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Rev. Leonard (Len) Huff

Posted: Thursday, Nov 15th, 2012

MOUNT MORRIS — Rev. Leonard Leslie Huff, 83 of Mount Morris died on Tuesday November 6, 2012 at his home, ending a full life filled with love for the Lord, family and friends.

He was born in Morris, Manitoba Canada on December 18,1928, the oldest son of Frederick and Lillian (Gretzinger) Huff.  He graduated from Daniel McIntyre HS and served with the Sea Cadet Band and the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Winnipeg, MB.  Len graduated from Hillcrest Christian College, Medicine Hat, AB and he received his BA from North Central College, Naperville, IL and a BD from Evangelical Theological Seminary, Naperville, IL.

As a United Methodist minister, he served churches in Nipawin, SK, Neudorf, AB, Medicine Hat, AB, and in Hampshire, Polo and Mount Carroll, IL.  Rev. Huff also served as the Administrator of the Polo Continental Manor for 14 years.

Len enjoyed people and life.  He was a gentle, caring, loving soul with a keen sense of humor and ability to put all at ease.  He took much joy in raising and training Miniature Horses, singing in the Mt Carroll Choir, playing trumpet in the Kishwaukee Concert Band, the Rockford Christian Fellowship Band, and the Mt Morris Kable Band.

Service to his community played a large part in his life.  He participated in many Ogle and Carroll County organizations including the Ogle County Mental Health Board, Mount Carroll School Board, and was actively involved with Rotary, Kiwanis, and the Mt Morris Senior Center.  He was a CASA volunteer in both Carroll and Ogle Counties, and Lot 12 tutor for children.  He also served as a director of the American Miniature Horse Association.

He is survived by his wife, Miriam, of Mount Morris; son, Marlow, of Wendell, NC, daughter-in-law, Sally Huff, Raleigh, NC; daughter, Wendy (Chuck Westcott), Mt Morris; brother, Gerald (Gwen), Camrose, AB; grandchildren, Joshua Flaharty, Shonnah Poe, Timothy Flaharty, Mt Morris, Kaitlyn Huff, Wilmington, NC, Andy Huff, Raleigh, NC, and great-grandchildren Evan and Colton Flaharty, Jaidra and Dreyah Poe.  Preceded in death by parents Fred and Lillian Huff, brother Donald, and infant son, Joel.

Memorial Celebration of Life was held at Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt Morris, on Saturday, November 10, 2012, 11:00 a.m.  Pastor Doc Newcomb officiated.  Family committal service was conducted by Rev. Leonard Sukut, in Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. The family requests no flowers.  Memorials can be made to Disciples United Methodist Church, Mount Morris.     

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