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John Huffman, longtime JALC attorney, passes away at 84

Submitted by Steve O'Keefe
John A. Logan College
updated: 1/16/2022 3:21 PM

CARTERVILLE -- John Huffman, a partner with Gilbert, Huffman, Prosser, Hewson, and Barke, passed away on Dec. 31, 2021, at 84. Huffman was a highly respected attorney focusing on Labor Law, Employment Law, and School Law cases. He spent decades as legal council to John A. Logan College.

"John Huffman was a tremendous Lawyer and someone you wanted on your side. But to me, what stands out is how fair he was to everyone," said JALC Board Chair Bill Kilquist. "If he was negotiating a contract, he strived to find the best possible solution for both parties."

Kilquist added that Huffman was exceptionally compassionate toward those facing difficult times.

"If someone was facing hard times because of substance abuse or other issues, John did everything he could to help them. He was just an incredible person, and I will miss him dearly.'

John A. Logan College President Kirk Overstreet did not have the opportunity to work with Huffman, but he knows Huffman's impact on the College.

"It is evident how much John A. Logan College meant to John Huffman, and the College continues to benefit from his work."

A private family service has been held and a Celebration of John's Life is planned for 2022. Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale assisted the family with arrangements.

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