Louis John Huber

November 5, 1943May 29, 2018
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Louis J. Huber age 74, of Versailles passed away at 4:15 AM on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Versailles Health Care Center. Louis was born November 5, 1943, in North Star to the late Frank & Hedwig (Schulze) Huber. In addition to his parents, Louis was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane (Hoelscher) Huber on May 11, 2018, whom he married November 26, 1966; siblings, Eleanor & Virgil Schoenlein, Rita & Melvin Stammen, Norbert Huber, Dolores & Lavern Rindler, Herbert & Dorothy Huber, Ruth & Carl Stammen, Dorothy & Othor Barga and Frank Huber; brothers-in-law, Elmer Siefring and Anthony Feltz; and sister-in-law, Susan A. Hoying. Louis is survived by his daughter & son-in-law, Melinda & Eric Barlage of Versailles, granddaughters, Morgan Barlage and Jada Barlage; siblings, Paul & Barbara Huber of North Star, Mildred Siefring of Coldwater and Elizabeth “Betty” Feltz of St. Henry; sister-in-law, Diana Huber of New Weston; brother-in-law, Joseph Hoying of North Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews. Louis retired from St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles where he was a maintenance engineer for 25 years. He formerly worked construction for 15 years and was co-owner with his wife of C & J Café from 1978-1983. Louis was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church and Versailles Eagles #2347. Louis was a member of the Versailles Fire Department for 20 years retiring as a Lieutenant. He loved to golf with Janie, family and friends at Stillwater Valley Golf Course and other planned outings. Louis played baseball in the Western Ohio League for Versailles and Osgood winning many team trophies and played softball for Elson Ford and other teams. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. James S. Duell celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Friday from 3:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles Music Boosters or State of the Heart Care.


  • Visitation Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, June 2, 2018

Louis John Huber

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Louis John Huber was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Louis always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Louis was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

       His parents were Frank and Hedwig Huber. Louis was raised in North Star. Always able to express himself well, Louis possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Louis was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Louis was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Louis was raised with 11 siblings. Eleanor Schoenlein, Rita Stammen, Norbert Huber, Dolores Rindler, Herbert Huber, Ruth Stammen, Dorothy Barga, Frank Huber, Millie Siefring, Elizabeth Feltz, and Paul Huber. Louis had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Louis showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Louis enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He loved to play baseball. Louis' memorable achievements included many baseball and softball team trophies.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Louis was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He graduated from Versailles High School in 1961. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Friends and acquaintances found Louis an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Louis was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. He had many friends. Dan and Nancy Streib, Dick and Pat Gigandet, Larry and Diane Prenger, Jim and Suzanne Wakefield, Jim and Linda Davidson, Tom and Evelyn Frantz, Tim and Peg Summers, Gail and Mona Lou Blakeley, and many more.

       Louis was attentive to Mary Jane's feelings, and he charmed Mary Jane and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Louis was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid himself, Louis identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his child's personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his child acquire added common sense skills. Louis was blessed with one daughter Melinda. They were also blessed with two granddaughters, Morgan and Jada.

      Louis was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Louis’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Louis was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Louis could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was maintenance engineer. He was employed for 25 years for St. Denis Church. He formerly did construction for 15 years, and co-owned C & J Cafe with his wife for 5 years. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Versailles Fire Department for 20 years.

      Louis enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were golfing and following all of his granddaughters activities. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Because he liked to take risks, Louis was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. In high school, Louis played baseball. Recreational sports included golf. Louis was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were baseball and golf.

      Louis was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made him a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which he belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Louis worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout his later years, Louis was an active member of the Versailles Eagles #2347.

      Louis held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church for 50 years. During that time he served as an usher.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Louis truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included anywhere he could golf.

      When Louis’s retirement finally came in 2009, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. In retirement, he found pleasure in golfing, following all of his granddaughters activities, and staying active in church.

      Louis passed away on May 29, 2018 at Versailles Health Care Center. Louis fought a brief battle with suspected Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Melinda and Eric Barlage, granddaughters Morgan and Jada Barlage, brother Paul and Barb Huber, sisters Mildred Siefring and Elizabeth Feltz, sister-in-law Diana Huber, brother-in-law Joseph Hoying, and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held at St. Denis Church. Louis was laid to rest in St. Valbert Cemetery.

      Louis was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Louis had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Louis John Huber.