Gary Cecil Huffman

November 10, 1937January 5, 2019

Gary Cecil Huffman, age 81, passed away on January 5, 2019. He graduated from Haslett High School in 1955 and spent the next two years serving in the U.S. Army as an anti-aircraft specialist. Gary and his high school sweetheart, June Marr, were married nearly 62 years and raised three children. After leaving the Army, Gary worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for 38 years.

Gary was a family man above all else and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Gary was an active man who enjoyed bowling, golfing, biking, and walking.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Leota Huffman and brothers-in-law, Gordon Smith, Russell Holliday, and William Hunt. Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife, June; sons, David (Lisa) Huffman and Mathew Huffman; daughter, Paula Huffman; sisters, Janet Holliday and Phyllis Hunt; grandchildren, Alisha, Madison and Mitchell; one great-granddaughter, Samara; sisters-in-law, Jean Schaibly-Smith, Judith Marr, and Janyth Sherman; brother-in-law, Allen (Judith) Marr; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at 12:00 pm to be followed by a memorial service at 1:00 pm on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greater Lansing Food Bank, PO Box 16224, Lansing, MI 48901 or Sparrow Hospice Services, 1210 West Saginaw St, Lansing, MI 48915.

Memories and condolences may be shared at


  • Greater Lansing Food Bank
  • Sparrow Hospice Services


  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, January 10, 2019

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Ron Ray

January 13, 2019

Many sports⚽🏀🏈⚾ activities, sharing classes and graduating from Haslett High. Our kids were in school together too. So many times were shared. May you have peace. God's love to family. Ron &Judi

The Rodgers Sisters

January 10, 2019

Although, we did not know Mr. Huffman that well, my sisters and I have had the pleasure of knowing Paula all our lives. She’s been our mom’s closest friend and we are praying for Paula and the rest of her family through this tough time. We love you so much Paula!

Erin Lynch

January 9, 2019

I worked with Gary for around 13 years. USGS was my first professional job out of college. Gary was my mentor and became a friend. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to introduce me to a career I've now been in for 30 years. Gary taught me technical skills but more importantly he taught me people skills. He taught me to talk to everyone. Everyone's voice counts and can help you to understand a site/project. I've taken that advice forward to all aspects of my life. One fun memory...I remember he and I regularly going to Kalamazoo for a project with MDOT and religiously hitting a particularly good bakery maybe a mile from the site. I could always find coffee in the field, he could always find exceptional baked goods. He was such a generous man. I was so privileged to know him. He is most certainly in a good place now. To his dear family and friends, may your memories of him bring you comfort.

Norman Grannemann

January 9, 2019

Gary and I worked together at USGS for almost 20 years. During that time, he taught me a lot about the craft of groundwater studies that seemed so easy to him but complicated to me. His guidance was personal as well as technical and it included patiently correcting my mistakes with a calmness that wasn’t always merited. I don’t recall ever seeing him rattled. That calm demeanor helped everyone he worked with settle into a work ethic that let us finish our work efficiently and left time to appreciate the companionship that resulted. He began a Christmas Eve day breakfast tradition at our office that has continued for over 25 years so USGS folks who never knew Gary continue to be influenced by him. You simply could not help but like Gary. We USGS comrades will miss him.

Michelle Jenks-DeLeon

January 9, 2019

I am so sorry to hear the loss of Gary. I grew up two streets over from all of you until you moved. He was a very nice man to me when I would come over to play with Paula when were in grade school. Cherish the memories you have with him. They are very important. Your whole family really has been blessed with such a great man. My sincere condolences to all of you from myself and my family.🙏

Gail Eitniear-Perkins

January 8, 2019

I worked with Gary many years at the Geological Survey...along with his Mom...Leota...such special people....have many warm memories of working with them...may God give peace and comfort to the family as they go through these days...Blessings!!!!

Steve and Barb Musselman

January 7, 2019

Our sincere condolences go out to Gary's family and friends. I was a 1955 classmate of Gary, and with such a small class , we were all members of a close family. I had the opportunity to visit with Gary, a few weeks ago. He was alert and we shared old memories. So sorry to learn of his passing, but hopefully will provide some degree of comfort for June and his family.

Jillian Peters

January 7, 2019

Dear June,

Gary was an amazing man with a smile that was contagious. He was a natually happy guy, who's light shined bright for all to see. Gary brought joy to my life and memories that I will forever cherish. I will think back upon you both when I need to be reminded of the wonderful people this world is made of. I am sorry for your loss and your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Love Always- Jillian

Kim Grisworld

January 6, 2019

Aunt June, David, Paula & Matt, I am so sorry for your loss! My you find comfort in your many wonderful memories. Love, Kim

Rose McGowan-Mix

January 6, 2019

Gary was a wonderful man. I'm blessed to have had the chance to work with him at USGS.

June, I'm very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Praying for God to carry you through the tough days ahead and bless you with wonderful memories to make you smile.