April 7, 2011
DELBERT D. HUCKEY
(4/5/1935 - 3/13/2011)
Delbert D. Huckey, age 75, of Kahoka, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at the scene of a one-vehicle automobile accident west of Kahoka.
Delbert was born April 5, 1935 at Gorin, MO, a son of Lloyd and Hallie Kraus
Huckey. He married Willmetta L. "Willie" Lewis on April 10, 1955. She preceded him in death on October 27, 2002.
Survivors include one son, Kirk (Gayla) Huckey of Revere, MO; three daughters, Debi (Mrs. Todd) Otte of Liberty, MO, Michelle (Mrs. Dennis) Allen of Luray, MO and Deana (Mrs. Daryl) Egley of Kahoka, MO; ten grandchildren: Sarah (Mrs. Jordan) Huckeba of Maumelle, AR, David Otte of Chicago, IL, Brian Otte of Liberty, MO, Isaiah Allen and Ethan Allen, both of Luray, MO, Emily Huckey, Adam Huckey and his fiancť, Jess Thomas and Andrew Huckey, all of Quincy, IL; Brock Egley and his fiancť, Brittany Logsdon, of Columbia, MO and Austin Egley of Kahoka, MO; his great-grandson, Weston Huckeba of Maumelle, AR; a sister, Roberta Dale of Gorin, MO; an aunt, Eileen Findley of Gorin, MO; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Willie; his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Annetta Lewis; a sister, Dixie Lee Huckey; sister-in-law, Patricia Eastburn and brothers-in-law, Giles "Bud" Eastburn and Bill Dale.
Delbert graduated from Gorin High School and served in the U. S. Navy Reserves.
He co-owned the former D&D Service Station and Body Shop in Kahoka and later operated the Kahoka Body Shop for 42 years. He was an active member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka and former president of the consistory. He was a charter member of the Clark Co. Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1432 and was instrumental in the building of its' current facility. He was also a 50+ year member of St. Francisville Masonic Lodge # 588, A.F. & A.M. and had served on a degree team at one time. He was proud to have seen two of his grandsons follow in his footsteps by joining the fraternity.
He loved being outside and was anxious to start mowing. He put in a big garden so he'd have enough to share with others and it gave him a good feeling to be able to do so. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, camping, and his past hobby of farming and caring for cattle. He would go out to Dennis and Michelle's just to watch them "hay" and relished the outdoor time. At Christmas, Delbert was the Clark Griswold of Clark County and many drove for miles to see the Christmas decorations that he spent hours creating and putting up.
Delbert always had his grill ready to cook for some event or other, never for a profit.
He was an expert griller and loved being able to help someone out. It didn't matter who you were or whether you were in his blood line, you were family to Delbert and he was Grandpa to so many. He loved sporting events, especially football. Countless "Friday Night Lights" were spent at his shop following his grandkids' sporting events which he started in 2002 and continued to this day. You were expected to reach into the popcorn and chex mix bowls which were never empty. He loved to entertain and people loved to be around Delbert. By far, his greatest joy came from the unique close relationship he had with his children and grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka with Rev. Kenneth Beckmann officiating and Mrs. Michelle Allen, eulogist. Mrs. Ida Ross was organist and Mr. H L Plenge, vocalist. Special music was "I Believe" and "I Can Only Imagine" with congregational hymn, "Amazing Grace".
Pallbearers were Emily Huckey, Sarah Huckeba, David Otte, Brian Otte, Adam Huckey, Andrew Huckey, Isaiah Allen, Ethan Allen, Brock Egley and Austin Egley.
Burial was in the Kahoka Cemetery.
A public Masonic Service was held followed by a Loyal Order of the Moose Memorial Service.
Memorials in lieu of flowers were suggested to the Clark Co. Football Association or the Clark Co. Moose.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.timeformemory.com/wilsonfh.
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