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David Hufhand, 81, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Kokomo. David was born Oct. 24, 1936, to the late Samuel and Genevieve (Erwin) Hufhand in Wellsville, New York.
David graduated from high school in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, and then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served honorably for four years. David's primary occupation in the Air Force was a radio control operator. While he was enlisted, David was stationed in France and that is where he met the love of his life, Marina Patronoff, whom he married in 1959. Marina preceded David in death June 8, 1998.
Following his military service, David and Marina lived in Yuma, Arizona, for four years and David worked as a banker. They moved to Tipton, Indiana, in 1965, and David obtained a business certificate from Indiana Business College in Kokomo. In the summer of 1965, David discovered that he had multiple sclerosis, which limited many of his physical abilities through the rest of his life.
David was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tipton, Indiana. He was one of the first members of the Haworth Booster Club and was very charitable to that organization. He also belonged to the John Purdue Club, and was an avid fan of Purdue Boilermaker athletics. He also enjoyed woodworking projects and investing.
David is survived by his three children, Katia (Mike) Kaufman, Debbie (Greg) Scheller, and Mike Hufhand; brother, Dr. Lawrence Hufhand; granddaughter, Michelle Merryman; great-granddaughters, Abbee Merryman and Emeree Simpson; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, David was preceded in death by his siblings, James Hufhand, Leland Hufhand, and Marcella Armrose.
There will be a public visitation for David from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 20, at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, with a funeral service at noon. David will then be laid to rest with military honors at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in David's name may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.
David's family wishes to acknowledge and thank the staff members at Welbrooke of Kokomo for their generous caregiving.
Published on January 17, 2018
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