Robert Charles Huber, Sr, a longtime resident of Cheverly Maryland passed away June 5, 2023 after a brief illness, shortly after the passing of his life partner and wife Ellen Joyce Hevenor Huber on May 12, 2023.
A private family service was held and a public remembrance will be scheduled for a later date.
Born May 14, 1930, Robert was a child of the Great Depression. But he went from abject poverty as a young child to retiring as deputy director of an important federal center, thanks to his intelligence, thriftiness and strong moral compass
But there were many steps in between. From the regimented anonymity of an early 1930s Boys Town in Ohio, where orphans and children of the depression's impoverished were warehoused , through Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati whence he graduated with high marks. Then it was army service - an unblemished career in a base hospital in Germany, while the Korean war raged and the wounded poured through.
He met Ellen Joyce Hevenor there, daughter of an officer on base Soon married, they lived in bases in Europe and the USA. Then post-service, Huber and his growing family moved from New York City to Mobile, Alabama on the Gulf of Mexico where his sister Helen Huber had property.
It was there, that, at the urging of his brother William Huber, that our father applied to the US Civil Service. Accepted, his exemplary work over the coming decades at the National Center For Health Statistics in Washington DC enabled him to raise a family on the outskirts of the nation's capital. Modestly but without want. He retired as deputy director of that important office, which tracked the health of America in all fifty states and Its possessions.
Robert and his wife Ellen were also secular members of the Order of of the Discalced Carmelites at the Order's Washington DC Monastery.
A long time conservative, he was strongly opposed to the invasions and destruction of Iraq by presidents Bush 1 & 2. as well as the destruction of Libya by the Obama Administration.
Huber transmitted his love of Nature to his children. From camping in the snowy Maryland winters, to hiking the C&O Canal path and Appalachian trail, to fishing and clamming on Assateague Island, to crabbing on the Chesapeake and bass fishing in farm ponds and learning knot tying and other survival skills, he taught his children how to respect the natural world and live in it safely
May his life serve as an example. One of the quietly great of the Greatest Generation. A successful family man whose thriftiness, strength in times of adversity and faithfulness to his spouse Ellen Joyce Hevenor Huber and their children was exemplary of his piety as a practicing Roman Catholic.
He is survived by sons Robert, Ronald and Thomas Huber and daughter Renata Christine Huber Samsky and her husband James Samsky , and grandson Richard and numerous nieces and nephews
He was predeceased by two beloved sons. Richard Clement Huber and Roger Christopher Huber, his sister Helen Huber Mittleman and brother William Huber.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.