Thomas Arthur Huff, 85, of Minot passed away April 22, 2013 in Minot.
Tom was born in Minot on May 17, 1927 to Ruby (Bergo) and Claude Huff. He was the fourth of ten children and was raised on the family farm in Donnybrook.
Tom enlisted in the Navy and served just as WWII was ending. When he returned to Donnybrook, his dad convinced him a young mans brightest future was with the railroad. Tom worked for the railroad for 50 years. He was a depot agent in Karlsruhe; Niobe; Four Buttes, Montana; Wolford; Perth; St. John; Rolla; Devils Lake, and Gavin Yard in Minot.
Tom was united in marriage to Bonnie Stroklund on September 20, 1958 in Donnybrook, North Dakota. They were married for 55 years and together raised four children.
Tom was known for his dedication to his family, his delight in young children, his willingness to help anyone in need and for the satisfaction he derived from doing an honest days work. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and an annual fishing trip to northern Canada with his son. Tom liked road trips and embarked on many driving vacations with his wife and children. After his retirement, he continued to prefer work to hobbies, and especially enjoyed working in his yard. He bought a farm near Donnybrook where he raised registered Red Angus. He liked to fence his pasture and was happiest when helping his brother, Bob, farm the home place.
Tom was preceded in death by twin infant sons, Brian and Blain; daughter-in-law, Eleanor Huff; his parents, Ruby and Claude Huff; brothers Dayton, Guy and Ralph Huff; sister, Jeanne Kaufer; brother-in-law Warren Paulson and a sister in law Amelia Huff
Tom is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his son, Tom Jr., of Minot; daughters Tamara (Steve) Huff of Bismarck; Sandi (Scott) Renfandt, Minot; and Holly (Jason) Metz, Big Rapids, MI; grandchildren Grant and Mariah Huff; Madison (Trevor) Tranby; Ethan, Evan and Colin Renfandt; Hunter, Luke and William Huff Towle; Elliot Thomas Metz, and great-grandson, Jett Huff. Hes also survived by his brother Bob (Gail) Huff, sisters Dolores Paulson; Betty (Ron) Gibler; Barbara (Bob) Lee and Bonnie (Larry) Lee; sister-in-laws Bernice Huff and Patti Huff; brother-in-law Jim Kaufer. Hes also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Visitation: Friday, April 26, 2013 from noon until 7 pm with the family receiving guests from 6 until 7 pm with a prayer service at 7 pm in Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Funeral Service: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11 am at United Methodist Church, Donnybrook, ND
Burial: Will take place in the spring at Lakeview Cemetery, Kenmare, ND