Clair Husby, age 79, of Arlington, SD, passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Fargo, N.D.
Visitation will be on Thursday, April 8, 2021, from 5-7 p.m. at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arlington with burial to follow at West Sinai Lutheran Cemetery. Eidsness Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Face masks are required at the funeral home for visitation.
Clair David Husby was born on July 22, 1941, in Volga, SD, the son of Hans O. and Edith Viola (Dybdahl) Husby.
Clair received his elementary education in a one room school house in District #95, Olson Township. He moved to Brookings with his parents in 1953, and completed his education at Brookings High School graduating in 1959. He then attended SDSU for two quarters and left with a friend for southern California. He worked as a special equipment operator at Hyland Laboratories from March 1960 until August of 1961. At that time, with maturity in the real world he returned to Brookings and completed his education in Commercial Economics and graduated in 1965.
Clair served in the United States Navy from 1965 until his discharge in 1971. After serving in the military, he lived for a short time in Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL, and Dayton, OH. He worked as a Customer Service Representative for the Reynold and Reynolds Co from December, 1969 to April 1985.
Wanting to fulfil a dream since high school of working in the accounting profession, he used his GI Bill of Rights for education and attended Woodbury College in Los Angeles, and Keller Graduate School of management in Chicago during the evening. He was awarded a Master of Business Administration in 1979 from Keller Graduate School of Management. He also passed the Certified Public Accounting exam in 1986.
In 1985, he began a career in Federal Service as Field Accountant for Rural Electrification Administration (REA) that was later renamed the Rural Utility Service (RUS). After training in Washington D.C., he was assigned to projects in the state of Nebraska. He resided at Columbus, NE and worked out of his home. This relocation brought him closer to Brookings, and he spent many weekends attending SDSU athletic events. He retired from the Federal Service on January 1, 2004. In 2005, he moved to Arlington, SD.
In 2000, Clair met the love of his life, and gained a family.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Arlington. His interests included genealogy, watching sports, and reading Norwegian-American History. He was a life member of Norwegian American History Association, a member of American Legion, and Sons of Norway. Clair was a great fan of SDSU and attended many basketball and football games.
Survivors include his significant other, Edel Johnson and his adopted children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; one sister, Donna Lange of Sioux Falls, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; Hans and Edith; sisters, Mavis, Lorraine, Evelyn, Joyce, and infant Alice Diane; and brothers, Harold, Jewel, and Roger.