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William J. HUEBNER Obituary
HUEBNER, William J. William "Bill" J. Huebner, of Avon, died Monday (January 18, 2010). Born July 27, 1925, in Holyoke, MA, son of the late William J. and Olive (McLellan) Huebner, he grew up in Watertown, MA, before moving to Connecticut. He is survived by his beloved wife, Heidy Downs Huebner; daughters, Holly Ryan her husband, Edward, of Avon, Heather Huebner of Windsor Locks, and Heidi Downs of Canton; son, Michael Downs and his wife, Elizabeth, of Weatogue; and three grandchildren, Kelsey and Kevin Ryan and Benjamin Downs. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Richard Huebner. A decorated combat veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, he served with the 595th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion in the South Pacific and the Third Infantry Division during the Korean War. He was a sergeant of infantry. His military awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Korean Campaign Medal with two battle stars, Philippine Liberation Medal with Bronze Service Star, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Medal with four battle stars, U.S. Victory Medal. He took part in campaigns at Finchaven, British New Guinea; Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea; Biak Island; Owi Island; Luzon Island, Philippines, and several smaller Japanese held islands in the Bismarck Archipelago during World War II. Recalled to active duty at the start of the Korean Conflict he joined the Third Infantry Division's push up the Korean Peninsula from Puson to Seoul to Uijongbu to Chorwan to Yongdongpo. He worked for the Hartford Times as a newsman, aviation writer and real estate editor for 24 years. As a newsman, he covered the development of the Apollo Project and rocket development in California and other states. He covered the advent of commercial and military jet aviation both in the U.S. and Europe. During his career as a newspaperman, he received several writing awards. He was also Director of Public Affairs for the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, Wethersfield, for 18 years before retiring in 1991. Burial Service with full Military Honors will be on Friday, January 22, 2 p.m., at Evergreen Cemetery, Avon, with a memorial service directly thereafter at the Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main St. (Rte. 44), Avon at 3 p.m. The Rev. Kenneth Fuller, Pastor, will officiate. The family would like to thank Vitas Hospice of East Hartford for their wonderful care and help especially Cindy and Diane and Nurses Colleen and Helen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VFW Post 3272, c/o Donald J. Perreault, 555 Huckleberry Hill Rd., Avon, CT 06001 or Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund, 255 Pitkin St., East Hartford, CT 06108. Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center of Avon is caring for the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 20, 2010
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