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Gary Husman December 10, 1946 — October 8, 2019

Vincent “Gary” Husman was born December 10, 1946 in Portland. At a young age his family moved to South Dakota. In Mitchell, South Dakota, he attended grade school, high school and Augustana College. He also attended Northern State College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, before being drafted into the Army. He enlisted so he could attend Officers Candidate School. He served in Vietnam, where he was a military advisor to the Vietnamese Field Operations. He was promoted to captain before he chose to leave the military life. He married his wife Margaret July 3, 1972, and again May 2, 2007.

Gary loved the games he played, especially team sports: baseball, bowling, softball, volleyball and golf. While advertising director at the Coffeyville Journal in Coffeyville, Kansas, he started the Dalton Gang Reenactment that continues today. At the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he started the Trick or Treat trail run that continues today. He went on to work in advertising at newspapers in Salem; Casper, WY; Escondito, CA; and Redmond, where he retired as publisher of the Redmond Spokesman in 2011.

He served as president of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association in 2009.

Gary passed away October 8 at his home in Scottsdale, AZ, after a long battle with cancer.

He is proceeded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sister, Sherleen Candreva of Manteno, Illinois, and his wife Margaret of Sisters and Scottsdale, AZ.

Memorials may be made to the Jimmy Valvano’s V Foundation for Cancer Research at or plant trees in his name at national parks at

A celebration of life will be held at E BarGrill in Redmond, Saturday, November 9, 2 to 4 p.m.


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