CHAMPAIGN – Evelyn Lois (Richmond) Huber of Champaign left this earthly life on Wednesday, February 16, 2022.
She was born in Litchfield, Neb., on October 13, 1923, to Fred and Lois (Iseman) Richmond, and the family later moved to Illinois. In 1945 she married Harold Dean Huber in Knoxville, and they lived in Tulsa, Okla.; Champagne, Kirkwood and Canton; and Forrest City, Ark., where they later retired. After Harold’s death in 2001, she returned to Champaign to be closer to her family.
Evelyn was predeceased by her parents; husband, Harold, 56; brothers, Virgil Richmond of Oquawka and Lawrence Richmond of Exline, Iowa; niece, Sharon (Richmond) Hill; and his nephews, Neal Richmond and Ronald Richmond.
Evelyn is survived by her beloved children, Janet Huber (Urbana) and Stanley (and Anne Towery) Huber (Los Gatos, CA); grandsons, Benjamin Huber (Washington, DC) and Jesse (and Allie Floreth) Huber; brother, John (and Vonna) Richmond; and several cousins, nephews and nieces and many dear and dear friends.
She has been a life member, ordained elder, faithful participant and choir member of the Presbyterian Church and, for the past 19 years, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Champaign. She was also a 58-year member of the international educational organization PEO in Illinois Chapters T, BZ, and MM, Arkansas Chapters BF and CZ, and served as Arkansas State President. in 1992.
Early in her career, Evelyn worked for Herman Nelson Corporation (Moline), Bethlehem Supply Company (Tulsa), Bailey & Himes Sporting Goods (Champaign) and Secretary to the Director of the Graduate Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois Urbana. -Champagne. Later, she worked as secretary to the president of Community Bank & Trust and in the State Farm Insurance office of Howard Taylor, both in Canton. Evelyn was also a leader in her children’s Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Campfire groups, and for several years was a tutor in an adult literacy program.
Evelyn and Harold loved to travel, and from the time Stan and Janet were old enough, the four of them traveled much of the continental United States and many provinces of Canada by car during school vacations. Later, Evelyn and Harold traveled to Hawaii to attend the 50th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Association. Their last trip together was a long train trip across Europe for their 50th wedding anniversary – a gift from their children.
Evelyn’s faith, family and friends have always remained the highest priority in her full and happy life.
The family will hold a memorial service at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Champaign, at a later date to be announced to allow family and friends from out of state who are able to make travel arrangements. Evelyn’s ashes will be interred alongside those of Harold at a private family burial service at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Galesburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1700 Crescent Drive, Champaign, IL 61821. Illiana Cremation Society is making arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family at illianacremationsociety.com.