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James Madison Huffman


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Date: 12/3/2017 at 22:25:57

The Marion Sentinel Thursday February 10, 1916
Obituary of J.M. Huffman
J. M. Huffman was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, October 31, 1830, and died at his home in Marion, Iowa, Feb. 1, 1916, aged 85 years and three months. He was a son of Joseph and Mary Huffman, and one of a family of ten children, four sons and six daughters, he being the fifth born and last surviving member of the family. On June 15, 1856, he was married to Amelia A. Bunting, and with team and wagon came overland to Iowa, settling first on what is now known as the Robert Stinson farm, northwest of Marion. He remained in this neighborhood until 1862, when he bought the homestead farm four miles east of Marion, which was his home until his death. He was the father of seven children, six daughters and one son, the son Oran, dying when two years old. The daughters all survive him and live near or in Marion, except one. Fifteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren also mourn the death of a loving grandfather. The daughters are Delia, wife of Samuel Miller; Mary, wife of W.M. Howe; Eva, wife of Chas. Nash; Miss Lenna Huffman, Miss Zula Huffman, all of or near Marion; and Lucy B., wife of Howard Marshall, of Minneapolis, Minn.
Mr. Huffman's wife died Sept. 3, 1908, and deprived of her companionship, who had been a helpmate indeed for more than half a century, life lost, to a large extent, its incentive; and her sacred resting place in "God's Acre" became a holy shrine to which he made his weekly, often daily, pilgrimages. His devotion and faithfulness to her memory was constant, but not without pathos. All that human love and tenderness could do, was his in double measure through the ministry of his two unmarried daughters, Misses Lenna and Zula, who had considered no sacrifice too great for their father and mother in their declining years; but the loss of "Mother" left him desolate and comfortless, though he tried bravely to show his appreciation of the devotion of family and friends by cheerfulness and resignations, saying very often, "I will do the best I can."
For several months Mr. Huffman had been in failing health, with no marked disease and little pain, but just a gradual weakening from advanced years. He was an unassuming man, without pretension, always modest, composed, refined. He was a man of good judgment, broad charity and kindly spirit. He believed in old fashioned honor and honesty and his word was as good as his bond and his character above reproach. By economy and industry he provided for his growing family and the probable need of old age, and every dollar he acquired was honestly obtained.
He was a man of positive convictions, fixed opinions and established rules of conduct, yet never offensive nor contentious in their defense or promotion.
He was a devoted husband and father, a good husband, a loyal friend, a student and believer in the Bible, a man of pure life and clean lips, performing every duty of life quietly and patiently, cordial without pretense, sincere without affliction, in truth a Christian without profession.
His years were indeed a crown on honor and his death but the completion of a life work well done.
The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon of last week at the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. MacDonald, of Manchester, a former pastor, assisted by the present preacher, Rev. J.M. Wilson.


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