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James D. Huff of Phelps, formerly of Alvin, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Lillian Kerr Healthcare by Rennes in Phelps. He was 89.

He was born July 9, 1923, in Elton, the son of Nathaniel and Nellie (née Puckett) Huff.

Mr. Huff was unable to enter the military due to health reason. During World War II, he worked with the Civil Service to clean up Pearl Harbor. 

He owned and operated Eversharp from 1956 to 1985. Mr. Huff also invented the valve-seat cutting tool for Briggs and Stratton.

After retiring, he moved to northern Wisconsin. Mr. Huff had a pilot’s license and at one time owned three planes.

In his retirement years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his Harley-Davidson. Mr. Huff also enjoyed safari hunting trips in Africa.

Mr. Huff was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Beatrice, Lucy and Viola; and five brothers, Elmer, Leonard, Verlon, Odes and Earl.

He is survived by one daughter, Olivia Yanko of Willow Springs, Mo.; two sons, Mark (Sharon) of Wales and Matthew of Phelps; former wife, Sally of Phelps; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchldren; and two sisters-in-law, Noreen Huff of Tampa Bay, Fla., and Ruth Huff of Joplin, Mo.

Private graveside services were held at the Lakeview Cemetery in Alvin.

Weber-Hill Funeral Home of Crandon assisted the family with the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 4:05 PM


+1 #1 2012-12-04 01:07
Dear Huff Family, We knew Jim as he was a member of Eagle Riders Motorcycle group in Eagle River, Wi. He was a great man to know. We were in awe that he continued to ride his Harley being the oldest member of our group! One of you contacted us during his recovery from that awful accident. I was able to update the town of his wonderful recovery recording a message at the Eagle River radio station that the news man played several times. We don't get the newspaper, but, do check obituaries once in a while. That is why this note is rather late in coming to you. We are sure you have some wonderful memories and those are what is important during this time. Know that we have said a prayer for Jim and all of you as well.

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