Robert Henry Huss, 90, of Urbana, originally of Beardstown, died July 27, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Bob was born Oct. 8, 1923, in Beardstown, the son of Frank Christian Huss and Edna Dunn Huss. He married Mary Jeanne Eberhardt on Jan. 30, 1949, in West Liberty, and she preceded him in death Aug. 18, 1994.
He is survived by three daughters, Katherine "Kathy" Huss (husband, Mike Soltero) of Denver, Elizabeth "Betsy" Mills (husband, Steve) of Monticello, and Martha "Marty" Boss (husband, Jeff) of Morton; four grandchildren, Robert Mills (wife Katie Sutton) of Arlington, Virginia, Laura Mills (husband, Robert Sandheinrich) of St. Louis, and Jeanne Boss and Julie Boss, both of Indianapolis, Indiana; one great-grandchild, Jane Mills Sandheinrich of St. Louis; and a step-grandson, Jeff Soltero, of Chicago.
Bob lived most of his life in his hometown of Beardstown, growing up there and later raising his family there. He graduated from Beardstown High School in 1941 and went on to study commerce at the University of Illinois. His college years were interrupted by service in the U.S. Army, serving in Europe during World War II. In his own words, "When the war was over, we came home, took off our uniforms, and went on with our lives."
Bob returned to the University of Illinois and graduated in 1948. He was a proud Illini and treasured his memories of playing the sousaphone in the Marching Illini. It was there that he met Mary Jeanne Eberhardt, and they married and moved to Boston where Bob completed an MBA degree at the Harvard Business School. He worked briefly for Ford Motor Company in Detroit. They returned to Beardstown in 1952 upon the death of his father and Bob joined the family business of Huss' Men's Wear. Bob retired from the store in 1985. He continued to serve as a director and chairman of the board of the First National Bank of Beardstown.
Bob loved his hometown of Beardstown and enjoyed boating on the Illinois River as a boy and as a father of three daughters. He loved to travel, having seen the world, and he loved photography, a hobby since he was a boy.
Bob was devoted to his family, and he had many cherished friends from his days at the University of Illinois and his years in Beardstown.
The family would like to especially thank those who brightened his last months: the caring staff at Clark-Lindsey Village, VNA caregivers, Landel Nesbit and Renee Denius, and friend and helper Peggy Swisher. The nurses and staff at Carle North Tower 8th floor were a great comfort to him and his family in the final days. We will be forever grateful for their kindness.
Private graveside services will be held in Beardstown. The family will meet friends 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Beardstown Public Library, the
, or the Fisher House Foundation.
Sager Funeral Home
202 East 8th Street Beardstown, IL 62618
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on July 30, 2014