Harold C. Huston, 91, passed away Friday morning, October 15, 2021 at his residence in Chandler, AZ. He was born in Mt. Sterling, Illinois on December 29, 1929 to Irvin and Nelda (Traeger) Huston. He served in the US Army with the 560th Field Artillery Battalion as a forward observer during the Korean War. The 3 years, 7 months, and 6 days he served in the military were the most defining years of his life; during that time, he was briefly reported as MIA, a story he enjoyed relaying, and he received, among other awards, the Purple Heart.
In 1952, Harold married June (Goldsborough) Huston, in Rushville, IL, with whom he had three daughters: Beth, Colleen, and Teresa.
Harold was employed by Bartlow Brothers (Korntop Meats) for over 22 years and retired from Peabody Coal Company in 1989. He enjoyed playing softball and umpiring for Little League.
On July 3, 1992, he married Pearl (Sexton) Caudle. They lived in Girard, Illinois and wintered in the Rio Grande Valley for fourteen years. She preceded him in death on June 12, 2019.
Harold served as president of his local Senior Citizens Center and was an active lifetime member of the American Legion. He enjoyed keeping active even after retirement, driving a school bus, riding 1000 miles a year on his bicycle, gardening, playing pool, and walking. His family will remember with a smile his pride in wearing his Korean Veteran hat everywhere he went.
Harold was preceded in death by four brothers: Paul, Dorus, Gerald, and Donald Huston; and his sister, Mae Egbert.
Harold is survived by his three daughters, Marie Beth (Dan) Oakley, of Littleton, CO; Colleen (Jim) Warren of Marion, IN; and Teresa (Larry) Boyd of Queen Creek, AZ; eight grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and several step-children, step-grandchildren, and step-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 24th in Girard IL, with military rites burial at the Bethel Ridge Cemetery in Atwater, IL.
Memorials are suggested to the American Legion.