302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Evan Kenny Houseman

Evan Kenny Houseman, our beloved husband and father, left us on January 12, 2021 at the age of 86, with his devoted wife, Ann Lord Houseman and his loving daughters, Adrienne Houseman Kalbacher, Jeannette Houseman Roberts and Yvonne Houseman Studer at his bedside.

Evan was born in Hawaii in 1934 at Schofield Barracks where his father was stationed with the United States Army. At the age of twelve, Evan lived in Kyoto with his family during the occupation of Japan.

Evan graduated from Episcopal High School in Virginia and earned his BChE Chemical Engineering from Yale University, a MS in Chemistry from the University of Delaware, and an MBA in Business Management from Drexel University. He retired from the DuPont Company in 1993 after 36 ½-year career, which he loved.

Evan and Ann celebrated and enjoyed 60 years of marriage. Evan had learned to fly at Yale, and during their courtship, Evan flew with the Civil Air Patrol. Ann will always remember their memorable flight piloted by Evan over Wilmington, DE when she was visiting from New York. They traveled extensively on family vacations to national parks, Alaska and Bermuda. After retirement, Evan and Ann visited many European countries and China, Russia, Egypt, South America, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Evan and Ann raised their family in Liftwood in Wilmington, Delaware. They moved to Cokesbury Village in 2003. They enjoyed many evenings at the Opera, Symphony and Delaware Theatre Company. Evan served as President of the Liftwood Civic Association and Treasurer of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. He volunteered for Opera Delaware and computerized some early fundraising efforts for the company, as well as performed in supernumerary roles in Tosca and Aida. He also served for many years as an election official, inspector and observer for Delaware elections.

In addition to his wife and daughters, Evan is survived by his sons-in-law Karl Kalbacher and grandchildren Marguerite and Evan Kalbacher, Jon Roberts and grandchildren Meredith and Chase Roberts, Derek Studer and grandchildren Hadley and Bennett Studer, and sister Jane Houseman Beckwith. He was predeceased by his parents, Major General Evan McLaren Houseman and Amy Beatrice Kenny; his maternal father and mother-in-law, Colonel Noah Lord and Florence Marguerite Coyle; and brother-in-law, Charles Edward Lord.

Memorials in memory of Evan may be sent to a charity of your choice.

The family wants to thank the multiple staff members of Cokesbury Village, Christiana Hospital and Seasons Hospice for their kindness and loving care of Evan and our family, and so many friends who helped us through this journey.

Funeral Services

Evan’s ashes will be scattered in the Memory Garden of the Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in a private graveside ceremony, date to be determined.


    The Broll Family lit a candle and writes,
    Our deepest condolences. Will remember him as the best lifeguard at his pool, a place he let us swim often! Charlie Broll Jr.
    01/14/2021 09:02 am
    Lynn Carter lit a candle and writes,
    I am a witness to a life well lived. To my dearest friends Adrienne and Chuck (Margie and Evan), I KNOW that the amazing number of wonderful memories that you have will far outweigh the deep sorrow you are feeling right now. Mr. Houseman was a amazing man, deserving of the love and respect you have always shown him. My deepest condolences to all of the family! and may you all find peace in the days ahead, especially Mrs. Houseman.
    01/16/2021 01:03 pm
    Judy Filipkowski writes,
    Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. It is a triple hard time to grieve knowing your friends and family cannot gather to show our support and condolences.
    01/17/2021 10:36 am
    Debbie McQuilken writes,
    My condolences to the Houseman family. I was a secretary at DuPont in the late '80's. I didn't worked for Mr. Houseman. I found him to be very intelligent and very focused on his work. However, as time went on, he started sharing about his life, his Japanese background, his mother, and the internment camps. I told him I had a sister-in-law that was 2nd generation Japanese-American. We had interesting discussions, and I learned a lot from him in terms of History.
    01/19/2021 07:05 am

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