Joseph Frederick Huber, 87


Joseph Frederick Huber, 87, of West Bend died May 7, 2011, at HospiceCare of Madison having lived a life dedicated to family, God and country. There are many who have been touched by his desire and commitment to see West Bend and his fellow man thrive.

Joe was born in 1924 to the late Joseph J. and Kathryn Huber (nee Schoofs) in West Bend. He attended Holy Angels and West Bend High, graduating from St. John’s Military Academy.

Interrupting his college career at St. Norbert’s College, he enlisted during World War II, attending Queens College in Flushing, N.Y., before serving in the Anti-tank Company of the 69th Infantry Division, the Division that met the Russians at Torgau, Germany. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star and other service medals.

In 1947, Joe married the love of his life, Winifred Kuhm, daughter of the late Dr. Herbert W. and Frieda Kuhm. Dr. Kuhm was an honorary curator, primary conservator and namesake of the Kuhm's General Store exhibit in the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Joe spent all of his working life in the graphic arts. He was an executive officer of the Washington County Publishing/West Bend News organization, leading the News Print Shop. Joe was a grandson of Joseph F. Huber, who in 1894 was a founding member of the Washington County Publishing Company, the producer of the West Bend News. Joe’s father and later his mother, served as publishers of the newspaper.

With the sale of the West Bend News, Joe continued work in the graphic arts industry at Milwaukee Cuneo Press and with his own company, Huber Graphics.

Joe’s service to the West Bend community included a wide range of organizations. He was active in West Bend Noon Rotary since 1947 where he was a past president and treasurer, the West Bend Memorial Day Committee since 1946, the Lt. Ray Dickop Post No. 36 American Legion where he was a first vice-commander and finance officer, the Fred A. Schaefer Post No. 1393 V.F.W., the Washington County Historical Society where he is a past president, and the American Red Cross where he was a chairman, fund drive coordinator and a member of the board of directors. He was also very active in scouting and was a founding member of Scout Troop 81 where he was the chairman and merit badge counselor, the 69th Infantry Division Association where he was national secretary and a member of the National Board of Directors, St. Frances Cabrini Parish, the Fr. Casper Rehrl Council 1964 Knights of Columbus where he was a fourth degree Knight and many other service and benevolent organizations.

Joe received the 2009 Burt Grover Award from the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators for his 24 years leading and serving in the West Bend Rotary’s Partners in Reading program, helping primary students improve their reading skills. This was a project which Joe enjoyed greatly, and which had a significant impact on the lives of others. He received the 2004 Apple award for Outstanding Volunteer Service from the West Bend Education Association for his service in Rotary’s Partners in Reading Program. In 1989 and again, in 2010, Joe received the Honorary Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the West Bend Rotary for his leadership and service. He has been named the recipient of the 2011 Washington County Red Cross Commitment to the Community Real Hero Award.

Survivors include four children, Joseph J. (Linda) of Sun Prairie, John (Susan) of Milwaukee, Lisa (William) Johnson of Madison and David (Kathy) of Cecil; eight grandchildren, Scott J. (Kelly) Huber, Kate Huber (Joseph Freihammer), Amanda Huber (Christopher Harrington), Annake Huber, Laura Johnson (Hollie Thompson), Dan Johnson, Allison and Timothy J. Huber; five great-grandchildren, Maxwell J. Huber, Katrina, Abbygail and Gabriel Miller and Rogue Jean Hopper, in-laws, Jordyce (Lawrence) Hyink and Lucille Kuhm; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Winifred in 2001; a sister, Barbara in infancy; and his brother, Mark.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend with a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. The Rev. Jeffrey Haines will preside. Entombment will follow in Washington County Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday, May 12, at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until a prayer vigil at 8 p.m. and also Friday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be given to St. Frances Cabrini School, the Columns Scholarship Foundation for Technical Education or the St. Frances Cabrini Building Fund.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online condolences and guestbook are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.