Edward Hueftle, 83 - July 22, 2011
Edward Frederick Hueftle, 83, of Eustis passed away Friday, July 22, 2011, at his home in Eustis.
Visitation for memorial book signatures will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at the church in Eustis.
A memorial service will be conducted on Wednesday July 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Eustis with the Rev. Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Berryman Funeral Home of Cozad is in charge of arrangements. Inurnment with military honors will take place at the East Cemetery at Eustis.
Hueftle was born Nov. 1, 1927, at the family farm near Eustis to Gustav A. Hueftle and Dora Timm Hueftle. He was baptized Jan. 6, 1928, and confirmed on March 17, 1940, at the Eustis Methodist Church.
He attended Eustis High School and served with the United States Army until receiving a medical discharge.
On July 26, 1953, at North Platte, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Weakly of Newell, SD. To this union three children were born. Another son joined the family in 1984.
After he was married, he took over the family farming operation first tilled by his grandfather. Since 1963, he and his wife have resided on the farmstead.
Hueftle was one of the first deep well water irrigators in the area. He farmed and ranched his entire life, and especially enjoyed driving the tractors and combines during planting and harvesting as well as the annual cattle drive being a highlight, said family members.
He was very interested in his community and church, singing for many years in the church choir as well as serving on several church committees.
Hueftle was a past president of the Eustis Lions Club and past deputy district governor in District 38R during the time Clarence Johnson was district governor.
He was a member of 4-H and helped lead clubs. He was also an Ak-Sar-Ben Ambassador for 33 years and a Eustis Fair Board president as well as a former member of the Elks and a member of the Eustis American Legion.
Hueftle served for many years on the Farmland Service Cooperative Board at Gothenburg and on the Farmers Cooperative Association Board of Eustis. His favorite occupation was playing cards with family and friends and he played every chance he had, according to family members.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Gustav and Dora; his daughter, Ann Annette Hueftle; a sister, Elmyra Hueftle; two brothers-in-law—Richard Kumpula and Glenn Dean; sister-in-law, Donna Kumpula.
Survivors include: his wife of 58 years, Bonnie; his children—Dr. Stacey J. Stockdill, Kent W. Hueftle and Greg Stockdill; a brother, Karl (Janice) Hueftle of Cozad; three sisters—Doris (John) Frazier of Fort Lupton, CO, Dora (Verlin) Livingston of Broadwater and Lola (Jim) McConnel of Lincoln, sister in law, Shirley Dean of North Platte; brother-in-law, Ed Weakly of Elko, NV; 53 nieces and nephews.
A memorial has been established.