William Harrison Furrey, 81

William Harrison Furrey, 81, of Winner, SD passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018.

Memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the Winner City Cemetery. A visitation will be on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 starting at 6 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. William Harrison Furrey was born Aug. 14, 1936, in the Ashurst Hospital in Rosebud, South Dakota. He was the third child of Harry and Louise Furrey of Okreek, South Dakota. He was baptized as a Catholic in St. Peter’s Church in Okreek.

In the fall of 1936, the family moved to another farm, and from there he later attended grade school in Nelson School. He attended and graduated from Todd County High School; his senior class photo states, “Sometimes I sit and think and sometimes I just sit.” After high school, he returned to the farm. In 1971, after his father’s death, he and his brother Harley formed a partnership, Furrey Bros., to farm and ranch. This partnership lasted for 47 years until his passing.

In 1988 he married Laurine Adams Whiting and acquired two stepsons and a step daughter. He was a charter member of Mission Council 4077 Knights of Columbus and also 4th Degree Knight. He also served on the 1st board of Commissioners in Todd County. He was a very well-liked man and had very few, if any, faults.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Louise Furrey, and two half-brothers, Gerald and Del Furrey.

He is survived by his wife, Laurine, his brother, Harley, two sisters, Dorothy Schultz and Mary Cournoyer, two stepsons, Dustin and Rod Whiting, and a stepdaughter, Bernice Whiting, as well as nephews, nieces, and cousins.

While writing this, for some reason, I think of Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar, “The evil that men do lives after; them the good often interred with their bones.” Anyone who tried to list Bill’s faults would have a lot of empty paper.

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