Gene E. “Dub” Huffman of Commerce died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at his home after an illness. He was 81.

Mr. Huffman was born Aug. 26, 1927, in Picher to Ray Oliver and Francis Lee (Boroughs) Huffman. He lived in the area the rest of his life.

He was a World War II veteran of the Army, serving in occupied Japan.

He was a bookkeeper for The Landis Steel Company of Picher for more than 33 years. He was a member of Picher Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the Christian Church in Cardin for many years.

He married Patsy Earlene Parkison on June 3, 1951, in Cardin. She survives, of the home.

Additional survivors include one son and his wife, Rick and Jolene Huffman of Picher; one daughter and her husband, Debbie and Gaylen Urie of Chelsea; one sister, Muriel Penrod of Claremore, six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two stepmothers, Faye Huffman and Edith Huffman, and one sister, Maxine.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Picher. Max Adams will officiate. Burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami.

Pallbearers will be Jason Huffman, Gaylen Urie Jr., Adam Urie, Michael Urie, Gabriel Huffman and Justin Huffman.

Memorials are suggested to the Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association at 6465 S. Yale, Suite 206, Tulsa, OK 74136-7804.