Donald E. Huber, 78, of Brazil, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2004 at his residence.
He was born July 15, 1925 in Rockville, Ind., to William and Freida Wagner Huber.
He spent his early childhood in Seymour, Indiana until his family moved to Brazil in 1936. He graduated from Brazil High School in 1943 and attended Indiana State University. For most of his career he was a design engineer with Arketex, Wilson Tech, and Great Dane. He designed buildings, machinery and semi-trailers.
His interests included guns, hunting, fishing, politics, and the performances of the Brazil Concert Band. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, a former Republican precinct committeeman, former president of the Brazil Band parents, a former Clay County reserve deputy and a former deacon, elder and trustee in the First Presbyterian Church.
A World War II combat infantryman, he made the D-Day Invasion June 6, 1944 in one of the first waves of Allied forces to land on Utah Beach. He was assigned to the 90th Infantry Division where he served as First Scout and encountered much combat.
He received the Purple Heart for wounds received in Normandy Hedgerow County, the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge, the French Croix de Guerre with Palm, the European Theater of Operations Medal with Bronze Arrowhead for spearheading the invasion, the French Cross of the Combatant, the French Medal for the Liberation of France, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theatre Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He attained the rank of technical sergeant. For over 20 years, he shared his combat experiences with the sixth graders of Greencastle Middle School.
His parents and an infant brother Marvin, and brother-in-law Warren McKenzie preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Suzanne Elizabeth (Keever) Huber; two sons, Matthew S. Huber and wife Melanie and Timothy A. Huber; and grandchildren John Philip Huber and Janelle Renee Huber, all of Brazil; one brother, William Huber Jr. and wife Minneta of Sellersburg, Ind.; two sisters, Rhea McKenzie and Colleen Williams both of Brazil; sister-in-law Jane (Keever) Miller and brother-in-law Edgar Miller of Green Cove Springs, Fla. and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
Moore Funeral Home is handling arrangements. At the request of the deceased, his body will be cremated. A memorial service, with military honors will be scheduled for a later date. Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Brazil Concert Band, 8924 N. Kennedy's Crossing Road, Brazil, IN 47834. Visit www.moore-funeral-homes.com for more information or to send a card of condolence.