Richard M. Huff (Dick), 91

Richard M. Huff (Dick), 91, of Allegan, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at the Allegan County Medical Care Community, where has resided for over eight years.

He was born Jan. 2, 1928, in Detroit but lived in Allegan since early childhood.

Dick graduated from Allegan High School in 1946, then earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kalamazoo College in 1950. Upon becoming an officer of the U.S. Army, he served our country for three years during the Korean Conflict, being deployed there for a year.

He was united in marriage to Beverly Ruth (Gorby) on March 4, 1951.

He worked at, became a partner in, and then later bought the R.B.Huff 5c to $1.00 Store in Allegan in 1965. Upon retirement in 2004, the store was sold to Spring Grove Variety.

A civic-minded businessman, Dick held active positions over many years on the Downtown Development Authority, Allegan Chamber of Commerce, both the Allegan City and County Planning Commissions, City Board of Review, and Grand Ravine Senior Housing Board of Directors, among many others. He also served energetically in the U.S. Jaycees, Rotary International, and the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks.

His interests were many and included sailing the Great Lakes, contributing to the community through his intellect and integrity, and being a consummate tinkerer—always fixing, improving or inventing something around the house.

Dick was preceded in death by Beverly, his best friend and adoring wife of 63 years; his daughter, Laurette Jan Huff; his parents, Roland Barnabee and Viola Grace (McMillen) Huff; his stepmother, Gladys (Bell) Huff; and his brother, Benjamin John (Ann) Huff, and his sister, Janet Ruth (Tom) Arnold and their respective spouses.

He leaves his daughter Lynette Ruth Huff, son Brian Gorby (Nanette) Huff, granddaughter Megan (John) Von Schonhoff, grandson Alexander Huff, great-grandson, Bernard (Ben) Von Schonhoff, great-granddaughter Indra Von Schonhoff and many brothers and sisters in law, nieces, nephews and others who will miss his wisdom and subtle humor.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service honoring his life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Allegan First Church of God, 1313 Marshall St., Allegan. Visit with family and friends from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Allegan County Medical Care Community, which provided outstanding care and compassion through his final years. Please visit www.mccowensecord.com where you can share a memory or photo.

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