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Richard Farris Huff

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Richard Farris Huff, 90, of Springfield, passed away at 4:20 p.m. Friday Nov. 16, 2012, at his home.

Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Burial services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at Hazelwood Cemetery. Memorial services followed at 11a.m. at Schweitzer UMC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Schweitzer United Methodist Church, 1747 E. Sunshine St. in Springfield.

Born Jan. 16, 1922, in Gilliam, he was the son of Richard A. and Jewell Netherton Huff. Hegraduated from Slater High School and then went on to Central Missouri State University to continue his education. He was a member of Phi Sigma Alpha Fraternity and served as chapter president. While attending college he was called to the Army when World War II began; he served in the 10th Armored Division (European Theater). On July 2, 1948, he married Mayme Moye Huff, who preceded him in death on Dec. 31, 2008. After military service and college graduation he worked for Proctor and Gamble. Several years later, Richard and his brothers bought a dry cleaning plant in St. Joseph. After his brothers were called to the Korean War, and with Richard's calling pending, they gave the business back to the original owner and he moved his family back to Lebanon. There he began working for Montgomery Motor Co. He moved to Springfield while working at Montgomery Motors and decided to make a career change in 1963 to Great Southern Savings and Loan. He worked there for 33 years and retired in 1996 as executive vice-president. He was a member of Downtown Kiwanis Club, S.E. Rotary Club, Home Builders Association, Jaycees, S.W. Mo. Chapter of The Bank Administration Institute and National Association of Accountants. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, member of Solomon Lodge No. 271 AF&AM, Scottish Rite and Abou Ben Adhem Shrine. He was also a long-time advisor for Springfield's Junior Achievement Program. He and his family became members of Schweitzer UMC in 1955 shortly after moving to Springfield.

He is survived by four sons, Keith Huff and his wife, Pam, David Huff, Jim Huff and his wife, Lynn, and Dan Huff; one brother, Harry R. Huff; one sister, Doris Cott and her husband, Kenneth; three grandchildren, Katherine Brinkman and her husband, Jeff, Elizabeth Huff and Sarah Gorman and her husband, Nick; and three great-grandchildren, Olivia Brinkman, Jack Brinkman and Anthony Gorman.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Horace A. Huff; two sisters, Grace Cott and Agnes Cott; and one grandchild, Amy E. Huff.

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