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Edgar N. Huddleston

January 18, 1937 — March 21, 2024

Marysville, Kansas

Edgar "Ed" N. Huddleston, 87, of Marysville, KS, passed away March 21, 2024 at his home.

A visitation will be held on Monday, March 25, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 26, at Kinsley Mortuary.  Branch President Rick Hall will officiate. The singers will be Joshua Childs and Payton Boldt.  The songs will be "How Great Thou Art", "It Is Well with My Soul", and "Amazing Grace".

Pallbearers are Justin Kracht, Logan Kracht, Ben Huddleston, Elliot Gillum, Jeffrey Gillum, Jordan Moore, Joshua Childs and Jacob Childs.

Honorary pallbearers are Woody Walstrom, Dr. Wally Walstrom, Walt Rudolph, Raymond Marquardt and Mara Marquardt.

Burial will follow at the Marysville City Cemetery. 

Edgar Neal Huddleston was born January 18, 1937 in Bushton, KS to Cornelius "Neal" Huddleston and Ruth Esther Naomi (Schepmann) Huddleston. Ruth passed away when Edgar was 4 years old. His dad then later married Pearl Carpenter and together they raised Edgar in Axtell, KS. He graduated from Axtell High School in 1956.

Both of Edgar's parents were deaf. He learned to communicate from the beginning in sign language; verbal speech was his "second language.” In his younger years he spent many Sunday mornings signing the church worship services at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Marysville. Edgar served as interpreter for his parents throughout their lives.

Edgar worked constantly his whole life, beginning with paper routes, mowing, tinkering with motors, and working at a chicken farm.  As a young adult he set pins at the old Jayhawk Bowl in downtown Marysville with his dad.  After he and his parents moved to Marysville, he worked at the Safeway grocery store. Then he worked for Sander's Furniture as a salesman and carpet layer, laying carpet in almost every home in Marysville and the surrounding area. Back then customers often would feed him dinner while on the job.

He spent evenings and weekends remodeling his house or the houses of friends. His main side hustle, though was his own business "Ed's Fix-it Shop" where he repaired lawn mowers and small engines and various small appliances out of a small garage behind his folks. He also mowed acres of lawns for people.  After Sanders, he went to work for Norbert "Slup" Slupianek at Communications Service Company where he installed 2-way radios and climbed towers to install antennas. He continued to work for this company and its new owner, his son-in-law Dennis Kracht, until he retired. During retirement he still kept up his "Ed's Fix-it Shop", concentrating mostly on Electrolux vacuum sweeper sales and servicing all brands of vacuum sweepers. He was appreciated for fixing a few stair climbers as well.

Edgar was the lights and sound guy for the local theatre group that has since become M­-ACT. Despite lots of late hot summer nights he truly enjoyed helping with theatre productions in the old Simmons Auditorium in the City Park (1960's-70's).

Starting at four years old after receiving his first train set (a windup from Santa and Montgomery Ward) he found a love of electric model trains.  His electric trains would travel through whole villages and countryside's (built with his best childhood friend Galen Scott).  He even set up model trains in a glass case at Reflections during the Christmas season. He never stopped "playing trains."  Every Christmas, for many many years, a train traveled under his Christmas tree with the latest being The Polar Express (a favorite).

In 2017, he had a leg injury caused by getting tangled in a falling ladder when cleaning his gutters. While recliner bound, he became a Hallmark Channel fanatic.  This was especially true of the Christmas romance movies that he never tired of watching.

On October 16, 1960 he married Joan Richardson (deceased) at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Marysville. To this union three children were born, Ruth, David and Kelley. They later divorced.

He married Karen (Germer) Stretch June 28, 1975 in the Rose Garden in Manhattan, KS, and they were sealed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Manti Temple on August 16, 1978. Karen brought with her two daughters, Angela and Melissa.  A few years after they married Karen was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Edgar became "Nurse Ed" and devoted his purpose to her comfort and care for the rest of her life until her passing in 2015.

Edgar married Leslie (Sackman) Hollander McVay on November 21, 2020 at the Beatrice, NE branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Preceding him in death were; his parents; wife Karen; and a stepson, Bruce Hollander.
 
Survivors are his wife Leslie Huddleston; children, Ruth (Dennis) Kracht, Marysville, KS; David (Susan) Huddleston, Wamego, KS; Kelley (Dennis) Gillum, Kansas City, MO; Angela (John) Moore, Park River, ND; Melissa (Eric) Childs, Junction City, KS; grandchildren and (great grandchildren), Justin and Chelsea Kracht (Violet and Dennis) Lenexa, KS; Dr. Logan and Maggie Kracht (Preston and Emmett), Lawrence, KS; Jasmyn and Kyle Windisch, Osawatomie, KS; Anna and Jon Englert (Jocelyn and Iris), Wichita, KS; Abby Huddleston, St. George, KS; Bethany Huddleston, Topeka, KS; Benjamin Huddleston and Nathan Houdyshell, Orem, UT; Elliot Gillum, Kansas City, MO; Katie and Jon Bates (Noah and Julia Lee), Ewa Beach, Oahu Island, HI; Jeffrey and Kim Gillum, Kansas City, MO; Ashley and Simon Bezuidenhout (Annabella and Riaan), Park River, ND; Jordan Moore, Vernon, FL; Mary Moore and fiancé Gio Cortez (Matteo Cortez), Denison, TX; Brittany and Harrison Lamb (Andrea, Emma and Henry), Chapman, KS; Joshua Childs and fiancé Payton Boldt, Kansas City, KS; Jacob Childs, Rexburg, ID.  Edgar is also survived by Leslie's children; Brenda Johnson, Bobbi Hilderbrand, Bambi Hollander, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

A memorial fund has been established and will be designated later.  Contributions may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary.  

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