Elmer Eugene Huggins of Lonedell, MO, departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on January 27, 2021, having reached the age of eighty-three years, one month and seven days. Elmer was born in Sligo, MO, on December 20, 1937, son of George W. Huggins and Genevra Jewel Huggins nee Sterling. On July 4, 1959, he was united in marriage to Bettie Alice Raulston and one daughter came to bless this union.
Elmer is survived by his wife, Bettie Huggins of Lonedell, MO; by his daughter, Wanda Altmann and husband, Joseph, of St. Clair, MO; by his grandson, Aaron Altmann and wife, Becca, of Union, MO; by his great-grandson, Zane Altmann of Union; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, George and Genevra Huggins, and by his brothers, George Huggins and Thomas Huggins.
Elmer was proud to have served his country in the United States Navy, entering January 12, 1955 and receiving his honorable discharge on December 31, 1958. He was a painter by trade and retiree of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 2 in St. Louis, MO. In his young years, he enjoyed hunting with his dogs and was a past member of a local Fox Hunters Association. He had a passion for bowling and was a past member of several bowling teams. Elmer loved to go fishing with his wife, Bettie. Elmer had remained an active man throughout his life, cutting his own fire until about six months ago. His grandson and great-grandson were his pride and joy and he truly enjoyed spoiling his great-grandson. The love shared and many precious memories created with his family, will be cherished by them forever.
A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
A private committal will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. The family of Elmer Eugene Huggins entrusted the care of their loved one to Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO.