Leslie Kleber "Les" Huff Sr.

Cemetery photos courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
Cemetery photos courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project

(August 8, 1923 - June 18, 1962)

The Lusk Herald
June 28, 1962

Huff Services Are Held Friday

The Lusk Open Bible Church was filled to overflowing as funeral services for Leslie Huff were held.

The Rev. Frank Bozart presided. Casket bearers were: Cecil Tryon, Charles Christian, David Lorenzen, Grady Criss, Frank Kuhn, James Thompson, Leo Thompson and David Poage. A quartet of Denis Culver, Harry Lyon, Dr. Richard Collins and Gerald Bardo sang "Gather at the River" and "Be Still My Soul." A duet of Patty Bozart and Jo Ann Hansen sang "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms."

Even though Masonic services were not held, inasmuch as Mr. Huff had not completed his Masonic degrees, members of Harmony Masonic Lodge attended the service in a body. Military rites were accorded at the grave.

Between the accident and the funeral many friends as well as organizations assisted the Huff family. Meals were served by Legion Auxiliary, Modern Matrons, Country Club ladies, ladies of the Open Bible Church, and friends of the family prepared the Tuesday evening meal.

Leslie Kleber Huff was born August 8, 1923 in Iowa Falls, Iowa, one of six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Kleber Leslie Huff. He was reared in Iowa Falls and attended high school in Eldora, Iowa. He served his country as a flight engineer in the Air Corps in World War II and was discharged in March, 1946. During his service years he received one year of college training. On January 10, 1946 he and Flora M. Perry were married in Boise, Idaho. Shortly after his marriage he went to an Aeronautics School in Des Moines for almost a year and then went into the light aircraft business and was employed at Edgemont for about a year before coming to Lusk. During his years at Lusk he was very active in all community affairs and was especially active in the Open Bible Church. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of that Church for the past nine years. He was a past president of the Lusk Lions Club, a member of the American Legion and this spring took his first Masonic degree.

Surviving are his wife, Flora, his three children, Jane Ann, Leslie, Jr., and Barbara Jean, his mother, Mrs. Florence Moorehead, his sister, Mrs. Edith Walters, a brother, Clifford and his step-father, Lawrence Moorehead. He was preceded in death by two sisters, one brother, his father and a daughter, Kay Marie.

Mr. Huff was killed June 18 when his plane and another plane collided in mid-air near Glendive, Mont. Dr. Moline, one of the investigating officers, phoned Dr. Walter Reckling last week inquiring as to Mr. Huff's physical condition previous to the accident. Dr. Moline related that the investigators had not found any negligence on the part of either pilot.

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