. Leaving the Air Force he accepted the position of Assistant Aerodynamicist at McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis, Missouri. He maintained Air Force Reserve status until becoming a test pilot, both production and experimental. He accepted the position of Chief Production Test Pilot in 1956. He and Mary raised their family in St. Louis County. As family man, he enjoyed spending time in his workshop, working on cars and exploring the American West, packing up the family for camping trips in the mountains. He instilled in his children a great love of the outdoors. In 1991, he and Mary retired to Pueblo West to be closer to the children, all in Colorado. Active his entire life, Phil enjoyed tennis, golfing, skiing, hiking and bicycling. Most of all, he loved flying. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial of your choice. A memorial for Phil is planned for the future in St. Louis. Inurnment at a later date. Online condolences,

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  1. Phil and Family,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I always liked your parents. My father passed away this past October. My Mom and Dad were also married over 50 years. I’m sure your Mom will truly miss him. Please let her know my thoughts and prayers are with your family. Take care of each other.

  2. I have many memories of Mr. Houghton from McDonnell Aircraft Corp. as a Flight Test Inspector I had him as a pilot on many occasions and liked him a lot and enjoyed working with him on numerous flight projects he was a fine person and gentleman and will certainly be missed by those who loved him and also the Aerospace community to which he made great contributions.

  3. My sincerest condolences to your family.
    I had the good fortune of working at McDonnell Aircraft at the same time as Phil. We interfaced many times throughout those great years. I remember Phil as a gentleman always ready to help and give of himself. It was an honor to know Phil.
    Don Timmerberg

  4. Please accept our sincere condelence for the loss of your loved one. As a patriot of this great country I would also thank you for Mr. Houghton’s service to our country. It is because of brave men and women like him that we enjoy freedom and liberty. Mr Houghton was truly a great American and I am sure he will be greatly missed by your family.


    David C. Meadows
    St. Louis, Mo.

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