Gene “Huffie” Hufnagel, 82, of Dale, passed away at 2:42 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2019, in Dale.
He was born March 8, 1937, in Warrick County, to Bernard and Ida (Stallman) Hufnagel. He retired after working in the smelting department of Alcoa Warrick Operations, and he treasured the friendships he made throughout his years there. He enjoyed visits with his Alcoa buddies and reminiscing about his days on the job. He was a member of United Steel Workers local No. 104, Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees, and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dale.
Gene and his wife Faye ran the raffle booth at the Dale Fall Fest for a number of years. He continued to actively support the Fest and looked forward to its arrival each year. He loved sitting out back watching the bird feeders, collecting John Deere memorabilia, drinking Coca Cola, and driving around Dale on his golf cart supervising town activities. His favorite times were spent visiting with family and friends. Gene will always be remembered for his positivity and his selflessness.
Surviving are his three children, Terry (Missie) Hufnagel of Newburgh, Debra Hufnagel of Huntsville, Alabama and Rebecca McLaughlin of Dale; five siblings, Malee (Ralph) Burress of Dale, Jerry Hufnagel and Janice (Richard) Rainwaters of Aiken, South Carolina, Rick Hufnagel of Santa Claus, and Dan (Carolyn) Hufnagel of Reo; six grandchildren, Amanda (Nathan) Forbey, Ashley Hufnagel, Tonya (Earl) Borders, Tony (Lindsey) Westenhofer, Craig (Christy) Westenhofer and Brittany (Casey) Williams; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Elizabeth (Reinhart) Hufnagel, who passed away in 2013, and one grandchild, Sasha Rene’ McLaughlin.
Funeral services for Gene “Huffie” Hufnagel were held on Tuesday, November 19, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dale with burial following in Dale Cemetery. The funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. Crispine Adongo.
Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg was entrusted with the funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family for installation of a memorial bench at Dale Park. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.