Hans F. Huyck, 87, of Lake Placid, FL formerly of Sunfield, MI passed away Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 in Sebring, FL surrounded by his family following a brief illness with Covid related complications.
Hans was born August 23, 1933 in Sunfield, MI the son of Dr. Stanhope and Florence (Schavey) Huyck. He graduated from Sunfield High School in 1952 where he was an outstanding athlete. After graduating from high school, he married Wilma Millard on May 24, 1954. Hans and Wilma made their home in Sunfield where they raised their four children. Wilma preceded him in death on October 3, 1997.
Hans, or Doc as he was commonly referred to, worked 60 years in the furniture industry beginning with Mapes Furniture, “The Big Store in the Little Town”. He ventured out on his own as an independent manufactured furniture representative. His sales career lasted 60 plus years retiring at the age of 82.
Doc was a proud member of the Sunfield Fire Department for 40 years. He retired as Chief of the department. He was also a member and past president of the Sunfield Lions Club. He was a member of the Sunfield Masonic Lodge.
As an athlete, Hans participated on many different baseball leagues. He later moved onto fast pitch softball where his team, the Sunfield Lions, won several championships. Hans gained numerous lifelong friendships over his ball playing career. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and golfer. Doc also had a deep love for the University of Michigan and cheering for their teams in many Big 10 championships. Later in life he became a Master in Woodcarving. He proudly gifted his carvings to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Hans was a licensed private pilot. Hans and his copilot Wilma owned a Taylorcraft 2 seat plane that they enjoyed flying around the State of Michigan.
Wilma proceeded him in death in 1997. He later found companionship and adventure with his partner, Shelly Bushman. He and Shelly enjoyed, cruises, casinos, and their home in Florida where they resided together for a number of years.
Survivors include: Shelly Bushman- life partner, Sister: Katherine Mapes of Sunfield, MI, Children: Mark (Rita Patrick) Huyck of Pentwater, MI, Carol (Mike) Burch of Battle Creek, MI, Jennifer (Ed) Walker of Pentwater, MI, Elizabeth (Tracy Haifley) Huyck of Yuma, AZ, Grandchildren: Chad (Kasey) Walker of Bark River, MI, Kelsey Burch of Raleigh, N.C., Kaili (Aaron) Melucci of Grand Rapids, MI, Erin (Alex) White of Perrysburg, OH, Great Grandchildren: Hans and Easton Walker, Molly and Cameron Melucci and Sonnet White, Several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Wilma, Hans was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Diane Huyck, brother-in-law Larry Mapes.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday June 12th at 11:00 am at the Sunfield Cemetery in Sunfield, MI. Luncheon will follow at the Sunfield Park under the pavilion. Memorial contributions in memory of Hans may be directed to the Sunfield S.P.Y.’s, or the Sunfield Fire Department Auxiliary.
Please visit a special webpage made especially for Hans, to light a candle in his memory or leave a condolence for the family. www.RosierFuneralHome.com
The family has entrusted the arrangements to the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.
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