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Huffman Walker J. Huffman, 87, of Norwich, crossed over the river to join his wife, family, ancestors, and friends at 1:04 a.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013, at Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital. He came into this earthly life on July 30, 1925, in Zanesville, Ohio, as the son of Walker A. and Mary Moore Huffman. He served his country in the United States Navy from July 1943 to February 1946 on a landing ship tank (LST) in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of War in World War II. He was President of the Ohio LST Amphibs Veterans Association from 2005-2009. He held degrees from The Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, and an Honorary Degree in Public Service from the Muskingum Area Technical College in 1989. Most of Walker's occupational career was spent in the field of Public Education Administration. In 1967, he initiated the Muskingum Area Vocational School District (currently known as the Mid-East Career and Technology Centers). He simultaneously pioneered the establishment of the Muskingum Area Technical College (now Zane State College); in so-doing, he served as Superintendent of the Vocational School and President of the Technical College. After 30 years of service to Ohio Public Schools, Walker retired. This was followed by service with The United States Department of Labor as a Vocational-Technical School Consultant to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 1981-1986, creating the Administrative Structure for the Kingdom's Vocational Schools. Walker was a life member of The Ohio Educational Association and The Ohio Vocational Association, American Association of School Administrators, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and a 50-year member of Phi Delta Kappa. The Ohio School Boards Association awarded him the "Advocate of Education" honor in 2008. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and was inducted into the Muskingum County Veterans Hall of Fame in 2000. The center of his life was his wife of 65 years, Mary, as they reared their five children and worked as a team honoring their religion, country, and family. Walker and Mary were world travelers visiting over 40 countries. Walker is survived by five loyal and loving children, Jennifer Ellen (William) Stewart, Craig Moore (Judy) Huffman, Deborah Ann Huffman Mirib, Mary Lynne (Gary) Cohen and Steffanie Lee Huffman Kaib; ten grandchildren, Brian Walker (Caitlin) Stewart, Amy Elizabeth Stewart (Brian) Smith, Allison Marie Stewart (Jonah) Barasz, Craig Moore Huffman, Jr., Jessica Lynne Stewart (Corey) Doak, Ashley Nicole Kaib, Lesley Norma Cohen, David Tanner Stewart, Jennifer Ann Cohen, and Kevin Andrew Kaib; seven great-grandchildren, Kendalyn Lacylee Kaib Swartz, Blake Benjamin Kaib Swartz, Makayla Elizabeth Stewart, Toyba Leah Barasz, Andrew Walker Stewart, Jacob Andrew Lee Schultz, Makenzie Marian Smith; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Mary Lois Lacy Huffman, who died March 11, 2013. Friends and family may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at THE SNOUFFER FUNERAL HOME, 1150 WEST MILITARY ROAD, ZANESVILLE and one hour prior to service on Friday. Flat Rock Lodge #580 of Payne, Ohio will hold Masonic Service at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013 in the Snouffer Chapel with Rev. Steve McGuire officiating. Walker will be laid to rest next to his wife in Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery. VFW George Selsam Post #1058 will hold full military rites at the graveside. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Zane State Scholarship Foundation, 1555 Newark Rd., Zanesville, Ohio 43701. To send a note of condolence to the Huffman family: visit www.snoufferfuneralhome.com, find us on Facebook or call our caring staff at (740) 450-8000.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2013
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