Orlyn G. Huwe 1934—2021
Orlyn Glen Huwe died peacefully at his Rockford home on Sunday, June 20, 2021. Orlyn was born in Day County, South Dakota, in 1934, to Arthur and Viola (Selle) Huwe. He married Rita Carol Carey in Troy, Ohio, in 1960. They have three sons, three grandchildren, and one great grandchild. One granddaughter, Amelia, died in infancy.
Orlyn's family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, in 1945. He graduated from Tech High School in 1952. Orlyn graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1958. After attending theological seminaries in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Columbus, Ohio, and serving an internship at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Butler Pennsylvania, he graduated in 1964. Orlyn was ordained as a Lutheran pastor a few weeks later at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska.
Pastor Huwe served three congregations before retirement: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Washington, Indiana; New Life Lutheran (founding pastor) in Bolingbrook, Illinois; and The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Rockford, Illinois. After his retirement, he served on an interim basis at First Lutheran of Freeport, Prince of Peace Lutheran in Rockton, and Grace Lutheran in Loves Park (all Illinois).
Orlyn served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56, and was stationed in southern France for 16 months.
Orlyn had a passion for Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity
and volunteered in many capacities there. He received much satisfaction from giving blood regularly. Orlyn enjoyed gardening with Rita. He was thankful for the many trips he was able to take with his wife, including trips with each of their grandchildren to the location of each child's choosing. He gained an appreciation for classical music and impressionist art in retirement years. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Bulls and Bears, and at age 81, he became a Cubs fan. Orlyn enjoyed playing basketball, football, and baseball in his early years and enjoyed fishing most of his life.
Orlyn considered himself richly blessed. Family was of utmost importance to him. Orlyn is survived by his wife Rita, and their three sons: Dave (Beth) of Monona, Wisconsin; Tim of Rockford; and John (Vickie) of Machesney Park. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Stephanie (Tanner) Boudreaux; Ted Huwe; and Rachel (Austin Pick) Huwe; and great granddaughter Ellie. One sister, Marvel Ring, also survives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one sister, and granddaughter.
As the consummate recycler, Orlyn made the decision to donate his body to science.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity
or the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Food Pantry, Rockford, Illinois. Visitation will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Rockford on Friday, July, 2 from 9-10:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. To send online condolences, please visit www.fitzgeraldfh.com
Published by Rockford Register Star from Jun. 26 to Jun. 28, 2021.