Theodore Wayne Huber, Jr. (Ted) was born to Theodore Wayne Huber, Sr. and Georgia Lee Owen Huber in New Albany, Ind., Sept. 3, 1941. He passed away on Jan. 29, 2014, after a long, courageous battle with lung disease.
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As a boy, he was active in Boy Scouts and started his love of photography. After graduation from New Albany High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. During the last year of his enlistment, while stationed in Hawaii, he met Ellen Aal. They were married in Williston, N.D., Sept. 28, 1963, and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Ted was invited to join the Williston Police Department and moved up the ranks from Patrolman to Lieutenant and Shift Commander, also graduating from the 96th Session of the FBI National Academy. He also served on the Rural Volunteer Fire Department (the last two years as Chief), and was a volunteer EMT with the local ambulance service. He was instrumental in establishing rural fire districts in the area, which allowed fire districts to receive tax dollars to support their activities. He and Ellen also expanded their family with Pamela in 1964 and Richard in 1968.
An opportunity to teach at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy brought the family to Bozeman in 1974. He taught a variety of subjects, and wrote legislation for Public Safety Communicators training and was a charter member of the Montana Public Service Communicators Association. He also completed his Bachelor of Science degree in sociology/social justice.
After leaving the Academy after more than 17 years, he worked as a substitute teacher in the Gallatin County rural schools before accepting the position of Director of Bozeman Shelter Care, which gave him the opportunity to put his skills and knowledge into practice serving youth in crisis. This was a new challenge that he took on without hesitation. Many of those kids remain his friends to this day.
After retiring from Bozeman Shelter Care, Ted was finally able to start his photography business, PetPics. His life-long love of photography finally became his main occupation and he won several ribbons and awards in photo contests. He loved working in his yard and raising beautiful flowers, painting, fishing, golfing, and traveling to his grandchildren's sporting events. He loved music and sang in several school and church choirs during his lifetime. He joined the Breakfast Optimist Club of Bozeman and served the local club in various offices before serving as District Governor, which took Ellen and him to several locations around the country. He received a lifetime membership from his local club in recognition of his work on behalf of kids.
Ted joined Christ the King Lutheran Church in 1975 and was active on the church council for several years. He was a leader in the process of developing plans for building the new church on Durston, and was suggesting new projects for the membership only four days before his death.
Ted is survived by his wife and best friend, Ellen; his daughter, Pamela Round (David); his son, Richard (Lisanne); five grandchildren, Christopher Round (Allison), Amanda Round, Kaitlyn Round, Garrett Huber, and Hailee Huber; one sister, Marilyn Bline; three brothers, Bill, Michael and Jim; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. at Sunset Hills Cemetery with memorial services to follow at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the many doctors, nurses, aides, technicians, and other healthcare providers; Lincare Oxygen Company; Pastor Grant Barnett Christenson; and all the friends who visited, sent cards, called, or emailed.
Memorials may be sent to the organization of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Feb. 2 to Feb. 4, 2014