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Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton
Friday November 15th, 2013

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Jon Willits Huitema

Fr. Mark Lichter
Dan Orton
David Orton
Doug Orton
Bill Raabe
Bill Ficken
Doug Ficken
Barry Huitema, Jr.
Jon W. Huitema was born Monday, August 24, 1942 at Springfield, South Dakota to Sidney and Adeline (Moore) Huitema.  When he was two years old, Jon and his family moved to Yankton.  Jon was united in marriage to JoAnn Fishbeck on January 14, 1961.
From 1960 to 1969, Jon worked for Jackrabbit Bus Lines in Sioux Falls.  Later, he operated a Texaco Oil gas station. In 1971, he began working for Ken Bitterman Ford, which later became Robinson-Ehret, and remained there until 1998.  At that time he started his career with Sturdevant’s Auto Parts, where he remained until his retirement.
Jon had a lifelong love for classic cars, motorcycling, and all sports, including walleye fishing.  Jon went to many motorcycle and classic car events and even drove a stock car in the early 1970’s.  Jon was a member of the Elks Lodge for over 50 years, and was currently an active member of the Moose Lodge and Classic Cruiser Car Club.
Jon died on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 71 years, 2 months, and 17 days.
Jon is survived by his wife, JoAnn, of Yankton; two sons: Jeffrey (Lori) of Yankton and Michael (Karen) of Rapid City; five grandchildren: Brittany, Derrick, Kristen, Jonathan, and Tanna; two great-grandchildren: Melony and Nichole; one sister, Julie Orton, of Yankton; and one brother, Sid Huitema, of Ocala, Florida. Jon dearly loved his family, especially his grandchildren.
Jon was preceded in death by his parents, Sid and Adeline, sister Marlene Raabe and brother Barry Huitema.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Legacy Solutions
1014 W. 8th St.,
Yankton, South Dakota
One hour prior to Mass
Friday, November 15, 2013
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Yankton, South Dakota

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JoAnn and Family, My heart felt condolences to you and your loved ones, Jon was a very special and caring person. I got to know him at the gas station where he was always helping me and others fix our cars with out charge. He was always there for anyone in need and he will be greatly missed. A friend, Ed Klasi

Edward Klasi Nov 19 2013 7:06 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss.

Patty Vavra Nov 15 2013 10:42 AM

Mike and Karen and girls, My sympathy on the loss of your Dad and grandpa. Thinking of you at this sad time.

Mary Ann Cuka Nov 15 2013 9:20 AM

JoAnn and family. My deepest sympathy to you all. I was sorry to read of John"s passing. He will be missed by all of the class of 60 as well as his family members.

John Mogck Nov 14 2013 6:27 PM

We were sorry to hear of Jon's passing. Always enjoyed visiting with him about city issues and his passion for having a progressive city. Was a great ambassador for Roninson-Ehret and always took care of his customers. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don and Melissa Buehrer

Don Buehrer Nov 13 2013 5:53 PM

JoAnn and family, We are so sorry to hear about Jon. He was such a kind man and always willing to help anyone. We have so many good memories of him from the car club. Thoughts, prayers, and love to your family. Doug and Marge Jensen

Doug and Marge Jensen Nov 13 2013 4:50 PM

Jeff and Family: I'm sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jeff Wright Nov 13 2013 11:10 AM

Mike & Family.....So Sorry Such A Great Loss, I Always enjoyed Talking To Your Dad & Giving Him A Bad Time......He Can Rest In Peace...Your In Our Thoughts & Prayers Take Care & God Bless

Bryce Mach Nov 13 2013 9:09 AM

So sorry to hear of John's passing. You all have my deep sympathy. Always enjoyed visiting with John at Robinson Ehret. We shared a lot of laughs and smiles. May God comfort you with wonderful memories. Chris Hilson

Chris Hilson Nov 13 2013 7:46 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Rex and Kay

Rex and Kay Fiedler Nov 12 2013 7:44 PM

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