Arthur Blake Huddleston, 93, of Seymour, went home to be with Jesus Sunday, March 8, 2015.
Born June 28, 1921, in Milton, he was the son of William and Ruth Leverton Huddleston, both of whom preceded him in death. On Dec. 23, 1944, he married Betty Roegge Huddleston. She preceded him in death.
He retired from Beneficial Finance, where he worked in Seymour, Muncie and Evansville, and then from Home Federal and finally from Knights Inn at the age of 89. He was a member of Gideons International, a former president of the local Kiwanis Club and a past member of the Toastmasters Club.
He was an elder emeritus and Sunday school teacher at Central Christian Church in Seymour. He also had served as an elder and Sunday school teacher at Seymour Christian Church and University Christian Church in Muncie.
He was a loving husband and father and an example of Christian living and service, as evidenced by having four of his five sons become preachers.
He participated in seven successful invasions during World War II. He served on a top-secret naval vessel that would mimic the sound of airplanes and battleships to distract the enemy while the actual invasion would occur elsewhere.
He is survived by his sons, David (Mary Ellen) Huddleston of Cincinnati, Ohio, and his sons, Danny, Chris, and Tim; Mark (Martha) Huddleston of Omaha, Nebraska, and his sons, Nathan, Matthew, Jonathan and Jeremy; Wayne (Pam) Huddleston of Seymour and his sons, Ryan and Brad; Paul (Claudia) Huddleston of Seymour and his son, Lester; and Steve (Pam) Huddleston of Muncie and his children, Heather and Aaron. He had 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
Besides his parents and wife of 69 years, he was preceded in death by his brother, Laverne; and sister, Margaret Scherer.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Central Christian Church in Seymour with the Rev. Lewis Wright officiating.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Voss Chapel in Seymour and from 10 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International or Central Christian Church.