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Donald “Gene” Huseby, 85

By Tribune - Posted on 04 June 2014

 Donald “Gene” Huseby, age 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, May  

19, 2014 at the Prairie Community Hospital/Nursing Home in Terry, MT.

Gene was born, March 18, 1929 in Circle, MT the eldest child of Elvin  

and Mable (Emry) Huseby.  He graduated from Circle High School in  

1947.  After working on the family farm several years, he was called  

to service for the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Korean War, then  

honorably discharged from active service to the Army Reserve in May  

1953.   He returned to the family farm and worked with his cousin,  

Kenneth Youngquist, as a radio and TV repairman.  On June 30, 1957,  

Gene and Marian May Durfey were married at the First Lutheran Church  

in Circle.  From this union of almost 57 years, came 15 children, 26  

grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Gene and Marian lived on their place close to Wolf Point by the  

Missouri River, farming and beekeeping for three years.  In 1965,  

they moved to the Huseby farm.  He worked hard farming and ranching  

until his health made him retire. He worked with horses much of his  

life and had a love of western movies.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing,  

and camping and would make it a point to take trips to Ft. Peck  

Lake.  Gene had a natural talent for music, playing piano, harmonica,  

guitar, and accordion by ear, and loved singing his favorite songs to  

his children.  He was an avid reader and enjoyed putting together a  

challenging puzzle with his family.  In more recent years, one of his  

favorite past times was teasing his grandchildren with his dentures.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, a son Richard Huseby, a  

granddaughter Tiffani Huseby, son-in-law Douglas Kelley, sister  

Marcia Bates, and brothers Norman, Raymond, and Ivan, sisters-in-law,  

Joan Huseby, Barbara Huseby, and Dorothy Huseby, and brothers-in-law,  

Ed Meyer, Ray Jonas, and James Durfey.

He is survived by his wife, Marian, of Circle, his children, Mikel  

(Ramona) Huseby of Fallon, MT, Ian (Karla) Huseby of Circle, Shonda  

(Gregg) Heide of Circle, Wade Huseby of Circle, Kyle (Kathy Crockett)  

Huseby of Circle, Adam (Candice) Huseby of Circle, Carol Huseby of  

Columbus, OH, Jed (Marni Rolston) Huseby of Bozeman, MT, Eileen  

(Arnie) Stahl of Lewistown, MT, Peter (Julie) Huseby of Havre, MT,  

Rebecca (Corey) Bollinger of Miles City, MT, Samuel (Tammy) Huseby of  

Laurel, MT, Audrey (Charles) Kerr of Glendive, MT, and Susan (Peter)  

Gasper of Ft. Scott, KS, 25 grandchildren, Tyrel Huseby, Collin and  

Jaqcee Huseby, Zelwyn (Laura) Heide, Zander (Nikki) Heide, Charley  

and Casey Huseby, Johnathon and Emry Kegley, Ida and Sorin Huseby,  

Haley (Cody) Burch and Jessica Kelley, Lacey, Caleb, and Travis  

Huseby, Rianne and Cade Bollinger, Julie Kerr, and Daniel, Nathanael,  

Timothy, Matthew, John, and Ruth Gasper, and four great- 

grandchildren, John, Benjamin, and Carl Heide, and Elizabeth Burch,  

brothers, Orvin Huseby of Cowley, WY, Jim (Irene Gross) Huseby of  

Lindsey, MT, Cedric Huseby of St. John, WA, and Kendell (Kathy)  

Huseby of Yakima, WA, and sisters, Betty (Frank) Kirschten of  

Ellensburg, WA, Elaine Jonas of Terry, MT, and Karen (Gordon) Larson  

of Helena, MT, sisters-in-law, Patsy (Dave Bossard) Meyer of Yakima,  

WA, Louella Durfey, of Big Timber, MT, Sharon (James) Sturn of  

Billings, MT, and brothers-in-law, Ron (Cheryl Stuber) Durfey of  

Lewistown, MT, and Gary (Cindy) Durfey of Hobson, MT,  his only  

surviving uncle is Lloyd Emery of Eugene, OR, and numerous nieces and  


Visitation was held on Monday, May 26, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at  

Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Circle.  Funeral services were held  

on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Circle Evangelical  

Church.  Interment followed in the Riverview Cemetery with full  

military honors.  Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Circle is in  

charge of the arrangements.  Condolences may be sent to the family by  


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to McCone County Health  

Center, P.O. Box 48, 605 Sullivan Avenue, Circle, MT  59215.

Published May 28, 2014



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