MELVIN LEONARD HUBER, age 59 of Harlan, IA, passed away surrounded by family on the morning of Monday, September 5, 2016 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Celebration of life services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 9, 2016 at Powers Funeral Home in Creston. Rev. Jim Morris will officiate. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in rural Afton, Ia. Visitation with family receiving friends will be from 1:00 until the start of the service at 2:00 on Friday at Powers Funeral Home in Creston. Memorials are to the Jerusalem Methodist Church. Online condolences may be given at www.powersfh.com.
Born in Creston, IA on March 29, 1957, Melvin was the son of Dale and Rebecca Elizabeth (Bennett) Huber. Growing up he worked on the family farm with his father and brother while he attended school in Creston until his graduation in 1975. Mel then attended Southwestern Community College in Creston where he studied auto mechanics. On December 2, 1978 Mel was united in marriage to Sheri Ellen Amos at the Dodge Center Church in Afton, IA. As a young couple Mel and Sheri made their home in Kirkman, IA, and Mel began his working years as a mechanic at Johnson Motors in Denison. Soon thereafter Mel and Sheri were able to move into a brand new home in Harlan when Mel took a job driving truck for Squealer Feeds. Although his career path in Harlan changed over the years to include Nelson Farm Supply, Wings America, and Conductix, Mel and Sheri have continued to live in that same "brand new home" for over thirty years.
Mel was a very kind and generous man, and was the type to offer his help, care, and concern to anyone who might need it. He had a passion for collecting, restoring, and listening to antique radios. He was also a self-taught expert in all things related to Allis Chalmers tractors and equipment. Over the years Mel continued to pursue his love of farming with his special friends, Grant and Mary Jo Christiansen. More than any of these things, though, Mel loved caring for his family. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren, and if you knew Mel you probably also knew all about his family. Mel highly valued setting up the next generation of family for success, and he lived his life in service of his value on a daily basis. He was a great man who will be greatly missed.
Mel is survived by his wife, Sheri Huber of Harlan; two children, Carol (Aaron) Omtvedt of Waseca, MN, and Dr. Daniel (Dr. Gabrielli) Huber of Albany, NY; his mother, Rebecca Elizabeth Huber of Creston; one brother, Wayne Huber of Creston; three grandchildren, Ava and Stella Omtvedt and Timothy Gorospe (Huber); his mother-in-law, Carol Amos-Smith of St. Joseph, MO; one brother-in-law and his family; four sisters-in-law and their families; and many nieces, nephews, colleagues, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and his father-in-law.
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