Tamara “Tammy” Lou Hougen
Tamara “Tammy” Lou Hougen, 55, loving wife, remarkable mother, caring sister, funny and fierce friend, passed away on October 30, 2018, at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital in Waterloo.

Tammy was born on June 24, 1963, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Gene Edward and Kathleen Claire (Franzen) Gorby. She graduated from Central High School in Waterloo in 1981. Tammy was united in marriage to Luther Hougen on January 2, 1987 in Denver. She had been employed at John Deere in Waterloo since 1996.

If you saw Tammy camping and tending to her land, you saw her in her element. She loved being outside. An advocate of exploration, she provided all the tools, crafts, and food needed for her family and friends to connect with nature and each other. She very much loved her pets, “her babies”. She also had a special bond with her husband, and even passed away on the day he asked her to marry him, 32 years ago.

Tammy is survived by her husband, Luther Hougen of Denver; a daughter, Jami (Chris) Hougen Johnson of Chicago, Illinois; a son Cody Hougen of Denver; two grandchildren, Hudson and Kit Hougen; four sisters, Charlotte (Tom) Jeys, Diane Gorby, Kim Gorby, and Nicole Gorby, and a brother, Gene (Shelley) Gorby, all of Waterloo. Tammy is also survived by her father and mother-in-law, Pastor O. Paul and Helen Hougen of Decorah.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gene and Kathleen Gorby; a brother-in-law, Paul Jay Hougen; a sister-in-law, Gloria Ormord; and a niece, Kirsten Ormord.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 5, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Denver. A Memorial visitation will be held on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church and also for one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.

Memorial gifts celebrating Tammy’s compassion for animals are being directed to Cedar Bend Humane Society. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver is assisting the family. 319-984-5379
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