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Stewart E. Huffman

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Stewart Edward Huffman

Of Nashville, 79, died peacefully Thursday, at Brown County Health and Living Community after a long battle with a rare disease, Progressive Super-Nuclear Palsy (PSP).

He is well known in the Columbus area community for his long history with The Republic (formerly The Evening Republican) newspaper where he started work as a paperboy in the 1940's and served as its Editor 1972 to 1986. After leaving The Republic, he continued his career for 17 years as a speechwriter and public affairs specialist at the Indiana Statehouse for two Superintendents of Public Instruction, H. Dean Evans and Suellen Reed before retiring in 2003.

Stu was born in Greencastle, Indiana, as the eldest son of Neil and Julia (Fulk) Huffman of Columbus who predeceased him. His siblings, Rebecca Ann Huffman Border, Martha Jane Huffman O'Dell, and John William Huffman also predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Jane Allebaugh Huffman, whom he married in 1967, and one daughter, Amy (Jim) Huffman Oliver, and two grandsons, Abraham James Oliver, and John Stewart Oliver all of Nashville.

Stu graduated from Columbus High School in 1950 and Indiana University in 1956 where he majored in journalism and political science. He was editor of the Indiana Daily Student and a member of the Board of Aeons. Served in the Army 1954-56 in Heidelberg, Germany.

Stu returned to Columbus to work for The Evening Republican newspaper where he was a general reporter and photographer. He became news editor in 1963, managing editor in 1968, and Editor from 1972 until 1986. He was a mentor to many reporters and writers throughout his career.

Arrangements are through Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home in Nashville. Visiting hours will be at Nashville United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 18 from 4:00-7:00 pm and on Monday, November 19 from 11:00am to 1:00 pm. A memorial service will be held at Nashville United Methodist Church Monday at 1:00 p.m.

Memorials in lieu of flowers are requested to be directed to Friends of the Brown County Public Library and NUMC - Boy Scout Troop and Pack 190. Stu's brain tissue was donated to the Cure PSP Foundation for research on the disease.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at:

bondmitchellfuneralhome.com

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 17, 2012
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