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Rueben E. Huhta

November 3, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

CHASSELL - Rueben E. Huhta, 77, a resident of Chassell, passed away Thursday afternoon, Nov. 1, 2012, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock following a lengthy illness.

He was born May 2, 1935, in Keweenaw Bay, a son of the late Kuno and Martha (Hendrickson) Huhta. Rueben was a graduate of Chassell High School.

Mr. Huhta had been employed as a mechanic for the White Pine Copper Mine.

On May 3, 1955, he was united in marriage to the former Joanne Destrampe and she preceded him in death in 1988. In 1992, he was united in marriage to the former Shirley Vinson.

Rueben was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Chassell where he was an usher and Eucharistic Minister. He was also active in the Chassell community, being a former Assistant Chief of the Chassell Fire Department and a former Township Supervisor.

He enjoyed spending time outdoors, gardening, golfing, hunting, fishing and camping.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his first wife, Joanne; his brother, Ted.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Huhta of Chassell; his children, Benita (Tom) Maksimchuk of Calumet, Daniel (Julianne) Huhta of Ishpeming, Penny Jo (Rex) Allen of Glendale, Ariz. and Tamara Rezanka of Linden, Mich.; his step-children, Gary (Michiyo) Justice of Japan, Keith (Debbi Lyttinen) Justice of Hancock and Tina (Jerry) DeForge of Negaunee; his sister, Bertha Cuff of Marquette; his brothers, Wesley (Lora Lee) Huhta of Chassell and Clifford (Shirley) Huhta of Twin Lakes; 12 grandchildren; his great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Rueben will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Chassell with Fr. Al Mott to officiate. Burial will be in the Chassell Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of services in the church.

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The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Chassell is assisting the family with arrangements.



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