Winfred “Fred” C. Housman passed away in Santa Fe, N.M., on May 15, 2013, at the age of 80. A Celebration of Life with military honors will be held at the Legal Tender in Lamy on Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m.
Fred was born in Shreveport, La., attended Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas, and served as a hospital corpsman in the Navy on the carrier USS Wasp. He managed three Kroger stores in Dallas for several years and owned a motel in Buena Vista, Colo., for two years.
Fred was a great athlete, playing football and basketball in high school, college and the service, and later in life discovered golf, which became his passion. He was a master golf club maker for friends and professionals alike. In 2006 he opened a golf shop for custom clubs and repair in Marion. He loved to hunt, fish, and western dance.
He was proud to have been a real estate broker for 50 years and won numerous awards for his sales ability. His friendly and fun-loving ways made him well-loved and enjoyed by many friends and coworkers. Four children were born from two marriages.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alta Housman of Madisonville, Texas; two sisters, Betty Carnell of Santa Fe and Alta Leann Clark of Eltie, Texas; and his brother, Frank Housman of Fairfield, Texas.
He is survived by his 20-year life partner, Kay Navrat of Santa Fe, N.M., and formerly of Marion; two daughters, Melody Pokorney and husband John of Sagle, Idaho, and Kelly Almond of Trinidad, Colo.; two sons, Freddy Housman of Montrose, Colo., and Matthew Housman and wife Tina of San Tan Valley, Ariz.; his brother, John Housman of Kileen, Texas; his sister, Barbara Ann “Tissy” Welch and husband Jack of Etole, Texas; Kay’s two children, Becky Prince and husband Barry of Colleville, Texas, and David Riffel and wife Avis of Loveland, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Hospice Center, 1400 Chama St., Santa Fe., NM, 87505, and Santa Fe Animal Shelter, 100 Caja Del Rio Road, Santa Fe, NM, 87507.
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