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Russell Huff, 71 - February 18, 2016

Russell Curtis Huff, 71, of Gothenburg passed away on Thursday, Feb.18, 2016, from a motor scooter accident near Brady.
A graveside memorial service took place at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, south of Maxwell, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, with the Rev. Larry Viter officiating. A fellowship luncheon followed at the First Baptist Church in Gothenburg.
Huff was born on July 21, 1944, at La Junta, CO, to Pauline Ellen and Russell Loyal Huff. He was baptized in faith at the First Baptist Church of Gothenburg on July 12, 1984.
He grew up at La Junta, then joined the Air Force upon his high school graduation. He served with honor for four years with the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. Stationed in various places during the four years, his last post during service was Vietnam.
When released from active duty, he moved to North Platte to be near family.
Huff became a professional photographer and moved to Gothenburg in 1973 after purchasing the old Krekeler Studio, opening Photography by Russ.
He met his wife, Brenda, at Gothenburg when she returned after her service with the U.S. Army. The couple married at Las Vegas, NV, on Jan. 6, 1978.
Huff and his wife embarked on a life of adventure and travel, living in Arizona, Nevada, Nebraska and Taiwan. In Taiwan, he completed an advanced teachers of English degree and became an English instructor and mentor to many doctors and nurses. One proud accomplishment was winning a Distinctive Contribution award from the Executive Yuan for his role in transforming Tri-Service General Hospital into an excellent English environment.
?Following his return to Gothenburg in 2007, he enjoyed a variety of activities including woodworking, building and flying remote-control airplanes and motorcycle/scooter riding, which were three of his passions, according to family members. His big heart led him to bring a most excellent black cocker spaniel named Poco into their lives on April 12, 2013.
He was preceded in death by: his mother and step-father, Polly and S.J. (Bud) Kibler; a brother, Sid Kibler; his mother-in-law, Margaret Porter; brothers-in law—Bruce and Brian Porter.
Survivors include: his wife, Brenda of Gothenburg and Grand Island; siblings—Paula (Tom) Richardson of Mesquite, NV, Jim Huff of Nashville, TN, Jay Huff and Sam Kibler, both of North Platte; his father-in-law, Norman Porter of Gothenburg; brothers-in-law—Brad (Mary) Porter of Fremont and Bill Porter of Gothenburg; sister-in-law, Beth (Mark) Jones of Midwest City, OK; nieces and nephews—Adam and Megan Porter, Amanda, Peter and Stacie Jones, Randy and Brian Milleson and Kacie Kibler.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Start Over Rover, Hastings, and Child Fund International.