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Julie A, Huebner, age 68

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016

Julie Ann Huebner, age 68, of Bushnell, died Friday, July 15, 2016, in Sioux Falls.

Julie was born on February 19, 1948, in Meckling, SD to Rolland G. and Emily Ann (Julian) Jones.   Her father moved the family to Flandreau, SD to open a law office in 1954. Julie worked for her father as a Legal Secretary. She graduated from Flandreau High School in 1967 and married David E. Huebner after starting her college career at SDSU.

In 1968, Dave entered the United States Army Corps of Engineers as a Second Lieutenant. Julie and Dave lived in D.C., and later Hawaii from 1968-1971, while Dave was serving his country. During that time, Julie attended Leeward Community College in Hawaii. In 1971, the couple moved back to Brookings. Julie began working for the concrete plant and Dave resumed his career in the sign business. Dave also started his pottery business with the help of Julie as the bookkeeper.

Julie helped start the Brookings Summer Arts Festival in 1972. Julie and Dave adopted their daughter, Myrna, in 1977.   Together, they purchased an abandoned store in Bushnell, six miles from Brookings. They restored the building and moved there in 1978. In 1980, the Brookings Renegade Muzzleloaders Club appointed Julie as their Secretary/Treasurer. In 1984, Julie served as the President of the Church Council and Centennial Committee at Pioneer Lutheran Church near White, SD. She was also the chairman of the Summer Arts Festival, a position she held many times. 

Julie continued her studies at SDSU graduating with her Bachelor of Arts and later her Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling.   In 1987, her kidneys failed, which forced her to start dialysis.   She received a kidney transplant in 1990. That same year, she lost one of her legs. Four years later, she lost her other leg, causing her to be confined to a wheelchair.

Julie was a member of the DAR, VFW Auxiliary, Brookings Summer Arts Festival, and the Brookings United Church of Christ. Julie served as a Moderator of the Church Council and was involved with the Church’s Empty Bowls Soup Supper, a benefit for the hungry.   She was also a member of Bushnell City Council, where she helped pave the streets and set up the 911 address. Julie loved cats and dogs and leaves behind her beloved pets, Mama Cat, Felix, and Little Willie.

Those left to carry on her memory are her husband, Dave; daughter, Myrna Lee Huebner; and her grandchildren; Linnae Emily Ann Lee and Grace Hansenstill.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Brookings United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Union Cemetery at Flandreau, SD.   Visitations will be from 9:00 –11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church.   Eidsness Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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