OBITUARY

Roger Bernard Huhman

September 4, 1946April 4, 2021
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Roger Huhman, 74, of Columbia Missouri passed away peacefully and surrounded by family Sunday, April 4, 2021, after a rapid decline in general health. He is survived by his loving wife Alice (Todd) Huhman; sons, Todd Huhman (Hannah) of Seattle WA, and Jeff Huhman (Lindsey) of Cheyenne WY; 3 grandsons, Camden, McKinley, and Jesse. Other survivors include his brothers and sisters, Fred J. Huhman Jr. (Jacqueline) of Jefferson City, Marian Huhman (David Buchner) of Seattle WA, Joyce Blomberg (Butch) of St. Elizabeth MO, Grace Bogert (James) of Columbia, Jane Franey (Steve) of Portland OR, and David Huhman (Leila) of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Zita Huhman of Tuscumbia, MO, and sister, Carol Huhman of Columbia. Many nieces and nephews, and friends in the Columbia area will also remember him fondly.

Roger was born September 4, 1946, on the family farm near Tuscumbia. He attended St. Elizabeth Public Schools and the University of Missouri, Columbia. After graduating from MU, he was drafted into the Army and proudly served in Vietnam and stateside in the Army Security Agency. Upon completing his service to the country, he returned to Columbia where he became a custom cabinet designer for Philips & Co. Every drive through the neighborhoods of Columbia was punctuated by Roger’s comments on the houses for which he had supplied the cabinets and lights. His career at Philips extended 35+ years.

Roger had an innate curiosity about things mechanical and natural. As a young man, he had a talent for finding Indian artifacts in the caves and areas around central Missouri that he explored with his best friend, Dale Doerhoff. He loved to dismantle anything with moving parts - from locks to motorcycles - and restore them to better than before. He was also a skilled woodworker, furnishing his home with items he crafted in his workshop. As his future Eagle Scout sons were growing up, Roger became involved in the Scouts as an adult leader and chef for campouts. Many of the Troop 4 adult leaders enjoyed full-course meals prepared on contraptions he had fabricated.

Roger enjoyed traveling with his family, both nearby with weekend fishing trips to Truman Lake and world-wide on cruises and other excursions. He was always on the lookout for a good deal, and his philosophy of “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” held him in good stead throughout his life. In his later years, Roger had an informal venture repairing light fixtures and lamps. Many an antique lamp was returned to working order through his efforts.

A visitation will be held Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10:00 am, both at Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors. The family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and good thoughts at this time.

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  • Todd Huhman
  • Hannah Huhman
  • Jeff Huhman
  • Lindsey Huhman
  • Dave Huhman
  • Tom Kyd
  • Larry Carter
  • Dale Doerhoff

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

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Brent Brown

April 15, 2021

Alice, I am so sorry to hear that we lost Roger. As you know Roger and I worked together at Philips and Company as did you. Roger taught me a lot and he was on great person.

Annette Dumas

April 13, 2021

So sorry to hear of your loss, Alice. Sending prayers for you and your family.

Jane Denham

April 12, 2021

Oh Alice . . . I'm so sorry to hear this. Hope you and your family are doing okay and find joy in the memories you had with Roger.

Ruth Tofle

April 10, 2021

My sympathies to the family.
I first met Roger when he helped me as a client many years ago. Later I realized he was also a neighbor on West Briarwood.
Since working at Philips, he also reworked several lamps for me to have them come alive.
I know Roger was honest, hard working, and had a great sense of humor to make the world a better place. He will be missed. May the wonderful memories of his life continue to be with you in your hearts. my best, Ruth Brent Tofle

Catherine Placzek

April 7, 2021

I met, cousin, Roger Huhman, for the first time at the Huhman family reunion. He was a take charge guy and helped make things run smoothly.
His parents, Fred & Zita, were close with my parents, Emil & Theresa Huhman in NE.
He will be missed.
Catherine Huhman Placzek

Linsey Williams

April 7, 2021

It was my good pleasure to have lived with Roger for about 8 years. Roger was a role model and wonderful teacher to me. I have often thought that Roger was that older brothers that I didn't have. Our world needs more "Rogers"! He will be missed by family and all who were fortunate enough to have known him. I thank God that I was one of those

Linda Watson

April 6, 2021

Sending prayers to Alice and family about the loss of Roger. He was a special husband and father. I will be forever grateful for Roger fixing my moms grandfather clock after she died. It hadn’t chimed for what seemed like forever, and yet he got it fixed. I will now think of Roger and my mom each time it chimes. Thank you for your special talents Roger. May you Rest In Peace.

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