Lynn Arthur Houser
Lynn Arthur Houser, 85, died peacefully on Friday, July 5, 2019, at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. He was with his three loving daughters and other relatives and friends during his final days. He was born Oct. 30, 1933, in Deer River, Minn., the son of Pieta “Mary” and Walter “Sherm” Houser, who worked for the Forest Service. Lynn graduated in 1951 from Deer River High School, where he was the captain of the basketball team. He attended the University of Minnesota for a year before starting a job at the Lakehead Pipe Line pump station in Deer River. He was not known to have ever taken a sick day in his 40-year career with the same company. He served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 at Fort Sill, Okla. In 1964 he married Donna (Korpi) in Duluth, and they lived at Jessie Lake, then moved in 1969 to Grand Rapids and in 1971 to Bemidji, where he managed the Lakehead Pipe Line warehouse. Lynn continued to live in the same house where he and Donna raised their family until March 2019. He instilled strong values in his three daughters, including hard work, frugality and responsibility, which in turn they passed down to his granddaughters. He excelled at finding deals in everything from cars to cinnamon rolls to gadgets given as gifts. After retirement, he and his wife spent winters in Rockport, Texas, for 16 years. He played golf avidly and enjoyed spending time with many friends both on and off the course. Lynn was a lifelong sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout the seasons. He was a fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, and regularly attended the Eagles Club and many community events. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2013 and his siblings, Lloyd Houser, Jimmy Houser, (Mary) Ruth Swanson, (Margaret) Evelyn King and Hazel Schopp. He is survived by his daughters, Marcia (Dave) Podratz of Duluth, Angela (Dan) Ginkel of St. Paul and Linda (Vic) Tafur of Oakland, Calif.; granddaughters Malia Rowell, Karina Tafur and Aili Ginkel; brother-in-law Gary Schopp of Deer River; and several nieces and nephews. In accordance with his wishes, no memorial service will be held. He gifted his remains to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program for the advancement of medical education and research. His cremated remains will then be interred with those of his wife at Greenwood Cemetery in Bemidji.