Glenn E. Huffman, 96, of Bismarck passed away Sept. 17, 2016, in Danville.
Glenn was born in Vermilion County, Illinois, at home on Oct. 13, 1919, the son of Clarence and Stella Huffman. He was the youngest of three children. His sisters Opal and Ruby passed on before him, as did his parents.
In 1939 he was married to Mildred Kirkpatrick in a small church in Danville. They were married for 77 years.
He worked at Miebeck Shoe factory and in a few years he found himself in the Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1946. After World War II, he returned to farming on his father's land and his own. In June 1953, he became a lay pastor to the Locust Grove EUB Church just outside of Moweaqua, Ill.
After going to Millikin University, he received a BA in religion and theology, and a two-year degree from Naperville Seminary College to become a minister. He was ordained in 1957. In the spring of 1957, he and his family moved to Paris, Ill., to serve in the Paris EUB Church. During that time, Glenn had the pleasure of performing the marriage ceremony of his daughter Valerie to Paul Osborn.
In 1963 he and his wife moved to Wood River, Ill., to serve at Wood River United Methodist Church. Glenn served that congregation for eight years and then moved to East Lynn, and served there for seven years at the Methodist church.
Glenn and Mildred then moved to Bismarck, where he retired from the ministry temporarily. During that time he and Mildred started a craft business called Huffman Crafts. They did ceramics, woodworking and upholstery. He also taught at VOTEC school in Danville and was a substitute teacher in Bismarck-Henning High School. Glenn also held a Realtor's license.
In 2005 he came out of retirement to minister to United Methodist Farmers Chapel Church and retired again in 2011. After many years of service, he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred (Kirkpatrick); his daughter, Valerie Huffman Osborn(Paul); two grandchildren, Donna (Osborn) Hemmert (Owen) in Texas and Michael Osborn (Kimberly); and five great grandchildren, Shayla, Glenn, Austin, Jeffrey and Adam.(Michael) who live in Arizona.
Glenn, loved fishing, belonged to the Salty SAMs Camping Club, enjoyed woodworking, doing upholstery, gardening and going to Gordyville to sell the beautiful crafts he and Mildred made. He was supporter of the local VFW, enjoyed telling jokes and was loved by all he served as friend and minister.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Celebration of Life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Sunset Funeral Home. Burial will be at Walnut Corner Cemetery following the service and will be with military honors by American Legion Post 210.
He will greatly missed by family and friends. He has returned to the open arms of his Heavenly Father and his family who passed on before him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local VFW, 8 Pine St., Danville, Illinois 61832 in Glenn's name. Please join Glenn's family in sharing memories, pictures and video on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on September 20, 2016