A.J. "Jack" Huffman, 92, retired chief engineer of the pump station of the Waynesburg Water
Co., a position he held for 49 years until his retirement in August, 1947, died at 12:40 a.m.
Sunday, Feb 7, 1971, in Greene County Memorial Hospital. Although in declining health the
past year, he was seriously ill only a few days.
Mr. Huffman was born August 26, 1878 in Washington County, a son of James and Sara Jane Seibert Huffman.
For the past year he had lived at the home of a son, A. J. Huffman Jr., on old Route 21, east of Waynesburg.
During his long service for the water firm he was once trapped in the pump station for almost a week by a high flood, but through his ingenious mechanical ability was able to keep the plant in operation most of that time.
He was one of the town's first automobile mechanics, working at that trade during spare time. He was credited with having assembled the first automobile in the town.
While working at the water plant in West Waynesburg, he rescued two persons from drowning.
Mr. Huffman was a member of the First Christian Church of Waynesburg and of the Waynesburg Moose Lodge. He was married twice. His first wife, the former Belle Burnfield, died in 1901. His second wife, the former Gertrude McNeely, to whom he was married in 1909, died Feb. 26, 1967.
He is survived by two sons and two daughters, all born during his second marriage. They are A. J. Huffman, Jr., of Greensboro Star Route, Waynesburg, who succeeded his father as pump station chief engineer; George of Waynesburg, R. D. 5, (Rees Mill), Mrs. Mary E. Cox of Waynesburg, R.D.4; and Mrs. Ruth Richter, of Waynesburg, R.D.5; and 16 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren.
Another son died in infancy.
Funeral services were held Wednesday with burial in Oakmont Cemetery.
He was a member of the Bethany Methodist Church.
Newspaper obituary, date and source unknown (Greene County, PA)
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