|7/22/2014 11:07:00 AM|
Duane D. Huss, 78, of Ocala, Fla., passed away peacefully June 19, 2014, in Legacy House Hospice, Ocala, from the most insidious of diseases: cancer.
A memorial celebration will be 3-4 p.m. Sat-urday in Tonica Methodist Church. There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m.
Duane was the son of Harry E. and LauraElva (Goodbred) Huss of Tonica.
Duane spent his youth in Tonica where he graduated from Tonica High School in 1953. He competed in many high school sports. He went on to play football and graduate from LPO Junior College before embarking on a long career in the cement industry. Duane worked his way up to plant manager with Alpha Portland Cement Co. in Orange, Texas and completed his career as a terminal manager with Holnam Cement Co. in South Carolina.
On Nov. 7, 1981, Duane married Hannelore Gottlieb of Bridge City, Texas. Duane and Hannelore retired to spend the final 13 years of their lives together in “On top of the world” retirement community in Ocala. Duane and Hannah have many friends there that have been with them during these most difficult of times.
Duane was passionate about life. He had many life-long friends in all the different communities he lived in. He enjoyed golf, fishing, cruising and playing poker.
He is survived by his wife, of Florida; his children Dale (Mary Jane) Huss of California, Michael (Dana) of North Carolina, Beth (Tony) Sangi of New York, and Julie Kilmer of Texas; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, one brother, Eugene (Nancy) Huss of Mendota, one sister-in-law, Irene of Tonica, and many nieces and nephews.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Gary, and sister, Rita.
Duane spent his final Father’s Day with family and friends. His loving wife was at his side throughout the illness. His sons, Dale and Michael, and daughters, Beth and Julie, were at his side for his final Father’s Day. His two grandchildren, Maribeth and Kayliegh were also there to tell him good-bye. He received calls from his grandchildren from out of state and took them all. His two nieces, Vicki and Lee Ann, visited while Duane was in hospice. He was aware and mentally alert until the end.
Donations may be directed to Tonica Volunteer Fire Department and to Hospice of Marion County at 3231 SW 34th Ave., Ocala, FL 34474 on Duane’s behalf.
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