Harold E. Husby, 85, died Saturday morning, Dec. 22, 2012, at the United Living Community in Brookings after a brief illness resulting from a stroke.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sinai Lutheran Church. Burial is in the West Sinai Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Eidsness Funeral Chapel in Volga.
Harold Eugene Husby was born March 1, 1927, at the family farm home in rural Volga, the second of 10 children born to Hans and Edith (Dybdahl) Husby. Harold attended Oslo District 95 country school through eighth grade and graduated from Sinai High School in 1945.
Harold was a farmer until his retirement, but he also attended auctioneering school in Mason City, Iowa. He married Avis Hillestad on Sept. 26, 1948, at Sinai Lutheran Church in Sinai. They farmed and raised their four children on the same family farm where Harold was born.
Harold was a member of Sinai Lutheran Church throughout his lifetime, where he served as deacon, trustee, and Sunday school teacher. He also attended Luther League, Brotherhood, and other church organizations. He and Avis shared a faith that kept them active in church activities throughout their lives.
During high school, Harold participated in many activities while also working on the family farm.
He was very active in 4-H, participating with various projects at the local level, but he also represented the state of South Dakota at the national 4-H Congress in Chicago, where he placed third nationally in livestock judging. As an adult, he continued his involvement in 4-H as leader of the County Liners and coach of their softball team for many years.
Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie (David) Kiesow of Sioux Falls; three sons, Lynn (Carol) Husby of Sioux Falls, Darwin Husby of Volga and Allan (Linda) Husby of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mavis Quam of Arlington, Evelyn (George) Casper of Clara City, Minn., Donna Lange of Sioux Falls and Joyce Arndt of Coon Rapids, Minn.; and two brothers: Jewel (Mylis) Husby of Sioux Falls, and Clair Husby (Edel) of Arlington. He was preceded in death by his wife, Avis; a sister, Lorraine Matson; a brother, Roger Husby; an infant sister, Alice and a daughter-in-law, Barb Husby.