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Oliver Housker, 81

Oliver Housker, 81, died Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND. 

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, February 3, 2012 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN with Pastor Ollie Urdahl officiating.  Burial will be in the Greenbush Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday.

Oliver Edwin Housker was born on November 24, 1930 to Edward R. and Olga P. (Gulbranson) Housker in Greenbush, MN.  He attended school in Greenbush.  Before the military he worked for many farmers in the Greenbush area.  He also worked at turkey farms in the Holt, MN area. 

Oliver was united in marriage to Darlene Jean Barclay on June 3, 1972 in Warroad, MN.   

Oliver served his country in the US Army from 1948 to 1949.  He did boot camp at Fort Knox, KY and was stationed in Korea.  When he returned home from the service he went home to Greenbush.  He worked second shift at Polaris in Roseau for many years.  He bartended in numerous establishments in Warroad and Roseau.  In his last few working years, he worked for Odelle Olafson Farms near Roseau.  He moved to St. Hilaire in the early 2000’s.  He lived at the Riverside Terrace in Thief River Falls where he enjoyed visiting with the residents and coffee time.  He most recently has lived at the Thief River Care Center for the past five years.

Oliver enjoyed playing pinochle, whist, and smear.  He loved to visit with people.  Collecting toy tractors was also a hobby.  He also liked playing BINGO at the Care Center.  He liked helping his daughter and son in law with their lawn work.  His grandchildren and great grandchildren were the apples of his eye.  When he lived at the high rise he enjoyed riding his scooter around town. 

He is survived by one daughter Elizabeth (Larry) Sourdif, St. Hilaire, MN, one son Dennis Barclay, Viking, MN,  daughter Lois Barclay, Little Falls, MN, step son Robert (fiancée Julie Olson) Okerlund, Warroad, MN, eight grandchildren:  Angela (Ramiro Mireles) Thompson, Thief River Falls, MN, Krystal (fiancée Cory Cardinal) Sourdif, St. Hilaire, MN, Denise (Tom Jacobson) Sourdif, Thief River Falls, MN, Kari Thompson, St. Cloud, MN, Summer Dawn Barclay, Thief River Falls, MN, Jericho Reno, Little Falls, MN, Tesa Reno, Little Falls, MN, Joshua Reno, Little Falls, MN, eight great grandchildren and one on the way, one brother Gary Housker, Thief River Falls, MN, four sisters in law and one brother in law, and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Darlene, brother Ordean, Tilford, and Robert Housker, sister Adeline Housker, nephew James Housker, and his parents. 

Family condolences may be sent to

ORGANIST:   Ida Nordvall

RECORDED SELECTIONS:  On Eagles Wings, Long Black Train by Josh Turner

CONGREGATIONAL HYMNS:  In The Garden, Amazing Grace

CASKETBEARERS:  Roger Foldoe, Ramiro Mireles, John Lubitz, Sharon Lane Eckert, Mike Bradshaw, Larry Sourdif

HONORARY CASKETBEARERS:  His Grandchildren and his great grandchildren

MILITARY HONORS:  Brandon Foldoe (friend of family) 218-766-0509, Thief River Falls American Legion and VFW Posts, Minnesota National Guard Honor Guard 

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