Teddie Donald Huff, Jr., the eldest child of Ted D. and Verna Rains Huff, was born October 4, 1928 near Nehli in Antelope county, Nebraska. At the age of four, he moved with his family to Decatur county, Iowa and in 1941 the family moved to Highpoint Hill in Ringgold county.
Don worked on the farm with his father as a teenager and later went to Newton where he worked for the Maytag Company. The winter of 1948 he drove a truck in Colorado.
He came back to the farm in the spring of 1949 and met and married Connie Feeback on August 27 of that year. Five children, Chris, Jake, Willis, Candy and Kathy, remember their dad as a loving but strict disciplinarian. Don loved livestock, which over the years included hogs, dairy cattle and in the later years beef cattle and he was very proud of them. He put the needs of his family and livestock above his own.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law; brother, Frank; infant brother, Billy; and infant sister, Lois.
He is survived by his wife, Connie; daughters, Chris Huff, Candy Huff and Kathy (Dale) Garner; sons, Jake (JoAnn) Huff and Willis (Betsy) Huff; grandchildren, Jody (Doug) Halsted, Jennifer (Jon) Hauschildt, Jarod (Amanda) Beede, Justin (Holly) Beede, Tedd (Jenn) Huff III, Angela (Jesse) Gabel, Heath (Tammy) Huff, Christopher (Danae) Huff, Jessica (Tate) Steines, LeAnn (Jay) Creutzman, Alexandra Huff, Anne Starkey, Monica Davis, Jeff Mercer, Miranda (Scott) Sleep, Sarah (Shawn) Harmon, Amber Hutton and Derek and Dusty Gatton; 29 great-grandchildren; brothers, Carter (Andra) Huff, Carroll (Ellen) Huff and Darrold (LuAnn) Huff; sister, Janet Mercer, and a host of well-loved nieces and nephew along with many other cousins, friends and neighbors.
Memorials are to HCI Care Services in Mount Ayr.
Services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Monday, February 20, 2012, with Rev. Rick Hawkins officiating. Musical selections included ‘Grandpa Told Me So,’ ‘The Place That I Worship’ and ‘We’ll Meet Again.’
Casket bearers included Jarod Beede, Justin Beede, Tedd Huff III, Heath Huff, Christopher Huff and Jeff Mercer.
Honorary pallbearers were Jon Hauschildt, Doug Halsted, Jesse Gabel, Tate Steines, Jay Creutzman, Scott Sleep and Shawn Harmon.
Don was laid at rest in the Ellston Cemetery in Ellston.