Gary A. Housker, 76


    Karlstad – Gary Allen Housker, 76, of Karlstad, and formerly of Thief River Falls and Greenbush, passed away Tuesday morning, September 5, 2017, at the Karlstad Healthcare Center in Karlstad. Private family graveside services will be held later.
    Gary Allen Housker, the son of the late Edward R. and Olga P. (Gulbranson) Housker, was born on April 23, 1941, at Greenbush. He grew to manhood at Greenbush and attended Greenbush Schools.
    Gary was united in marriage for forty years to Marjorie Ellen Ptacek and to this union were born three children: Raymond, Carrie and Jody. The family resided at Thief River Falls, then moved to Stephen, prior to returning to Thief River Falls.
    Gary loved his eight grandchildren and recently had two great-granddaughters.
    He is survived by his one son: Ray (Katrice) Housker, of Lancaster; two daughters: Carrie Genereux of Thief River Falls and Jody (Kevin Irlbeck) Housker of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren: Hannah, William, Madison, Nakita and Autumn, of Lancaster, Tayler Genereux (Thorstad) and Lindsey Genereux, of Thief River Falls and Hayden Irlbeck, of Atlanta, GA; and two great-granddaughters Brooklyn Lerol and Briella Thorstad; in addition to several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
    Gary was preceded in death by his wife on July 30, 2008, his parents and several brothers and sisters.