TILTON ” Russell “Buster” Lourance Huff, 88, of Tilton, Illinois passed away at 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
Russell was born on Feb. 26, 1923, in Danville to Arthur Victor and Mary Elizabeth Manuel Huff.
He married Winifred “Winnie” Louise Crawley on Oct. 17, 1945, in Danville. She preceded him in death on Oct. 4, 2009.
Surviving are one son, Robert (Rita) Huff of Catlin; one daughter, Linda Trickle of Tilton, a CNA who cared for her dad at home; and granddaughter, Lisa Bogard; two half sisters, Gertrude Switzer and Bobbi Bazzetti of Marion; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Maxine Jennings; and his nephew, Joe Bazzetti.
Russell served as a B.A.R. man in the U.S. Marines PFC from 1943-1945, stationed in San Diego, Calif., and was proud to be a Marine Raider. He earned a Purple Heart during World War II, serving in the 1st Battalion and was a qualified sharp shooter and a qualified bayonet.
Russell worked at Elliott Millwork Lumber Company for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 44 for 70 years. He was a Danville Auxiliary Police Officer. He enjoyed lumber work.
Graveside services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, at the National Cemetery, Danville, Illinois with full military honors by the Catlin American Legion.
Memorials to the U.S. Marine Raider Foundation. Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements.