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Leo C. Huffman, 91, of Hoopeston, passed away at his home on Friday, April 28, 2017. He was born on Dec. 18, 1925, to Arley and Lillian (Reinke) Huffman in Danville.
He married his wife, Betty (Starr) of 66 years on Dec. 23, 1950. She survives as well as a sister, Betty Kilgore, of Danville. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Dale, Ray, Ralph, and Richard.
Also surviving are his four children, Rebecca Timmons of Hoopeston, Kevin (Allan Duncan) of Maplewood, N.J., Amy (Richard) Hirschland of Alpharetta, Ga., and Julie (Doug) Harper of Washington, Ill.; 11 grandchildren, Jeny (Doug) Frederick, Chris (Caroline Iafigliola) Timmons, Madeline and Isabel Duncan-Huffman, Jeremy, Ben, Matthew and Jonathan Hirschland, Megan (Bryson) Vanderheydt, and Joe and Jacob Harper; six great-grandchildren, Peyton, Paige, and Piper Timmons, Grace and Evan Frederick, and Carter Vanderheydt; and several nieces and nephews.
Leo was a graduate of Catlin High School in 1944 and upon graduation served two and a half years in the United States Army Air Corps. After being honorably discharged, Leo attended Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. and graduated with an education degree in 1950. Upon graduation, Leo began his 35 years in education with Hoopeston School District as a teacher and basketball coach at Honeywell Grade School in Hoopeston. He went on to receive his Masters and Advanced Education Certificate in Education from the University of Illinois and became Principal of Lincoln Grade School and John Greer Junior High in Hoopeston. In 1965, Leo became Superintendent of Hoopeston schools and served 20 years in this capacity until his retirement in 1985.
He was a sixty-year member of First Presbyterian Church in Hoopeston, serving nine terms as elder. He delivered "Meals on Wheels" for many years. He was a past member of Hoopeston Rotary Club where he had served as President and was honored as Paul Harris Fellow. After a few years into retirement, Leo took up golf and played many years in the Ben Gay Golf League at Hubbard Trail Country Club.
A memorial service to celebrate Leo's life will be held at 12 p.m. (Noon) on Saturday, May 13, at First Presbyterian Church, 915 E. Orange St. Hoopeston, with Rev. Wade Meranda officiating.
His family would appreciate memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, 915 E. Orange St., Hoopeston, IL 60942.
Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Leo's eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.
Published on May 1, 2017
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