Robert LeRoy “Bob” Huhta of Moscow died Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Gritman Medical Center. He was 73.
Bob was born September 24, 1945 at Deadwood, South Dakota to Oswald T. and Marion K. (Grandstaff) Huhta. He grew up and attended school at Deadwood until the family moved to Darby, Montana and then to Wallace, Idaho. He graduated from high school at Wallace.
He joined the Navy in 1963. Following his discharge in 1966. Bob was a very proud patriot and veteran. He attended North Idaho Junior College at Coeur d’Alene. He transferred to the University of Idaho and obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering. While at the UI, he met Terry Johnson. They were married in Moscow on June 8, 1964. Bob worked at Ole Johnson Trucking for a time. He and Neil Odenborg collaborated together and owned Communication Electronics doing radio repair work for local law enforcement maintaining repeater towers.
Bob went to work for Washington State University as an electrical engineer, retiring from there in 2010. He and Terry were “eclipse chasers” and had viewed seven world-wide, including Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean as well as the United States. He was a SCUBA diver, enjoying the Caribbean, The Great Barrier Reef and the South Pacific. Bob especially enjoyed “tinkering” in his electrical shop at home. Bob’s favorite musical artist was Bob Dylan – so when you hear “Knockin’ On Heavens Door” – think of him.
Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Terry, at their home, his sister-in-law, Deb (Randall) Meaker in Montrose, Colorado and his brother-in-law, Tony (Debi) Johnson of Viola, sister-in-law, Tina (Greg) Zweigle of Pullman and his mother-in-law, Marilyn Johnson of Moscow. He also leaves 5 brothers and sisters living variously.
At Bob’s request, he will be cremated and his urn placed at the Moscow Cemetery. A private family celebration will be held later.
The family suggests that memorials be made to a charity of choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.