Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 5, 2014

James 'Jim' R. Huff

TRAVERSE CITY — James R. Huff, 78, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Munson Hospice House.

James was born Feb. 27, 1935, in Grand Rapids, to the late Lavern and Lilah (Gibson) Huff. He was married to Cathrine Cross on May 25, 1963, in Dearborn.

Jim graduated from Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School in 1953. He lettered in football, track and tennis. Jim attended Aquinas College in 1953-1954 and 1957-1958, majoring in pre-engineering.

His schooling was interrupted by his honorably serving in the United States Army from 1954 to ‘56.

Jim then earned a BSE from University of Michigan in 1961 and his Master of Arts from Central Michigan in 1978.

He was employed with Mobil Oil from 1961 to ‘62. Jim retired from Chrysler Corp. after 34 years as manager of Printing and General Service.

Jim was past president and board member of POM II Condo Association in Traverse City, past president and member of Grand Traverse Kiwanis Club and member of Traverse City Golf and Country Club and the Elks Lodge. Jim organized the Chrysler Retirees’ Luncheon. He was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, member of Usher Club and St. Francis Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel.

Jim enjoyed golf, skiing and gardening.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Cathrine; a son, Patrick (Regina) Huff, of Traverse City; a granddaughter, Chrystal Barnard; a great-granddaughter, Madison Lee; two brothers, Bob (MaryKay) Huff, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tom Huff, of Grand Rapids; a sister-in-law, Marylou Cross; and brother-in-law, Paul Cross. Also surviving are four nephews and a niece.

A funeral Mass honoring James will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 720 Second St. The Rev. Fr. Anthony Citro will officiate. Friends are welcome to visit with Jim’s family on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a rosary recitation at 7 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider donations to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Jim’s family at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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