David Wesley Houim, age 44, of Rugby, died at the Trinity Medical Center in Minot, North Dakota on Saturday, May 1, 2010, from complicationsrelated toinjuries he suffered during a tree cutting job on Tuesday, April 27.
David was born December 5, 1965 to Virgil and Frances (Kraft) Houimof Rugby, North Dakota.He was raised in Rugby andafter high school went on to Bismarck State College to complete his training as an electrical lineman.He spent four yearsworking forthe Boylston Municipality in Massachusetts before returning to Rugby, the community that was always home to him.On April 29, 1989, he and Nancy Heilmanwere married at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, made their home in Rugby, and started a family of their own.Over the years, many people came to know David through his business, “Dave Houim Tree Service”, and from the rental properties that they owned and managed in Rugby.His wife, Nancy, was always proud of the integrity and honesty thatDavid brought to their businesses.
When away from work, he enjoyed a number of outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, canoeing, downhill skiing, and, particularly, camping.He also took great pride in the remodeling jobs that he completed, not only with the rental properties, but his family home as well.We will always remember his trademark laugh anda smile that made you feel at ease when you were with him.He had a great sense of humor and always had time for a good joke or recalling an amusing situation.David was a man of conviction; committed to doing what was right and instilling that in his children.His kindheartedness was extended to so many people.He was willing to do anything for anybody, even if they were complete strangers.The unfailing devotion he hadfor his family waseven more evident when they went through some difficult days and challenging times.He was always willing to make sacrifices in order to care for his family.They were his priority and they brought a great deal of love and joy to his life.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy; his children, Joshua, Ashley and Amber, all at home; three sisters, Darlene (Gary) Rose, Rugby, Karen (Stacey) Koster, Mayville, and Carol (Don) Clarkson, Detroit Lakes, MN; five brothers, Garry (Lana), Mandan, Donald (Judy), Grandin, Bill (Brenda), Minot, Bob (Monica) and Ken (Kathy), both of Rugby; his father- and mother-in-law, Raymond andRosanna Heilman, Portage, WI; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.He was preceded in death by his daughter, Abby (May 31, 2001); and his parents.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at Little Flower Catholic Church, Rugby. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Fr. Tom Graner officiated. Music was provided by the Little Flower Church Choir.
Casketbearers were Garry, Donald, Bob, Bill, and Ken Houim, Joseph Rameden, Steve Brotton, and Brooks Houim.
Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby.
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