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Richard "Dick" Huffman

Dick passed through his life on February 25, 2020 in Burlington, Alamance County, North Carolina. He began it September 11, 1934 in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania as the first-born child of Martha Deedy Endean and Harmon Webster Huffman. He was later joined by sister, Carol and brother, Bob. Until we married, he lived in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Arizona, and Maryland. His dad was a master of the aluminum industry. He married Diane Louise Evans in June 1957. To them were born two loving daughters, Melinda and Judy. We all lived in Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma and finally settled down in North Carolina for 45 years of his life. Melinda married Ken Waegerle, who turned out to be just like his own son, and they had Caroline Deedy and Rebecca Diane. Deedy had a beautiful little girl named Charlotte. He was a wonderful husband, dad and Pawpaw for all the little ones. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S in Marketing. He went to work for Western Electric in February 1957 in Purchasing and Transportation and retired in 1995. He ended up in the international portion of Lucent technologies and touched down on all the continents except Australia and Antarctica. We did not know all that he did for our country but we do know he was honest, he had to let go those who were not, helped break up the giant ATT, his hardest job, negotiated with the Cherokee Nation and introduced them as the first Indian supplier, called his wife no matter where he was, and escaped literally with his life from some very scary places in the world. He served for 8 years in the Maryland National Guard where he learned some interesting things about missiles and trained by Green Berets for some of his work in National Guard. He was a Master Gardner, sang high tenor and pioneered in ways of dealing with sticky racial issues from the 1960’s to the present. It was the loving things that people did and color, nor sex made a difference to him. But most of all he was a good man, “Dick, the Good.” We will see him again one day and always love him. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Alzheimer’s Association, Doctors With Out Borders or a charity of your choice.

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I was very young when I last saw Uncle Dick during Christmas of 1978. However, I have even older memories of when Mom and I went to NC for Aunt Diane's graduation from med school. What a great time I had! And Uncle Dick was great fun. I am praying for my Huffman cousins and their families. I hope you have peace Aunt Diane. Love to you all. Any JoAnn

Amy Van Pelt Mar 12 2020 1:41 AM