CENTERBURG — Phyllip “Phyl” Huffman, 86, and a lifelong resident of Centerburg, passed away Feb. 4, 2014. Phyl is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Alvira (Owings) Huffman; sister, Elizabeth; and brother, Robert Huffman. He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Jean (Chapman); and children, Brad Huffman, Julie (Ron) Burke and Jeana Haines; as well as his dear twin sister, Phyllis (Mrs. Donald) Fuller; and numerous nieces and nephews. Phyl was “Papaw” to grandchildren, Sarah, Andrew, Bronwyn, Heather, Hannah, Hayden and Kelsyn; and great-grandson, James, each the apple of his eye.
He was previously employed with Big Bear, F&R Lazarus, and Carlisle Tire & Rubber. Phyl served his country proudly and honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of Mt. Zion Lodge 9, F.&A.M. and a 32nd degree Mason with the Valley of Columbus, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, as well as AMVETS Post OH 59, American Legion and the Centerburg Conservation Club.
Though dealt a tremendous blow after suffering a stroke in the prime of his life, Phyl was an inspiration to all, as he maintained a positive outlook and sought many ways to enjoy life with family and friends. An avid sports fan, he especially enjoyed following The Ohio State Buckeyes, and attending many Centerburg Trojans’ sporting events. Phyl even conquered Facebook and email, and, he never started a jigsaw puzzle he didn’t complete.
Friends may call at the Centerburg United Methodist Church, 65 S. Hartford Ave., on Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. A celebration of Phyl’s life will be at the church Saturday, at 11 a.m., with interment following at Eastview Cemetery. Arrangements by Johnson-Melick-Moreland Funeral Home, Centerburg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, Centerburg Conservation Club or Centerburg United Methodist Church. Masonic service today at 8 p.m.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.