Richard L. Huff
Mr. Richard Lloyd Huff, 95, of Waynesboro, VA, passed Friday, October 13, 2023.
Richard (Dick) Huff was born on March 21, 1928, in Lewisburg, WV, and was the son of Lester L. Huff and E. Mazzey Beard Huff. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Betty Lee Brown Huff; his parents; his sisters, Ruth Janka of Cincinnati, OH, Sue Ballard and Joanne Knicely of White Sulphur Springs, WV.
Survivors include his two children, Charmaine German of Raleigh, NC, and Brian Huff and partner, Marlys Armstrong, of Dallas, TX; and grandson, Jackson Huff, also of Dallas; his brother, Bill Huff of White Sulphur Springs, WV; sisters, Lee Armstrong of Staunton, VA, and Phyllis Taylor of White Sulphur Springs, WV; and sister-in-law, Dee Brown of Fairlea, WV.
Dick was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather. He spent his last day tending to his ornamental garden at his home in Waynesboro. In his most senior years, one of his joys was the garden and getting out for exercise and fresh air.
Dick’s youth was spent in Greenbrier County, WV, with his grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and six siblings. As a teenager, he supervised German POWs in and around White Sulphur Springs, WV; served as an assistant to the Project Manager overseeing the restoration of The Greenbrier Hotel, after it was used to house German POWs and interned Japanese citizens during WWII; and he was the student body President of his class at White Sulphur High School in 1946.
Dick Huff obtained his B.S. Chemistry degree from the West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1950, and then served in the U.S. Army as a pharmacist in a MASH Unit during the Korean War. After completing his service, he obtained his Masters of Science degree from West Virginia University in 1956. Upon graduation from WVU, he began his four decade career with DuPONT Corporation.
While employed with DuPont, Dick served in various technical and supervisory positions in New York, Waynesboro, VA, South Carolina, Northern Ireland, The Netherlands, Australia, and China. Of all Dick’s great accomplishments, marrying Betty Lee Brown of Renick, WV, had the biggest impact on his life. They met as children through family connections in Renick. As Dick’s wife, Betty created loving and supportive households on three different continents and ably held down the fort in Waynesboro while he served DuPont in China.
When stationed in Waynesboro, VA, Dick and Betty were active members of the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro.
A gathering of family and friends will take place in the Old Stone Room at Carnegie Hall, 611 Church St., Lewisburg, WV, 24901, on Friday, October 20th, 2023, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dick and Betty Brown Huff Memorial, Greenbrier 4-H Foundation Fund, P.O. Box 1682, Lewisburg, WV 24901, or by phone at 304-645-5620.
McDow Funeral Home in Waynesboro, VA, is assisting the family.
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