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John Roller Huffman died Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
John was born in Rockbridge County, son of the late Phillip Huffman and Isabell Halterman Huffman and was a Yorktown resident since 1969.
He attended Effinger High School in Collierstown and then went into the U.S. Army in 1948. He faithfully served his country for 20 years and retired as a master sergeant in 1968 after serving tours in Vietnam and Korea. He worked three years as a mail carrier and was then employed at NASA for 20 years, retiring again in 1989. After his second retirement, he worked at Busch Gardens as a train engineer.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge – Chapter 205, Yorktown, the Eastern Star Chapter 110, Yorktown and was a lifetime member of the Scottish Rite of Valley of Louisville, Ketucky, 32 degree. He was also a Shriner of Khedive Temple in Norfolk and was a lifetime member of the VFW – Chapter 960, a lifetime member of DAV, Chapter 2, Newport News and AMVETS-VA Post 1130, Newport News. He was made a Kentucky colonel by the governor while stationed in Kentucky in 1963.
He enjoyed working with wood and stained glass. John was a loving and giving person and was always willing to volunteer his time to those who needed his help. He loved his immediate and extended family very much and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
John is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mae Adelaide Johnson Huffman, formerly of Rockbridge County; his son Kevin W. Huffman and his wife, Roxanne, of Portsmouth; granddaughters, Jennifer Erin and Sara Megan Huffman; sisters, Rosemary Heilmeier, of Wheeling, West Virginia and Caroline Mace (Phillip), of Lexington; 18 nieces and nephews; and 27 great-nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Frank and Palmer and two sisters Phyllis and Ellen Jane.
A funeral service with VFW and Masonic rites will be held at noon on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at the chapel of Amory Funeral Home. A gravesides service will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2015, at Collierstown Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Lexington.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the VFW, P.O. Box 386, Yorktown, VA 23694.
Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home.
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