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James Huffman

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James 'Jim' Huffman age 67 of New Hampton, Iowa died peacefully, with his family by his side, at his home, Friday June 23, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday July, 1, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church in New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. Pallbearers will be Bob Brincks, Bob Messersmith, Joe Sabelka, Dennis Buckendahl, Ron Bumba, Duane Bearman, and Brad Neitzke. Friends may greet the family 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday June 30, 2017, at the Holy Family Parish Gathering Space where there will be a 7:30 p.m. Parish Scripture Service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass in the Gathering Space on Saturday. James (Jim) LeRoy Huffman was born on December 19, 1949, in Waukon, IA, son of LeRoy and Raphaella Huffman. He was the second of six children. As a child, the family moved to New Hampton, IA. There he attended St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School and graduated in 1968 from New Hampton High School. Starting in 6th grade, he worked before and after school in local hardware stores. In high school, he spent summers on cattle drives in Montana with family friends. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy, but due to serious injuries from a car accident he was forced to change his plans. He was employed by the Austin Company as a clerk while they were building the new Sara Lee plant. After the Austin Company left New Hampton, Jim began working for United Telephone as a technician. Over the course of his employment, various mergers resulted in him working for United Telephone, Contel, GTE, and retired as a Verizon employee. While working for these companies he also attended additional technical schools in Kansas City. On June 23, 1979, Jim married the love of his life Ruth Boeding at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas, IA. Two wonderful sons were born from this union- Jason Thomas and Ryan Joseph. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and sons throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He especially enjoyed taking them to the National Parks. Jim and Ruth also attended many 60’s and 70’s era rock concerts over the years. Jim enjoyed taking his family fishing and hunting. He was especially proud of his sons and dearly loved his grandchildren. Jim was a man of many talents. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He took many fishing trips to Canada, Lake Michigan, lakes in Minnesota and Iowa, and the Mississippi River. He especially loved walleye fishing, trout fishing, and ice fishing. He hunted for turkey, pheasant, deer, duck, bear, and was a very skilled bow hunter. He had many fishing buddies who were also his lifelong friends. Jim was known for his generosity, intelligence, wittiness, sense of humor, and storytelling. He always saw the good in everyone. He was a kind and gentle man who spent much of his time helping others before his illness, especially his parents. In 1999, he was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor and underwent surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Over time he partially recovered, but in 2008 he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor. The grace he displayed during his years of illness was remarkable. His strong faith in God helped him endure through years of living with pain. Jim is survived by his wife of 38 years Ruth; his sons Jason (Megan) Huffman of Des Moines, IA and Ryan Huffman of New Hampton, IA; his grandchildren Owen, Peter, Avery, and Nolan; one sister Rita (Gene) Van Dyck of Dodgeville, WI; four brothers, Brian (Claire) Huffman of Hudson, WI, Creighton (Sue) Huffman of Minneapolis, MN, Robert Huffman of Mound, MN, Phil (Beth) Huffman of Saugatuck, MI; brothers and sisters-in-law Ron (Marlene) Wenthold of Ossian, Elaine Croatt of Lawler, Mary Jo (Joe) Sabelka of Lawler, Karen (Bob) Messersmith of New Hampton; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; step mother Ann Boeding Huffman; father-in-law and mother-in-law Joe and Ann Boeding; brothers and sisters-in-law Frances and Dennis Pecinovsky, Dan Kerian, Arlene Wenthold, Eugene Boeding, Dave Croatt, and many loved aunts and uncles.

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  1. We loved Uncle Jim very much and will always cherish the memories of a wonderful man. We were blessed to have him in our lives. We will miss him! Our sympathy to all of you! Lisa, Steve, Aftin, and Austin Phyfe

  2. Condolences on the loss of your much loved husband, father, and friend. Share your memories with more smiles than tears.

  3. Ruth and Family We are so sorry for your loss my you find comfort with Christ as he carries you through this difficult time.

  4. My Sympathies to all of Jim’s family. We were neighbors and classmates growing up. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Sympathies and prayers are with you all. Phyllis Nosbisch

  5. Ruth & family: All our thoughts and prayers to your entire family. May Jim’s memories fill your minds and help you cope with the loss. David and Jeanne Roder

  6. Ruth & family: So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He suffered for many years, and now can peacefully go trout fishing in heaven. He will be missed. Darrell & Violet Albrecht

  7. Ruth and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. May the strength and peace of God be with you during this time.

  8. Ruth and Family, our deepest sympathy goes out to your family, I know Jim suffered with this tumor many years. Prayers for him and family. RIP. JIM. Larry and Jane.

  9. So sorry to hear about Jim. He was a long time friend. Jim, Mesh, DeBetty and I spent many pheasant openers together. I have many great memories being with him. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Dan Brady

  10. My sympathy to the entire Huffman family on Jim’s passing. Ryan, you know that I am here if you need anything.

  11. Aunt Ruthie, Jason & Ryan, Our deepest sympathies on your loss. Uncle Jim’s legacy will live on through his loving family and the cherished memories of him. Sending love and hugs to you. Linda, Lyndon, Alex, Garrett, and Erica Heiselman

  12. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My sympathy and a prayer go out to the family of a old friend. R.I.P Jim ! Karl Hibbs

  13. We will greatly miss Jim and will always remember his sense of adventure and his storytelling. Schares family

  14. Linda StoweGreg Wagner Mary Lynn ReVoirFran Zichal purchased the Divine Peace Bouquet for the family of James “Jim” Huffman.

  15. Aunt Ruthie, Ryan, Jason & family~ Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Uncle Jim was such a great guy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. :blue_heart::pray::skin-tone-3: Love, Laura, Kevin, Connor & Dalton Smith

  16. When Jason called that Jim had passed, it wasn’t still a shock even though he has put up a long courageous fight with his tumors. The most amazing thing over that last 18 years was the fact that Jim never complained or asked ‘Why me?’. He was always thinking and believing that the doctors would come through sooner or later. He marveled at the new procedures, the medications, and the ability of the specialists. He was relieved that God chose him to go through this and not Ruth, his boys, or those precious grandkids. He was happy that he lived his 67 years. He was still looking for that world record fish or that ’30 point buck’ somewhere, north, northeast, or west of Reilly Ridge or was that south of Jerico? He died knowing that the search will continue by those hunters not as lucky or talented as he was. Our most sincere sympathy to Ruth, Ryan, Jason, Megan, Pete, and Nolan. Jim was a most remarkable son, husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, friend and co-worker. Love, Mary Jo & Joe Sabelka

  17. Ruth, Jason, Ryan, and families, Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will be leaving before Friday so we won’t be able to attend the wake or funeral, but will try to stop and see you before we go. Cherish all the good times and hold onto them. Joe and Sharon Haskovec

  18. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I have got to know him well when we worked together for United Telephone in the 1970’s & 80’s. He was a hard worker, everything he did was done complete and done right. He was a good man , that’s for certain :sleepy::sleepy::sleepy:

  19. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We are friends of Mary Jo and Joe and know that Jim was a wonderful man who was loved by many and lived life to the fullest. May you all find comfort in the many happy memories Jim has given you. God bless you all.

  20. I’m so sorry for your loss. Jim will be missed very much! Thinking of all of you! Love, Carol Canales

  21. Ruth and Family, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers! Hold on tight to all of your wonderful memories, they will live on within you, bringing you comfort and peace!

  22. Christopher and Leasa Wilch and Family purchased the Peaceful White Lilies Basket for the family of James “Jim” Huffman.

  23. Ruth, Jason and Ryan, So sorry to hear of your loss. Jim sure put up a great fight and we know that he is now at peace and no longer suffering. We will not be able to be with you Saturday, but you are all in our prayers. Love, Jeff, Deb, Alex and Sam Schmitt

  24. To Ruth and the entire extended family, We send you our deepest sympathy. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Lois (Boeding) and Bruce Fure

  25. Aunt Ruthie, Ryan, Jason, Megan and family, We are so sorry for your loss. May all of your wonderful memories help you during this difficult time. Sending our love and prayers. Love, Marilyn, Keith, Aaron, Lea and Allison

  26. Aunt Ruthie, Ryan and Jason, So sorry about your loss. Thinking of you all. Deepest sympathies to your family. Tom and Brenda Kerian

  27. Jim was my cousin and a loved family member. He spent many summer weekends at the Unterberger farm in Waukon. Aunt Sissie was his favorite Aunt. Growing up, he went to High School with my Brother, Tom Meyer, and came out to our farm to play football with his friends on the weekends. Of course I was out there with them having a good time as well. Jim was well liked by everyone, and I always enjoyed family gatherings and picnics with him. Knowing now that he is at peace in Heaven with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is comforting to me, but still I will miss seeing him when returning to Iowa for visits. My prayers to the family. Mary Jo

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