Daniel Joseph Huff: The Man, the Entrepreneur, the Dreamer
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Daniel Joseph Huff was a beloved son, father, brother, uncle, great uncle, cousin, and friend. He was the only son born to Frances and James Huff of Laurel, MT, on December 20, 1956. He passed away peacefully at the Riverstone Hospice House on April 16, 2021, at the age of 64. Dan is survived by his son James Huff and James’ mother Darlene Wystub. He is also survived by four sisters: Pam Waddell, Chris Lohrenz, Eileen Lowery & Susan Gontarek and a special cousin Terri Culliton. Because of life-long friendships he had three chosen brothers: Doug Wystub, Mike Connors, and Zach Culliton (deceased). His father James Huff preceded him in death in 1982, and his mother Frances Huff in 2020.
Dan had the joy of being the dear uncle to 15 nieces and nephews and great uncle to 20 great nieces and nephews. He established special connections with all the “little people” in his life. Zach Culliton, who had Muscular Dystrophy, inspired Dan to enjoy life daily and forever seek adventures. Dan was a visionary and inspired those within his ever-growing circle to make meaningful connections, live out their passions, dream big and never give up.
In his earlier years, Dan worked at Albertsons for 20 plus years. He then carried on the legacy of Huffs’ Antique Shows which his parents started over 50 years ago. As the owner of Huffs’ Old Stuff & Junk and White Buffalo Lodges Tipi Co., Dan was an antique dealer, entrepreneur, art dealer, tipi expert, junk accumulator, and treasure hunter. His mind was always dreaming up big ideas and creating new ways to make the world a better place. He was a person who made a home wherever he landed and became family with whomever he met. He loved to travel and spent a few winters in his van meandering south to Arizona and California where he could soak up the endless sun and inhale the ocean air.
Making connections with people was by far his favorite pastime and his eternal optimism was contagious. He was a comedian who brought love and laughter to many. His generosity and patience made him an enthusiastic teacher of art, antiques, tipis and even junk.
Despite being diagnosed with ALS at the age of 62, he never once let it slow him down (in fact he traveled over 450 miles around Billings in his wheelchair and went through a set of tires). As a strong advocate for all scientific efforts in the fight against ALS, Dan has donated his brain to research. While his life was cut short, his time on this earth will leave a lasting footprint and deep impression on the countless lives he touched. He will be missed, but never forgotten. May you forever rest in peace our dear Danny Joe Huff. You are loved!!
There will only be a private family gathering. Memorial donations can be made in Dan’s name to: Riverstone Health Hospice House, 123 So. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101, ALS Association @als.org, or to White Buffalo Foundation, 133 6th Ave. W., Kalispell, MT 59901.