William D. "Bill" Hufford

July 2, 1948March 10, 2014
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William Douglas Hufford Urbandale

William D. “Bill” Hufford, 65, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 10, 2014 at his home in Urbandale. Celebration of life services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines.

Bill was born July 2, 1948 in Des Moines to William and Jean (Gerber) Hufford. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1966, served in the Navy during the Vietnam Conflict and went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Dakota, where he played football. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, softball, biking, cooking, networking, and spending time with family and his granddaughter, Amelia. He was a 30+ year supporter of the Iowa Hawkeyes and was a member of the I-Club.

Bill was extremely passionate about life, family, friends and business. He had a big heart, always giving and putting others before himself. Bill was a great story teller, always telling jokes, making people laugh and was an inspiration to many.

Bill is survived by his wife of 36 years, Rosemary of Urbandale; three children, Jessica (Bradley) Duchac of Edmond, OK, Sarah (Nick) Knute of Waukee and Christopher J. Hufford of Union City, CA; granddaughter, Amelia; six siblings, Steve (Gwen) Hufford of Anchorage, AK, Connie (Phil) Kauzlarich of Des Moines, Gary (Pamelda) Hufford of Des Moines, Jim (Karen) Hufford of West Des Moines, Lisa Hufford of West Des Moines and Lori (Shane) Quinters of Coon Rapids, MN; step-mother, Betty Hufford of Tulsa, OK; mother-in-law, Amelia Giudicessi of West Des Moines as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, John Giudicessi.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines with a prayer service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the John Stoddard Cancer Center.


  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 14, 2014
  • Visitation Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • Prayer Service Thursday, March 13, 2014

William D. "Bill" Hufford

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Janette Nielsen

March 21, 2014

Sarah, I just heard about your dad. I know there are no words that can sooth your pain, but please know I am thinking of you and your family.

March 17, 2014

Rose, we are so sorry for your loss. We are blessed to be 'related' through marriage to the Washinowski's--and that kind of makes us 'related' to your family too. So glad to have met you and Bill in Florida at a very special wedding! You are in our prayers. Martin and Jeanie Sonnenfeld

Christine Taggart

March 16, 2014

Dear Rose, I am so sorry to hear about Bill's passing. I spoke to him not to long ago and if I had had any idea it would be the last time, I would have told him what an incredible person he was and what an inspiration he was to me and so many others. I am so sad for you and your family and wish you comfort and grace.

March 15, 2014

Dear Rose - I was in disbelief when Tod told me Bill had passed away. He had a presence that was larger than life and a heart to go with it. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Peace and blessings - Diane

Martie Wynne

March 14, 2014

Please accept my sincere condolences. Bill will be missed even by those who only knew him in recent years through Facebook. I hope your wonderful memories are a small consolation in your grief. Martie Wynne

Brad Carre

March 14, 2014

To Bill's family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a great man, always trying to make someone laugh! Playing cards with Bill was especially fun because he never really cared if he won, he was just there for the friendships! You will be missed my friend!

Ron McPherson

March 14, 2014

Dear Rose and Family,
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family at the loss of Bill. He was a great man, friend and mentor to me and I owe him a debt of gratitude for being the kind person that he was as I would not be where I am today if it were not for him and he will always have a place in my heart and will never be forgotten. I had recently been thinking about getting in touch with him and wish I had. I had hoped to attend the visitation, but due to me needing to help my wife with finishing getting things ready for her mother's memorial service whom had passed away this past Saturday and is also being held the same day and time as Bill's, I was not able to make it there, however, I will keep you in my prayers.

March 14, 2014

Bill will be missed more then words can say, he was a father figure & friend to both his siblings & other kids in the neighborhood. He took on this roll when circumstances brought this fourth & never compromised or complained. He made sure we were raised right. The world also lost a Navy Corpsman, A Marines best Friend, there is no replacement for that. Rose & family we love you. Kip & Tracy

March 13, 2014

Bill was such a wonderful inspiration to me and a shining example of God's love. My thoughts and prayers to Rose and the entire family. Jim Mooney

Blair Marie Wheatcraft

March 13, 2014

To the whole Hufford family. I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you all, and sending positivity & love to you all also. Stay strong.
Blair Marie Wheatcraft