from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Charles A. Huffer of Tontitown died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at the age of 70, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Hazen, Ark., on Sept. 28, 1938, to the late Lloyd and Dora Grace (Toll) Huffer.
He was educated in both Hazen and England schools, graduating from England High School in 1956. He attended Arkansas State College in Jonesboro on a music scholarship (1956-59) where he played solo clarinet in the college band and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. While in Jonesboro, Charles joined the Arkansas National Guard. The school year of 1959-60 was spent in Oberlin, Ohio, attending Oberlin College.
Charles then joined the U.S. Army in order to become a member of the Army Security Agency and attended the Army Language School at the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., receiving his diploma in German in June 1961. He was transferred to Berlin where he served in the 78th USASA Special Operations Unit. His time in the 78th in Berlin from July 22, 1961, to Aug. 3, 1963, was regarded by Charles as the finest years of his life. While serving in the 78th he attended the Berlin Freie Universitaet in the summer of 1963.
Upon completion of his duty in Berlin, Charles returned to Arkansas and attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (1963-64) and was awarded a B.A. degree in mathematics. He taught high school math in Plattsburg, Mo. (1964-65). He then returned to the University of Arkansas as a graduate assistant and obtained a M.S. in mathematics. Charles taught one year at Northwestern State College in Alva, Okla. In 1968, he returned to Berlin and obtained a math teaching position at the Berlin American High School, a U.S. Department of Defense school. While in Germany, he was accepted as a member of American Mensa Limited and retained membership for several years. Charles was primarily the principal clarinetist in both the Britzer Blas-Orchester and the Berliner Arzte Orchestra. He remained in Berlin 19 years before returning to the United States, where he settled in Northwest Arkansas.
Charles had a variety of interests, including reading, research, and amateur radio, where he held an Amateur Extra License (call sign NY2X). He was a member of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) and was for many years State Section Director of Northwest Arkansas. Charles did extensive research on his army unit, contacting and interviewing witnesses concerning the history of the U.S. Army in Berlin. This research was carried out on behalf of the Allied Museum in Berlin. His latest research has been on the life of screen star Irene Dunne; however, death prevented him from completing this research.
Charles is survived by his sister, Kay Price and husband, Roger of Conway; brother Billy Huffer of Tennessee, and his long-time girlfriend, Ute Hoefig of Berlin, Germany. He leaves behind four special aunts, Lynne Toll of Tollville, Maxine Toll of Minco, Okla., Martha Huffer of Hazen and Joyce Huffer of Hot Springs, as well as many cousins, friends, and former students.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, Ark. Private family burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at the Carlisle Cemetery in Carlisle, Ark. It was Charles' desire that no flowers be sent or contributions made in his name. The family wishes to express appreciation to Circle of Life Hospice Home in Springdale, Ark., for their care and especially to Charles' nurse, Carrie Stock. She was his shining light during the last months of his life.
31 December 2008
I'm sad to report that Uncle Charles lost his battle with cancer yesterday, December 30, 2008.
I was glad to see his listing here. He was quite a character.
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The Daily Record
17 May 2006
I had planned to attend the reunion in BERLIN and even had a ticket for a three month stay beginning 18 May. I have not felt well since January and I thought I had a hepatitus A infection. I was getting better but I finally decided I better go to the hospital for a check-up. I was kept there from 1 - 9 May and one of the tests revealed I had a cancer in my small intestine. I have a major operation scheduled 23 May. It is called a Whipple Operation. Optimist that I am, I have rescheduled my trip to begin 31 August and end 20 November. So I will miss the reunion.
I hope the reunion turns out great! Best wishes to you all.
Charles A. Huffer
885 Callihan Loop
Springdale, AR 72762
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