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In Memory

Howard Huff (Huff) - Class Of 1947

Howard M. 'Deak' Huff

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

July 28, 1924-July 6, 2010

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Howard M. "Deak" Huff, 85, died Tuesday (July 6, 2010) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook.

Deak was born in McCook on July 28, 1924, to Henry Boyd and Ohna (Wedepohl) Huff. He graduated from McCook High School in 1947.


He entered the U.S. Army on April 5, 1943 and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 17, 1946.

He was united in marriage to Shirley A. Callahan of Doniphan on May 31, 1981. They settled in Doniphan where Deak worked as a serviceman for KN Gas Company for 37 years. After his retirement, he recycled metal.

Deak loved fishing, hunting, baseball, and Cornhusker football. He had a true compassion for all children, especially for his grandchildren.

Proceeding him in death were his parents, Henry and Ohna Huff; and two sisters, Marilyn Budde and Dorothy Carlton.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Huff of McCook; sons, George Huff and wife, Carol of McCook, Tom Huff and wife, Cindy of McCook, Bruce Huff and wife, Connie of North Platte; daughter, Barbara Daily of McCook; step-son, Douglas Strop and wife, Collette of Rapid City, South Dakota; step-daughters, Kelli and husband, Mark Kniffen of Kearney and DeAnn and husband, Mike Swearingen of Greeley, Colorado; three brothers, Amor Huff of McCook, Virgil Huff and wife, Jean of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Robert Huff and wife, Jean of Cantonment, Florida; 22 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, family and a host of friends.

Memorial services will be Saturday at 4 p.m. at First Church of Nazarene with Pastor Emmanuel Reinbold officiating. Inurnment will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell.

Memorials may be given to the Nazarene Church Building Fund.

Friends may sign his book at the funeral home or send condolences to the family at www.carpenterbreland.com.

Carpenter Breland is in charge of the arrangements.