Funeral Services for Eldon J. Hueftle will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Holdrege, Nebraska with Reverend Kenton Birtell and Vicar Dan Wiese officiating. Interment will be held following the services at the Moses Hill Cemetery in rural Phelps County, Nebraska with military honors provided by Martin-Horn American Legion Post #66 in conjunction with the United States Navy Military Honors Team.
Eldon Joel Hueftle was born on October 20, 1931, in Eustis, Nebraska, the second of three children born to August and Lillian (Halbgewachs) Hueftle. He attended primary school in Eustis until 1943 when he moved with his family to a farm north of Loomis and attended grade school at the Snowball Country School north of Loomis and then attended Loomis High School, graduating with the class of 1950.
Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as Boatswain’s Mate Third Class from December 30, 1950 until October 12, 1954, when he received his Honorable Discharge. He was stationed in San Diego, California and served on the U.S.S. Mt. McKinley where he was stationed in Hawaii, Japan, Korea, and several other small islands. He truly enjoyed his time in the service. After returning home, he engaged in farming with his father north of Loomis.
On August 14, 1955, he was united in marriage to Joanne Louise Latter of Minden, Nebraska at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minden and to this union three children were born: Mark, Vicki and Shelly. The family continued farming on the family farm until Eldon’s retirement in 1994, when he and Joanne moved into Holdrege.
Eldon was baptized and confirmed at the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Holdrege on December 25, 1955, and has been a loyal member ever since. He has served as an usher, Elder, Trustee, Sunday school teacher and President of the congregation as well as several additional church boards. He received the Outstanding Farmer Award in 1966 from the Nebraska Jaycees, and was also involved on several agriculture boards. He was a 4-H leader of the Loomis Livestock Club for many years while his children were involved in 4-H and Eldon was also a member of the Martin-Horn American Legion Post #66. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and family, especially fishing and camping.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife of 58 years, Joanne of Holdrege; one son, Mark Hueftle and his wife, Kathy of Holdrege; two daughters: Vicki Morrell and her husband, Jack of Arthur, Nebraska and Shelly Anderson and her husband, Perry of Holdrege; two grandsons: Aaron Hueftle and his wife, Kate of Omaha, Nebraska and Tyson Morrell of Arthur; four granddaughters: Hannah Wendell and her husband, Joe of Smithfield, Nebraska, Haley Nunes and her husband, Darryl of Aurora, Colorado, Hilary Anderson and her special friend, Jeff Crumrine both of Kearney, and Mallory Morrell of Arthur; two great-grandchildren: Dylan and Ashlyn Wendell of Smithfield; sisters-in-law: Jacquelyn Stroup of Holdrege and Joyce Woodman and her husband, Larry of Kenesaw, Nebraska; brothers-in-law: Larry Latter and his wife, Debra and Ron Latter and his wife, Monica all of Wilcox, Nebraska; one uncle, Harold Halbgewachs of Cozad, Nebraska; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Elaine Hemphill and her husband, Doyle and brother, Ron Hueftle.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.
A memorial has been established in Eldon’s honor and is kindly suggested to the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church of Holdrege.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.