William Douglas Hufford
William D. "Bill" Hufford, 65, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 10, 2014 at his home in Urbandale. Celebration of life services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines.
Bill was born July 2, 1948 in Des Moines to William and Jean (Gerber) Hufford. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1966, served in the Navy during the Vietnam Conflict and went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree from the University of South Dakota, where he played football. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, softball, biking, cooking, networking, and spending time with family and his granddaughter, Amelia. He was a 30+ year supporter of the Iowa Hawkeyes and was a member of the I-Club.
Bill was extremely passionate about life, family, friends and business. He had a big heart, always giving and putting others before himself. Bill was a great story teller, always telling jokes, making people laugh and was an inspiration to many.
Bill is survived by his wife of 36 years, Rosemary of Urbandale; three children, Jessica (Bradley) Duchac of Edmond, OK, Sarah (Nick) Knute of Waukee and Christopher J. Hufford of Union City, CA; granddaughter, Amelia; six siblings, Steve (Gwen) Hufford of Anchorage, AK, Connie (Phil) Kauzlarich of Des Moines, Gary (Pamelda) Hufford of Des Moines, Jim (Karen) Hufford of West Des Moines, Lisa Hufford of West Des Moines and Lori (Shane) Quinters of Coon Rapids, MN; step-mother, Betty Hufford of Tulsa, OK; mother-in-law, Amelia Giudicessi of West Des Moines as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, John Giudicessi.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McLaren's Chapel in West Des Moines with a prayer service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the John Stoddard Cancer Center.