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Richard 'Frank' Houske July 31, 1918 - Nov. 4, 2008

PAYNESVILLE -- Richard Franklin "Frank" Houske, 90, of Paynesville, formerly of Halstad, died Tuesday at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Paynesville Lutheran Church in Paynesville. Burial will be in Halstad Cemetery in Halstad.

Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

He was born July 31, 1918, on the family farm near Halstad to Richard and Elsie (Carlyle) Houske. He rode his horse to school in Halstad, graduating in 1937. Following graduation, he worked for Hastad Engineering until he went into the Army in 1942. He was assigned to the 15th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group as a surveyor. He participated in battles and campaigns in the Bismark Archipelago, New Guinea and the Philippines. For his service, he received: the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Bronze Star, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged in 1945 and returned to work at Hastad Engineering.

He eloped with Elaine Nelson on Feb. 18, 1950, to Minneapolis and they made their home in Halstad. He worked at Hastad Engineering for 32 years and at Red River Valley REA for 10 years, retiring at 70. They moved to Paynesville in 2001 to be closer to family.

He is survived by his wife; children: Rick (and Gale) Houske of Willmar and Ann (and Randy) Jacklitch of Paynesville; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.