Rocky Houchen, 55 years old, died Feb. 11, 2018. Rocky had a zeal for life and loved to have fun. He loved riding his Harley with friends on road trips following winding secondary highways and side-roads through rural Montana and Wyoming and even on gravel roads (with Dianna Ferguson). He was a “motorhead” and loved tinkering on cars, his rat-rod project, building pickup box trailers or changing out engines. For years, he built his latest sidecar creation for him and his parent’s motorcycle to ride at Sturgis and to feature at the Toys for Tots run. Rocky was known as the battery guy in the bright orange shirt who installed batteries for his family’s battery business, A#1 Battery, at car lots and for customers. He truly had a knack for getting dead vehicles started and was relied on for this by many.
Rocky had a big heart and was very generous. He loved and cared deeply for his parents, his daughter, Aerial, and other family and friends. At 6′ 5″ he truly was a gentle giant. Aerial has fond memories of Rocky loading up her and 3-4 friends and heading out with a trailer load of dirt bikes to spend the day riding in the south hills. These were the hills where he volunteered for several years at the hill-climb including being a “Catcher” at the top.
Rocky was a member of the Moose Club for 24 years where he and his best friend Darren Rime used to take Aerial to play pool. His rules were that the kids got 3 pool shots to Rocky’s one plus they got all the junk food they wanted!
He’ll be deeply missed. Late in life he made a profession of faith in Jesus and has now passed on to eternal life in heaven with his Savior. He’ll now be united with his Grandmother he adored, Lulu Houchen of Sidney; his “Billings Grandma & Grandpa”, Ed and Lauretta Sund (neighbors) he adopted himself!; his boss, Ralph Nelles, who he thought was a terrific guy; and Jim Post his co-worker. He’ll be welcomed by his buddies, Terry Stekar and George Rogers also, and especially, his 3 month-old grandson and namesake, Rocky.
Survivors include: his daughter, Aerial Watson, Grandson, James Smith; his Dad, Aubrey (Rusty) and Mother Roxie (Billings); his sister Audrey Mendenhall (Scott), and their children Melissa Klein (Joey), Blake, Simonie, and Chloe.
Memories will be shared Saturday, August 18, 2018. This will begin with a poker run starting from 11:00-noon at the Reno Club, 150 Calhoun Lane. Please wear something bright orange, Rocky’s favorite color. Upon return, a reception will be held at the Shrine Auditorium from 4-6 p.m featuring chef Mike Robinson. Rocky wanted his friends on his final ride. Take your favorite Rat-rod, motorcycle, new car, old car or anything that runs!
Rocky always loved kids and especially those that couldn’t have what most of us take for granted. Make any donations to: Road Dogs Toy Run at the Shrine the day of the run or mail to: Road Dogs Toy Run, 1141 Eldora Lane, Billings, MT 59105.