Betty Huddle


NAPOLEON — Betty June Huddle, 88, Napoleon, Ohio, passed into her Heavenly home on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

She was born in Colton, Ohio, on June 19, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Leota (Gramling) Houts.

Betty is survived by her husband, Herbert. They were united in marriage on May 6, 1951, by the Reverend Martin Zschocke at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Napoleon. They have four children, Steven, Diann Mansfield (deceased), David (Rhonda) and Jean (Scott) Knepley; grandchildren, Carissa Gilgenbach, Kathryn Steveline, Robin Civiello, Kara Payne, Michelle Hahn, Rachel Gerken, Jackie Anderson, and Nicole Knepley; and 12 great-grandchildren. She had two brothers, Bernard (Maude) and Charles Jr. “Chuck.” She had five sisters, Mildred (Jim) Gillespie, Marie (Leonard) Varnell, Arlene Griteman and Patsy (Lee) Beck, all of Napoleon, and Helen (Robert) Myers of Tucson, Arizona (all deceased). Surviving are sister-in-law, Anella Houts; and brother-in-law, Robert Griteman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Diann Mansfield; and great-grandchildren, Alyana and Sunny.

Betty graduated from the Liberty Center High School in 1950. She was the track queen in her sophomore year and drum major of the high school band in her junior and senior year, also drum major of the Henry County 4H band, having performed at the Ohio State Fair.

Betty was the secretary for the Henry County Health Department and later spent 20 years in the Henry County Clerk of Courts office as deputy clerk. She was elected as Henry County Clerk of Courts for three terms and retired in 2000. She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Napoleon.

Betty loved to cook and try new recipes. She liked to travel with her husband, having been on three ocean cruise ship tours to the Caribbean Islands, Panama Canal, South America, Mexico, Aruba, Hawaii and Alaska. They also made two trips to Europe, which included England, France, Normandy, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Austria. She enjoyed camping when the children were growing up and traveled on many bus tour trips across the United States in later years.

Friends and family will be received at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon, on Monday, December 28, 2020, from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church’s organ fund and/or St. Paul Lutheran Church’s radio station 94.1FM, WTPS.

Online condolences and messages may be shared with the family at Livestreaming of the service may be viewed on or St. Paul Napoleon’s Facebook page.

Due to the current health conditions surrounding COVID-19, masks will be required to attend services or visitation in accordance with the state. Please also respect social distancing and make use of the website to contact the family if you are not feeling well.

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