Horace Huff, 89, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., formerly of Gilliam, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center in Sierra Vista.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 17, at Sierra Lutheran Church in Sierra Vista.
Born Oct. 26, 1914, in Gilliam, he was the son of the late Richard Albert Huff and Mary Jewell Netherton Huff. On June 14, 1941, in Stockton, Kan., he married Maxine Louise Vallette, who survives of the home. He graduated from Gilliam High School in 1932 and Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg in 1939 with a business degree. He taught all grades at Belle Aire Elementary School in rural Slater from 1937 to 1938 and worked for Proctor and Gamble from 1939 to 1942. He was called into military service during World War II and was a graduate of the U.S. Army Officers Candidate School. He served in the continental U.S. and the Philippines from 1942 to 1946 and left the service as a first lieutenant. Following the Korean Conflict, he remained in the Army, where he served with the Army Security Agency in Germany, Arlington, Va., Korea, Thailand, Hawaii and Japan. He was assigned to Fort Huachuca, Ariz., in 1964. He served as commandant of the Electronic Warfare School before his retirement in 1967. After his retirement from the Army, he worked with Philco Ford as a senior engineer before returning to college at the University of Arizona, where he received a master's degree in education in 1974. He worked at the Sierra Vista School District as a teacher and counselor until 1979, retiring as director of pupil personnel services. He was a Mason and Shriner, holding membership in the King Solomon Lodge in Tombstone and Sabbar Temple of Tucson. He was also a lifetime member of King Hill Lodge in St. Joseph.
Additional survivors include two sons, Richard F. Huff of Chester, Va., and Steven A. Huff of Sierra Vista; two brothers, Richard F. Huff of Springfield and Harry R. Huff of St. Louis; one sister, Doris Cott of Slater; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and one grandson.