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Roy A Housman

09/20/1945 - 06/08/2024


Obituary For Roy A Housman

Roy Arthur Housman, born September 20, 1945, at Station Hospital, Ft. McPhearson, Fulton Co., Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on June 8, 2024. Roy lived a life rich with dedication to his family, community, and country.

Roy's early years were spent in Doraville, Georgia, until his father was discharged from the Army, and the family returned to their roots in Huron, South Dakota. Growing up in Huron, Roy was an active member of the scouting community, progressing through Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explorer Scouts. He earned his keep through various jobs, including newspaper delivery, grocery carryout, carpentry, and grounds maintenance at the South Dakota State Fair.

Roy attended Huron Public Schools, graduating in 1963. While still in high school, he joined the South Dakota National Guard. After graduation, he completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry, 5th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado. Upon his separation from active duty, Roy moved to Brookings, South Dakota.

Roy pursued higher education at South Dakota State University, majoring in Range Land Ecosystem Management in the College of Agriculture, graduating in 1968. After graduation, he moved to Madison, South Dakota, to be near his fiancée until she graduated from college.

Roy married Sharon at Sun Prairie Baptist Church in rural McCook County, South Dakota. The couple moved to Eagle, Idaho, where Roy worked for the Department of School and Public Lands in Boise. He later worked part-time with the Weiser River Conservation District and the USDA Soil Conservation Service. Accepting a full-time position with the Soil Conservation Service, Roy's career took him to Sparks, Nevada, and then on to various locations including Medicine Bow, Wyoming (living in Hanna), McIntosh, South Dakota, Belle Fourche, South Dakota (living in Spearfish), and Rapid City, South Dakota. Roy retired after an impressive 32 years and 7 months of federal service.

In his retirement, Roy lived in the family home in Meade County, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond; mother, Fannie; brother, Eugene; and sister, Peggy. He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; daughters, Tracie Lynn Crawford (Justin) and Toni Jo Jacobs (Maurice Holmes); and eight grandsons: William Housman, Tristen Jacobs, Austin Crawford, Raiden Crawford, Trevor Jacobs, Connor Crawford, Mason Crawford and Tyler Holmes.

Service arrangements are pending at this time with Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home.

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  • 07/09/2024

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband Sharon. May God give you comfort and peace at this sad time. We're thinking of you. Ken & Carol (Giesler) Sabers

  • 06/16/2024

    Roy and his family and I and my family had an adventurous time with the Sparks Jaycees. We were both very active and our highlights were the Reno Air Show selling Tee-Shirts and hosting parties as rent a Santa's. We also cut a tree down for one of Roy's SCS clients and it twisted coming down and fell between all of our cars and just missing the clients truck, we didn't do anymore tree cutting. Roy also accompanied me on a snow survey, my job in Nevada, enjoying a day of snow mobile's and snow shoes. We had some good times!

  • 06/14/2024


  • 06/11/2024

    Sharon and Traci I'm praying for you and if I can do anything please let me know Darla L. Wolf

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