NORMAN — On Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, the world became a less interesting place with the passing of Roger Owen Housley, 68, due to an undetermined lung condition. He died as he lived, with honor, pride and fervor. He was truly one of a kind, in many ways larger than life, and will be missed. Let this serve as his family’s futile attempt to represent his life in a few paragraphs.
Roger was born April 10, 1945, to George Owen and Thelma Housley. He was primarily raised in Cushing. He was president of the Cushing High School class of 1963 and right tackle on the football team. At the University of Oklahoma, he received his bachelor’s degree in 1967 and was a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, where he made many life long friends. Roger attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law from 1968 to 1970, graduated No. 1 in his class and was Order of the Coif. He was also named Editor of the Law Review.
After graduating, he moved to McAlester, where he practiced law until 1978 and served as the President of the Pittsburg County Bar Association. However, most importantly, while living in McAlester he met the love of his life, Karen. Roger and Karen were inseparable ever since.
In 1978 Roger, Karen and their family moved to Norman, where he worked in private practice. He took pride in being a zealous advocate for his clients and maintained the honor and integrity of the profession. In short, Roger wanted to help people in need. He did an excellent job. Above all else, Roger loved his family and took an active part in their lives. He coached his children’s little league baseball teams and became President of the Norman American Legion Baseball Association. His children are indebted to him and Karen for the sacrifice, love and guidance that made them the men and women they are today.