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At 3:35 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2010, William L Huffman Sr. was called by our Lord and Master to enter into eternal life, where he is finally free from pain and suffering. He had been in poor health for a long time and had suffered terribly in the past three months.
He was born on January 25, 1939, to Morse Pete and Luella Maxine Stetler Huffman. Both parents are deceased.
He graduated from Willshire High School in Ohio in 1957, then entered the U.S. Army upon graduation and received an honorable discharge in 1963. He worked at Hagerman Construction in Fort Wayne and then became employed at Automatic Sprinkler in Monroe for 35 years as an expeditor. He retired in 1994 when he became disabled and could no longer work.
He was Prelate of the Legion of Moose for several years and also a past Governor of Moose Lodge 1311 in Decatur.
He married Shery R. Essex on November 17, 1967, and she survives.
He is also survived by his son, William L. Huffman Jr., of whom he was quite proud.
Three grandsons also survive: Jonathan R. Huffman, who was taught by his grandfather most of the 1960s rock and roll songs; Aaron M. Huffman, who taught Grandpa all the cartoon songs and commercials; and Hunter H. Huffman, who is too young to have really known him, but will learn about him from his elder brothers.
He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Pearl Hunnicutt of Willlshire; a brother-in-law, Rod Price of Decatur; aunts; nieces and nephews; and many cousins.
He is also survived by his best buddy, Lionheart, his crippled cat that will miss him terribly. He loved his cat just as much as he loved his grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were a granddaughter, Shayla Roz Huffman; a brother, Roger D. Huffman; a sister, Cheryl Huffman; a brother-in-law, Jesse Hunnicutt; and a sister-in-law, Helen Huffman.
Bill was a good man. He was kind and never judged anyone. He was quiet and listened rather than lead or carry on conversations. He will be missed, especially by his grandsons, who never failed to bring laughter to him and our home. When the grandsons were together, they were The Three Musketeers and when Willie was with them, they became The Four Musketeers.
He took a piece of each of us when he left, but he also left each of us a large piece of himself, with our most precious memories.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home in Decatur, with full military rites.
Burial will be at Decatur Cemetery.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, in the funeral home.