Frank Huff

Feb 10th, 1915 - Nov 6th, 2017


Blue Funeral Home (Goreville)

Fri, Nov. 10th, 2017 5pm-8pm


Blue Funeral Home (Goreville)

Sat, Nov. 11th, 2017 2pm

Frank Huff

Goreville-Frank Huff, 102, passed away on Monday, November 6, 2017 at the CLC at the VA Medical Center.

Frank was born on February 10, 1915, about 40 miles west of Nashville, TN to Mitchell and Lizzie (Keith) Huff. When he was two, the family moved to Southern Illinois, settling in the Goreville area.  His parents had five more children; George, Andy, Lawrence, Myrtle and Dora Lee.

In 1940 Frank married Velda Tripp and together they shared 30 years of marriage till her passing in 1974. Frank would say that he fooled her but could never fool anyone else.

Frank served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He went to Europe to fight and was wounded in Belgium and received a Purple Heart.  All four of the Huff brothers saw combat in WWII.

Frank was a farmer and enjoyed horseback trail riding, fox hunting and dancing. He loved spending time with his friends and family.

Survivors include:

Daughter-Barbara Jean (Michael) Brown

Grandsons-Russell (Tamra) Kelly and Eric (Khara) Kelly

Great grandchildren:

Zak Kelly

Angelina Kelly

Madison Kelly

Kaydence Kelly

Will Kelly

Brother-Andy (Beaulah) Huff

Nephews-Mike Harris and Gary Harris

Nieces-Teresa Boaz, Dorothy Brookes, Debbie Estes and Beverly Alvstad

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; three brothers and two sisters

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2pm at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville with Rev. R.G. Null officiating. Burial will follow at Cana Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by the Johnson County VFW with assistance from the National Guard.  Visitation will be on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 5pm-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Cana Cemetery or Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/PO Box 411/Marion, IL 62959

13 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Robin Turner

    From: Mount Vernon, Illinois

    Date: November 7, 2017

    Frank will be dearly missed. I’m glad I got to have that last dance in Oct. with him at the VA home. I always enjoyed listing to his stories. Prayers for family.

  • Guest: Cindi Nichols Swinehart

    From: Tunnel Hill, Illinois

    Date: November 7, 2017

    When I first came to southern Illinois, I rode with Frank in the Shawnee.
    He even came to my house and had Thanksgivings one year.
    I remember seeing Frank dance out at Scenic Ridge.
    RIP my friend

  • Guest: bob jenkins

    From: , Texas

    Date: November 8, 2017

    I will mis a good friend and wont ever for get him

  • Guest: Alleisha Schuetz-Dryden

    From: Makanda, Illinois

    Date: November 8, 2017

    I will always cherish the memories we shared. We rode many of miles together. I send my dearest condolences to his family and friends may God wrap his loving arms around you during this time. Frank Happy Trails to you till we meet again!!!

  • Guest: Arthur Underwood

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: November 8, 2017

    Frank has been my neighbor for the 42 years Ive been alive never will forget the time I was riding my horse up the road and seen a truck coming closer it got the more it started driving straight at me it was. Frank run me on the horse completely in the ditch stopped backed up and said son sorry I didn’t see you there

  • Guest: Gail Dooley Mooreb

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: November 8, 2017

    Sorry for your loss. RIP

  • Guest: Everett harris

    From: Rockport, Texas

    Date: November 9, 2017

    Frank, you were always good to me and I still loved catching bluegill out of your pond and hauling hay for you. Have a good one my friend.

  • Guest: Harold and Kathryn Ewing Family

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: November 9, 2017

    Deepest sympathies to you.

  • Guest: Gary and Pamela Harris

    From: Bakersfield, California

    Date: November 9, 2017

    You will always be remembered with love, happiness, respect and honor. Gary and I love you very much !!! You set an example for many others to follow. Your service in WWll will never be forgotten. Your funny sense of humor and the smile on your face will stay long in our hearts forever, keeping your memories fresh and alive…rest in comfort and eternal peace, until we see you again. Love Gary & Pam Harris

  • Guest: Reba Davis

    From: Carbondale, Illinois

    Date: November 9, 2017

    Frank was a great guy. He will be missed. Sorry for your loss.

  • Guest: Paula spidle

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: November 9, 2017

    What a great loss. A legacy . Known for his dancing.What a rich life 102. Amazing.. RIP

  • Guest: howard hiller

    From: Fair Play, SC, South Carolina

    Date: November 9, 2017

    Barbara and family, I am sorry for the loss of your dad.

  • Guest: Deborah Retz,( Stokes)

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: November 10, 2017

    My deepest condolences …I have known Frank for a long time. He would come into the Dinner Bell that my parents ( Wendel and Helen Stokes) owned…always enjoyed waiting on Frank at the restaurant. Frank even came to my wedding 35 years ago and danced up a storm….He was a very good man , enjoyed life and enjoyed his farm. The town of Goreville has lost a wonderful person …he will be deeply missed…