Henry D. ‘Huck’ Huddlestun

A Celebration of Life for Henry ‘Huck’ Huddlestun, 70, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Lawrence Heights Christian Church, 2321 Peterson Rd Lawrence, KS 66049, with the Rev. Steve Koberlein officiating. Inurnment will be in Central Cemetery near Homewood Township in Franklin County.

Huck died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at his home, following a short battle with cancer.

He was born Oct. 30, 1942, in Homewood, Kan., the son of George M. and Hazel A. Blair Huddlestun. He graduated from Williamsburg High School and later earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Emporia State University and a master’s degree in school administration from Fort Hays State University.

Huck taught math for 24 years, 21 of which were in the Hill City, Kan. school district. He then became principal and superintendent in Hamilton, Kan., before becoming superintendent of the Central Heights school district in Richmond, Kan., retiring in 1998. Huck was a member and elder at Lawrence Heights Christian Church and a past member of many civic and professional organizations. He enjoyed family, the outdoors, travel, and living life to the fullest each day.

He married Pamela K. Cook on Aug. 4, 1982, in Colby, Kan. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Richard ‘Rick’ Huddlestun and wife Susan, Overbrook, Kan.; a daughter, Susan Mollnow and husband Ryan, Tok, Alaska; and five grandchildren, Erin Hilger, Mark and Matthew Huddlestun, and Hattan and Marett Mollnow.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ira Huddlestun.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Peg Wichman...

Was so sorry to hear of Huck’s passing. Enjoyed working with him at Central Heights. He always had a good word and a pleasant smile for you. Thoughts and prayers are with all the family. May God comfort you in your sorrow.

From Paul & Joy Schmidt...

Please accept our condolences upon the death of your father. I had a few brief encounters with him when I did some reading/NCA stuff at Central Heights. I experienced him as a very practical and tough individual. He was a very colourful character to talk to and had a very relaxed, way about him. His lengthy career in education clearly demonstrates his dedication. Again, our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Paul, Joy, Anna, & Sara Schmidt

From Bob and Dianne Hooper...

Family and friends,

We join all who are saddened at Huck’s passing from this life. I came to know Huck at Hill City High where he taught math and I English. We enjoyed playing chess, hunting, fishing, and sharing more than a few stories–including some tall tales and rib-cracking jokes. Huck could tell ’em. We had quite a time in the teachers’ lounge, moaning about a kid or his or her parent, cheering about others. We all loved giving business teacher Miss Hanchet a bad time, laughing at Coach Riley’s poker “skills”, and supporting one another when it counted. There are too many stories to tell. Huck was always on the positive side, and a credit to his profession. He’ll be missed,we know, because he is irreplaceable.

We had hoped to attend services, but it hasn’t worked out. Sincerely, Bob (and Dianne) Hooper. Bogue, KS

From Karen King...

Rick, Susan, and Pam – So sorry to hear that Huck passed away. I taught with your dad for many years and we had a great time. He was special to me and was a great friend. I am still in Hill City but have retired from teaching. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

From Rod and Margie Hinkle...

Pam and family,

It’s been a blessing knowing Huck and you. We thank the Lord for you and for your confident faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

From Don Scott...

Melanie and I send our deepest condolences and will always remember the good times we shared with your Dad as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for me in Hill City….. You indeed had a remarkable father!

From Del Downs...

Rick, I didn’t know your dad. However, knowing you & Mark shows me that his legacy has been well established and preserved for eternity. I know that your witness reflects(in many ways), the kind of man he was. I’m praying for “the peace that passes all understanding” at this time for you. And don’t forget:

“For to live is Christ, but to die is GAIN”

From Don & Lois Schultz...

We offer our condolences to you and your family for the loss of your father.
Our prayers are for your comfort and peace as you grieve and yet also rejoice knowing he is Home with the Heavenly Father.
God Bless and Keep You till it’s time to make the journey Home to again be reunited.

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