Victor H. Huck Jr., 74: an unlikely seaman
SOUTH PORTLAND — Victor H. Huck Jr., 74, died unexpectedly July 24 at his home.
Huck was born in Evansville, Ind., on Jan. 15, 1938, the eldest of seven children. He attended school in Evansville before joining the U.S. Coast Guard – without ever having seen the ocean. While stationed in Portland, he met his future wife, Judith Sandberg.
The couple shared 53 years of marriage while raising four children, Theresa, Victor III, Mary Jane and Shawn. Victor was a lifelong advocate of education, and sacrificed so his four children could have the best education possible.
Huck retired from the Coast Guard after 23 years. He went on to work at various jobs, and take an active role in his community. He served in the E-7-8-9 Club, the Warrant Officers Club and the Cutterman’s Association.
Huck's favorite pastimes included genealogy, cooking, computers and reading. He was an avid fisherman and sports fan, and would travel anywhere to watch the Atlanta Braves. He also enjoyed attending sporting events involving his granddaughters
He is predeceased by his parents, Victor Sr. and Carolyn (Peak) Huck, and by nephews Seamus and Thomas Nee.
Huck is survived by his wife, Judith; sons Victor III of Scarborough and Shawn of South Portland; daughter Theresa of Portland; daughter Mary-Jane Richards and her husband, James, of Skowhegan; brother John of Foley, Ala.; brother Frederick and his wife, Terry, of Greencastle, Ind.; brother Thomas and his wife, Lisa, of Evansville, Ind.; sister Alice Patrick, of Evansville, Ind.; sister Grace Beliles and her husband, Larry, of Evansville, Ind.; sister Mary Griggs and her husband, Steve, of Foley, Ala.; granddaughter Erin Matthews and her husband, Brandon; and granddaughters Katie Richards, Lindsay Richards and Kylie Richards.
A mass of Christian burial was held July 28 at Holy Cross Church in South Portland. Burial with military rites followed at New Calvary Cemetery, also in South Portland.
Those who wish may make contributions in Huck’s memory to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, P.O. Box 1807, Auburn, ME 04211-1807.