PIQUA - Dion E. Huffman, 80, of Piqua joined Bert his wife of 57 years in heaven at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Sterling House of Piqua under the care of Heartland Hospice.
He was born in Piqua, Ohio, on March 6, 1933, to the late Raymond and Maude (Thompson) Huffman. Dion was raised by his aunt and uncle, Eugene and Eloise (Martzell) Thompson.
On May 7, 1955, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Piqua, he married Bertha M. Jacob. She preceded him in death on Jan. 10, 2013.
Dion is also survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Doris Huffman of Xenia, Dean and Donna Huffman of Marion, Ohio; two daughters and sons-in-law, Yvonne and Doug Ditmer and Brenda and Darrin Payne, all of Piqua; one brother, Dennis Huffman of North Carolina; nine grandchildren, Nathan (Bethany) Huffman of Beavercreek, Ohio, Jared (Chelsea) Huffman of Xenia, Ohio, Sean Huffman of Xenia, Ohio, Justin (Tara) Huffman of Columbus, Ohio, Grant Huffman of Marion, Ohio, Brittany (Shane) Hayslett of Troy, Lindsey (Seth) Stockmeister of Jackson, Ohio, Derek (Monica) Ditmer of Sidney, Ohio, and Nikki Payne of Piqua, Ohio; three step grandsons, Jon (Maria) Callaway, Rick (Lynn) Callaway and Rob (Kristina) Callaway; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Roberta Huffman; one daughter-in-law, Cheryl Huffman; and one step brother, Tom Thompson.
Dion graduated from Piqua Central High School, Piqua, in 1950. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Piqua.
Dion loved to travel with his wife, Bertha. They visited 49 of the 50 states as well as Canada and Mexico.
He loved to work in his yard, do gardening and wood working.
Dion was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan.
His family all benefited from both his gardening and his wood working.
Dion retired from Hartzell Propeller Inc. in 1996, where he was a tech service manager. He worked at Hartzell for 42 years.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Monday April 1, 2013, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Piqua, Ohio, on with the Rev. Fr. Thomas Bolte as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua, Ohio. Friends may call from 10-11:30 a.m. at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or St. Boniface Catholic Church, 310 S. Downing St., Piqua, OH 45356.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.melcher-sowers.com.