Kristi L. Houtman, 51, of Brookings, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020, in the loving arms of her husband and surrounded by her loving family, at her home following a vicious battle with cancer. A Celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 29, 2020, at GracePoint Wesleyan Church, in Brookings. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the church. It was Kristi’s request that her life’s remembrance be kept light hearted, by dressing casually for her celebration.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Pink Ladies of Brookings.
Kristi L. Voss was born on June 13, 1969, in Brookings, SD, the daughter of Leroy and Shirley (Cameron) Voss. She attended school in Brookings and graduated from Brookings High School in 1987. Kristi went on to Stewarts School of Hair Styling in Sioux Falls before going to work at the Carousel Salon in Brookings until 1993. She went on to further her education at Nettleton Career College earning her Associates Degree in Business Administration in 1995. She worked for a short time for Dean Gulbranson at the Holiday Inn before going to work at Larson Manufacturing where she met her soul mate and love of her Life. Kristi married Tim Houtman on Nov. 29, 1996, in Brookings, SD. Kristi and Tim welcomed two children, Nicholas and Emily, and Kristi stayed home to raise them for a few years before going back to work. Kristi worked part time for Brookings Municipal Utilities. She also worked for Best Choice Real Estate and Rent In Brookings for 13 years and for Rounds Construction Inc from 2009 until present.
Kristi was a caring, loving, and patient wife and mother, who would spend hours talking to her children about anything and everything. Kristi enjoyed camping with family and friends, spending time on the pontoon, fishing and swimming and being around her family and friends. She was kind, forgiving and accepting of others, and would always bring out the best in those around her. Throughout her battle with cancer for the last five years, she was always a positive, uplifting and caring person, who was an inspiration to everyone around her. Kristi was a beautiful person, both inside and out!
Those left to carry on Kristi’s legacy are her husband, Tim Houtman, of Brookings; her children, Nicholas and Emily Houtman, both of Brookings; step children, Michael (Jill) of Brookings, Patrick (Dottie) of Sioux Falls, and Lucas (Jessica), Brookings; grandchildren Adriyanna, Autumn, Jordin, Ashlin, Eleanor, Atlas and Harrison; mother, Shirley Voss, of Brookings, two brothers, Todd Voss and Jason Voss, of Brookings as well as her nieces, nephews and a host of relatives.
She was preceded in death by her father, Leroy D. Voss, her sister in infancy, and her grandparents, Art and Esther Voss and Mike and Maxine Cameron.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.