Robert Harvey Housley
Robert Harvey Housley

May 11, 1938 - January 5, 2018
Born in Ogden, Utah
Resided in Hooper, Utah
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Robert “Bob” Harvey Housley, of Hooper, Utah, passed away the morning of January 5, 2018, at age 79. Bob was born May 11, 1938, to Joseph Frank and Adair Clay Housley in Ogden, Utah. He married Linda Mary Pfunder on March 9, 1961 in the Salt Lake temple.

Bob was preceded in death by both parents, his older brother, Jim, and his sister, Sharon (Patterson). He is survived by his wife, Linda, his sister, Lynn (Hendrickson), a brother, Joe, and nine children: Mark, Kirk, Mike, Clayton, Jon, Mary (Clark), Sam, David, and Daniel. He is also survived by one “adopted” son, George Garwood, and 31 grandchildren.

He worked many years for Boeing as a quality control analyst. His time at Boeing included working on the Minuteman missile program, the SRAM program, and the space shuttle program.

Bob was raised by loving parents who taught him Christian principles and he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 22. The principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ and his testimony of its truths were dear to him and guided every aspect of his life; he loved to teach and share those truths and principles and he died firm in his faith.

When he was younger, he was a bit of a rebel with a Harley Davidson motorcycle until he met Linda. She worked as a carhop at a local drive-in and he would visit her often and leave big tips to persuade her to go out with him. He later sold his motorcycle to pay for the birth of their first child. Bob became a devoted husband and loved Linda fully. His example of how to love and respect his wife will ever be one of his greatest gifts to his children, grandchildren, and descendants.

Bob taught the value of serving others through his example. As a young man, he served his country in the National Guard. Bob also served faithfully in various church callings including twice as bishop. After raising their children, Bob and Linda served full-time missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in upstate New York (Utica New York mission) and in the Washington, D.C. temple. They also served for many years in the Ogden temple and as welfare missionaries at the Ogden Cannery.

When his sons entered their teen years, Bob moved his family to a small farm in Hooper, Utah so he could “teach them how to work.” He taught his children to serve by insisting that they never left a church function until all of the tables and chairs were put away and the building was cleaned up.

With eight sons, Bob was for many years an active volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America, serving in various roles, including Scoutmaster. For his service and dedication, he earned the District Award of Merit in part, we believe, because the summer before he was at Scout camp when his seventh child was born.

His legacy of service continues and is being passed on to his grandchildren.

Bob enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing with his family. He liked mechanical and electronic gadgets and tinkering, especially with cars and motorcycles. His children remember that “there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix.”

Bob hated broccoli almost as much as he loved M&M's and ice cream. He had a tradition with his grandchildren of giving them a quarter every time he saw them and telling them they were “full of balooney”.

To us, his living family and many friends, he will be remembered tenderly and sorely missed until we are reunited; but for his family and friends who graduated from this life before him, we are certain there is much joy and rejoicing at his return.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Hooper 1st ward, 5601 South 6100 West, Hooper, Utah. Funeral services will be held January 11, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Hooper 1st ward. Interment will be at the Hooper Cemetery.

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Hooper 1st Ward
5601 South 6100 West
Hooper, Utah United States 84315
January 10, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hooper 1st Ward
5601 South 6100 West
Hooper, Utah United States 84315
January 11, 2018
11:00 AM