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August 13, 1931 – Thursday, February 11, 2016

Service Information
Grace Lutheran Church, Sisseton, SD
Monday, February 15, 2016
10:00 AM

Visitation Information
Grace Lutheran Church, Sisseton, SD
Sunday, February 14, 2016
4:00 – 5:00 PM

Melvin LaVerne Huff Sr., age 84, of Sisseton, SD, passed away on February 11, 2016, at the VA Hospital in Fargo, ND.

Melvin was born on August 13, 1931, in Wilmot, SD, to Leo & Hulda (Hamann) Huff.

Melvin attended school at the Mallere School in Ortley Township until the sixth grade. He then moved to Drywood Lake and attended school at Drywood Lake #3 for grades 7 and 8.

Melvin worked for Denny Olson and numerous others until he enlisted in the Air Force in October 1951. While in the Air Force he worked as a mechanic on P-51 Mustangs, working his way up to crew chief. He was honorably discharged in October 1955, earning both the good conduct and national defense medals. After leaving the military, Melvin attended Hansen Mechanic School in Fargo, ND. He went to work at McGary’s Road Construction as a mechanic from 1955 to 1967. Later, he owned his own repair shop in the back of Motor Supply for several years. Melvin co-owned the pool hall in Sisseton until 1975. He worked at Hortness Implement in Peever as a mechanic from 1975 to 2003 when he retired. Melvin enjoyed his life in retirement keeping busy with fishing, building model airplanes, reading, hunting, spending time with his grandkids, and doing odd jobs for his children.

Melvin is survived by his four children Nola (Huff) Ragan of Peever, SD, Keith (Maxine) Huff, Melvin, Jr (Jill) Huff, and Robert (Kerri) Huff all of Sisseton, SD; sister Arlene (Roy) Cleveland of Sisseton, SD; brother Larry (Arlette) Huff of Mitchell, SD; sister Marilyn (Gene) Hortness of Canton, SD; twelve grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; seven step-daughters, Christine, Dawn, Jessica, Carla, Liz, Cheri and Netrea.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Hulda Huff; one son, Edwin L. Huff; one grandson Edwin A Huff; and one brother, Arlo Huff.

Funeral services for Melvin LaVerne Huff will be held on Monday, February 15th, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sisseton, South Dakota. Pastor Vern Donnell will officiate.
Interment with military rites Buffalo Lake Presbyterian Cemetery.

Organist for the funeral service will be Ember Dady.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 14th, 2016 from 4-5 P.M. at the church. A service will be held at 5:00 P.M. Further visitation will be held on Monday, February 15th at the church from 9-until time of Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M.

Honorary Casket Bearers:Pam Renelt,Joel Hortness,
Allen Jarman,Char Jarman,David Lewis,Karen Janisch
The Peever Community, K & K Coffee Buddies,
all his grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Junior Casket Bearers will be Rylie Huff and Sawyer Huff.

Casket Bearers will be Cody DuMarce,Cody Huff,
Floyd Cleveland, Rodney Huff,Richard Huff, Jay Hortness and Matt Wagner.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Randi Rose Thompson

    You will be greatly missed, by the many lives you’ve touched. Rest in Paradise Grandpa Mel, Love you…

  2. Jake & Myrna Thompson

    Your father was a very kind man and the last place we saw him was at the Fargo VA. We spoke briefly at that time. We are sorry for your loss and the void in life that one’s passing leaves. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


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