He was born on October 21, 1937 in Benton, the son of Lyle Lester and Grace (Wilkerson) Huffstutler. He married Margaret Pauline Wright on January 9, 1967 in Geneva, Ill. and she survives in Centralia.
In addition to his wife of 47 years, Mr. Huffstutler is survived by five sons, Scott Huffstutler of Courtland, Frank Huffstutler of Lake of Egypt, Lyle Huffstutler and Shane Wright,, both of Centralia, and Charles Pickles of Dix; daughter Charlotte Ashby of Dix; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and three sisters, Gerri Arney and husband Robert of Dix, Vivian Hutchins and husband Jack of Centralia, and Sue Barmore and husband Ronnie of Indiana.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Huffstutler was preceded in death by his brother Audrey Huffstutler.
Mr. Huffstutler was a seaman in the U.S. Navy serving from March 21, 1955 until October 28, 1958. He was stationed on the U.S.S. Iowa where he traveled through different countries including Spain, France, Italy, Cuba, Scotland and Brazil. He became a member of the Ancient & Royal Order of the Nose when his ship crossed the equator on September 20, 1957. The Benton newspaper published a letter from Mr. Huffstutler’s Commanding Officer Captain F.J. Becton that was written to his family commending their son’s performance during NATO exercises in the Atlantic. He loved his country and loved serving his country. He had a great interest in electronics especially the computer, CB Radio and Ham Radio. He went by the handle of Doc Holliday. He was one to listen to country music. He enjoyed his motorcycles and riding with his friends. As told by his family, he stated “you can do anything in the world, just find the right book to read.” He cherished the time he spent with his family especially his children and grandchildren. He moved to Centralia in 1982 and formerly lived in Mt. Vernon and Elgin.
Mr. Huffstutler was a commercial dishwasher sales representative with Mars Sales & Equipment Company in Centralia from 1982 to 1993. He was previously employed as a carpenter for Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon from 1967 to 1979.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation will be performed. There will be no public visitation or services. A Celebration of Life Services and Military Honors will take place at a later date.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans and will be received at the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia.
Online Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mr. Huffstutler’s family at moranfuneralhome.net, or on Facebook.