Lenard Ray Huff
September 13, 1929 ~ December 12, 2014
Viewings: Wednesday, Dec. 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, and on Thursday at the Brigham City LDS 22nd Ward Chapel, 895 North 625 West from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Funeral services: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brigham City LDS 22nd Ward Chapel, 895 North 625 West
Interment: Brigham City Cemetery
Lenard Ray Huff, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 12, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born on September 13, 1929 in Payson, Utah, son of Lenard and Lenore Wilson Huff. He seemingly came to earth with a special gift of making everyone around him feel like his best friend and the ability to welcome strangers with his huge heart and smile. Ray graduated from Spanish Fork High School, where he served as seminary council president, captain of the football team, and was an outstanding wrestler, earning him the nickname "Bone-Crusher Huff". He later graduated from Utah State University. Ray served in the England, Nottingham Mission and, upon his return, married his sweetheart, Karma Jean Francis on May 21, 1952 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Ray served his country during the Korean Conflict in the US Air Force. Happiness was the hallmark of his life. Ray seemed to have time for everyone, and brought a lot of positive energy into whatever he did. He had many songs, poems and sayings memorized that he frequently recited, bringing much joy and laughter into the lives of everyone around him. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and had an unwavering testimony of his Savior, Jesus Christ. Ray served two missions with his wife Karma, in the Cabanatuan Philippines and Washington D.C. Temple missions. Ray served in six bishoprics, and in many other capacities. Ray loved geology and was a lifelong "rock hound". His love of rocks earned him the nickname "Rocky" and he loved taking his children and grandchildren on rock-finding trips, as well as camping, fishing and hunting trips. Surviving is his wife, Karma and their eight wonderful children: Len Ann (Val) Nessen, Howell, UT; L. Ray, Jr. (Ruth) Huff, Perry, UT; James (Edie) Huff, Helena, AL; Kellie (Ron) Wright, Pasco, WA; Cary (Michelle) Huff, Farr West, UT; Kenny (Donna) Huff, Wells, NV; Joel (Christi) Huff, Brigham City, UT; Matthew (Tamara) Huff, Brigham City, UT; 35 grandchildren and 59 great grandchildren, with three more on the way. Two special "adopted" daughters are Ella Mae Sims and Dianne Call. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, two sisters, one granddaughter–in-law, one great grandson and one great granddaughter. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brigham City LDS 22nd Ward Chapel, 895 North 625 West. Viewings will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, and on Thursday at the church from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Combined Box Elder Veterans Honor Guard. The family would like to express their love to AFI Hospice (Wendy, Brenda, Heidi, Sheri), and Dr. John Markeson. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations to be made to the Perpetual Educational Fund, 50 North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.
We wanted to let you know how sad we were to read that Ray had passed away. We sure had some wonderful experiences with you and Ray. We enjoy and loved both of you. You guys made our mission, and you were one of our favorite couples to be with. I will never forget Ray's nickname I had for him buddah one and Paul was buddah two. Our trip to Williamsburg we never forget. Driving with you both was very entertaining. Ray would call you "little shrimp." Thank you so much for all the wonderful times we had together. Our thoughts are with you Karma
Paul and Lisa Kichen
We wanted to let you know how sorry we are for you loss. We have great memories of you two. The taco parties the many ball games. Stan still remembers how Ray always called him shadow. Please know our prayers are with you.
Stan & Carol Williams
My condolences to Ray's family. He will greatly be missed. Jehovah is near to those who are broken hearted (Psalms 34:18) and promises us that in the future we will see our loved ones once again (Revelation 21:3,4). It is my hope that you will find comfort in these thoughts. Again, my sympathies.