Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Clyde William Huffman, 79, Lansing, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at the VA Hospital in Leavenworth, of lung cancer related complications.
He was born Oct. 24, 1933, in Knox County, Ind., to Myles and Marjorie (Forgey) Huffman. Clyde graduated from Bicknell High School in 1951 and from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in Geology in 1955.
He married Sarah Susan Friend on Dec. 30, 1955, in the Old Cathedral, Vincennes, Ind. They were married 57 years; Sarah survives of the home.
Clyde entered the U. S. Army as a second lieutenant of Engineers in January, 1956 at Ft. Belvoir, Va. He later transferred to Field Artillery. Clyde was a career Army Officer and served his country dutifully and faithfully for 20 years. He served two tours of duty in Germany, with his family, for a total of five years. Other tours were in Ft. Sill, Okla.; Korea; New Richmond, Wis.; Ft. Campbell, Ky; and Washington, D.C. He was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War and a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient. Later, he was a student at the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. Afterwards, he was a faculty member at the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College for two years, then assigned as Assistant Chief of Staff of the Staff Combined Arms Center. He retired from active duty at Ft. Leavenworth, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, in March of 1976.
Later, he attended graduate school at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, earning a master's degree and worked as a Geologist with the US Army Corps of Engineers until his retirement in 1996.
He was active in his church and in the community for decades. He served Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Parish as a member of the steering committee to build a new church and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served as a lector, a member of the Parish Council and board member of Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Lansing. He served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board. Clyde was a past board member and Chair of the Leavenworth County Solid Waste Management Committee and was on the board of the Lansing Planning Commission. He was a board member of the Leavenworth County Council on Aging and the Lansing Historical Society. He and his wife Sarah delivered Meals on Wheels for many years. Clyde was a member of Rotary International and was named its Paul Harris Fellow. He was most proud, however, of being among the founding members of "The Old Bastards of Leavenworth."
Clyde was preceded in death by his parents; and in 2009 by his son, Joseph Huffman.
In addition to his wife, Clyde is survived by his daughter, Mary (Jim) Woodward of Topeka; his daughter-in-law, Carey Huffman of Leavenworth; and three grandchildren, Nina Huffman and Jennifer and Andrew Woodward; his sister, Jo Ellen (Ray) Wininger of Florida; uncle, Harold (Loreen) Huffman of Indiana; and many members of his extended family on both sides.
Page 2 of 2 - Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Lansing. Burial with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Saint Francis de Sales Church Building Fund or Meals on Wheels.