Duane "Slim" Cornelius Huskin

May 25, 1934April 25, 2021

Duane Cornelius Huskin, known as Slim by many, passed away Sunday April 25,2021. He was born May 25, 1934 in Filbert, Pennsylvania to Margaret Burk Huskin and Ray Kelly Huskin, the youngest of 11 children all of whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Patricia Allen Huskin, and his first wife, Lola Harris Beaver, the mother of his children. Duane is survived by six children, Shelly Roush (Otis) of Hawkins, Texas, Michael Huskin of Vonore, Tennessee, Phillip Huskin (Regena), Gregory Huskin (Kristen), Tammy Bland (Tommy), all of Tampa, Florida, and Steven Huskin (Amy) of Madison Heights, Virginia; step-children, Michael Campbell (Chere) of Lakeland, Florida and Roberta Campbell of Thonotosassa, Florida; 17 grandchildren; 24 great- grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, close friends; and one special friend, Michael McKinney of Lynchburg, Virginia.

Duane worked in the coal mines in West Virginia for 7 years before moving to Florida with five small children and the hope of a better life. In Tampa he worked as a maintenance technician for Thatcher Glass for twenty years and also operated two gas stations at different times during those years. He then moved to Warner Robins, Ga. to serve as cold end maintenance manager at Midland Glass for five years. Simplimatic Engineering Company brought he and Pat to Va. where he served as a Service Technician and retired as Service Manager after 18 years. After retirement, he and Pat owned Custom Design Vertical Binds and later Seven Hills Service and Installation. Travel was a constant joy of Duane and Pat and they were Members of the Christian Motorcycle Association for many years. The two of them traveled the U.S. on their motorcycle and had tales to share of their adventures. He has seen all 50 states and many countries. Duane also co-owned and operated a 150 Cessna airplane. He was a lover of airplanes, motorcycles, vintage cars, and Old Milwaukee for many years.

A graveside service will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021 in Sunset Memory Gardens,Thonotosassa, Florida.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Beginnings Tabernacle, 1886 S. Coolwell Rd. Madison Heights, VA 24572.


  • New Beginnings Tabernacle


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021


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Jim Parker

April 28, 2021

Slim was a honorable and compassionate man. Always willing to give his best in everything he undertook. He was one of the finest employees we ever had at Simplimatic. Rest In Peace Slim.

Marie Pimperl

April 28, 2021

To the Huskin Family:
Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories extends its heartfelt condolences. Our sympathy and thoughts are with you.
Marie Pimperl,
Director of First Impressions

Bernie Tipton

April 28, 2021

Slim was one of the nicest people I have ever worked with. I had great respect for his knowledge and expertise and always appreciated his good advice. Slim was very special.

I first met Slim in 1974 in Mansfield MA. Owens Illinois had built a new glass plant in Mansfield and I was installing the material handling and automation equipment. We had purchased Simplimatic case packers. Slim was Simplimatic’s service tech and was at the plant to start up the case packers. After a few days Slim had the case packers ready to operate. He had made some adjustments to the guiderails and the transfers into the packer and was just waiting for us to start producing glass.

Because this was a new plant, we had almost no experienced people to help operate the equipment. When we started to produce the glass bottles, we had numerous problems. One of the major problems was with the ABC case set up machines that assembled the boxes from a knock down corrugated. The case set up machines would run for a short period of time, but then jam. Slim asked me if I would like him to fix the case set up machines even though they were not manufactured by Simplimatic. These machines had to operate properly, so I told Slim any help he could give us would be appreciated. The next thing I knew Slim had partially disassembled the machine, replaced vacuum cups and other components, reassembled the machines and they were working fine.

Rex Vaughn

April 27, 2021

I had the great privelege of working with Slim back in the Simplimatic days. One of the best. He taught the virtue of humility to this “Big Mouth Yankee” (his words on a very large toothbrush!), a lesson I am eternally grateful for. If Slim and Sammy hook up, watch out! They will fix everything upstairs.

Dianne Foster

April 27, 2021

Deepest sympathies to you all. Slim was an awesome, kind gentleman and a friend to all. He was a coworker of my late husband, Sonny Foster, who also recently passed, at Simplimatic for many, many years. May God give you comfort and peace.

Matthew Bucherati

April 27, 2021

I was a customer of Slim for many years in the beverage business. He did major service and installations of equipment for me. Slim was a gentleman to work with and always a joy. In a business that is very often fast paced and stressful, Slim always made me smile and laugh. He was one of the greats. I will miss this good man!

My prayers to his family for their loss.


Robert Anderson

April 27, 2021

I will miss him greatly. I’ll miss sharing cookies, talking about the old Harley days, and the old work days. He was an awesome man.

Keith Saunders

April 25, 2021

I worked at Simplimatic Engineering back in the 70's and 80's. "Slim" was a real piece of work. May God rest your soul my friend. You were always a mentor and a great friend. I hooked "Slim" up with a new version of a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide. He loved that bike so much. I'll never forget him or those days.