Obit: Housley, Harry William #2 (1885 - 1948)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Housley, Parrish, Zilk, Lyons, Eberhardt, Schiller, Lewerenz, Filitz, Opelt, Bixler, Asp, Vornholt

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) April 8, 1948

Housley, Dr. Harry William (5 May 1885 - 2 April 1948)

Dr. H. W. Housley, 62, former Neillsville physician, died Friday afternoon, April 2, (1948) at his home in Madison. He had been ill recently but had been at his work the day previous at the Mendota State Hospital where he had been practicing since leaving Neillsville.

Dr. Housley had practiced medicine in Clark County for 30 years before leaving here six years ago to accept a position at the Mendota Hospital. He was a former Clark County coroner.

Harry William Housley was born May 5, 1885, in Lincolnshire, England, and came to the United States soon after the death of his father. He made his home with an uncle in Waldo, Sheboygan County, and attended the grade and high school there. He planned to enter the ministry of the Methodist church and entered Lawrence College at Appleton for his theological study; but an accident to his throat in which his voice was impaired caused him to abandon this plan. He turned to the study of medicine and entered Marquette University and received his degree from that institution. He later did post graduate work in medical schools in Chicago and Minneapolis.

He was married on October 26, 1912, at Plymouth, to Edna Parrish. Soon after their marriage they came to Chili, Clark County, where he began the practice of medicine, remaining there six years. He was at Granton from 1918 until 1926, when he moved to Neillsville, and left here six years ago. A few years ago Dr. and Mrs. Housley bought a home in Granton where they have spent frequent vacations since moving to Madison.

He was a member of the Masons, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is survived by his wife, his daughter, Miss Edith Housley, also of Madison, and three brothers, Frank, Charles and Bert, all of Chicago. The three brothers attended the funeral services.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Lawrence Funeral Home in Madison. The Rev. Wilson Bixler, a former pastor of Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church of Neillsville, and now pastor at Sauk City, was in charge of the services and preached the funeral sermon. The Rev. Obed Asp, former pastor of the Neillsville Methodist Church, now pastor at Glenwood City, offered prayer. Masonic rites also were observed.

Neillsville friends who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. Joe Zilk, Mrs. Jud Lyons, Mrs. Rose Eberhardt, Mrs. Rose Schiller, Mrs. Otto Lewerenz, Mrs. Herbert Filitz and Mrs. Arthur Opelt. Others who were there for the services were, Mrs. Housley’s sister from New Jersey and her two brothers from Sheboygan Falls, Wis., Mrs. Wilson Bixler of Sauk City, Mrs. Obed Asp of Glenwood City, and The Rev. Edwin Vornholt, formerly pastor at Neillsville, and now of Madison.



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