Wilbur Charles Huss


Wilbur Charles Huss passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2022, in San Augustine, Texas, at 90 years old. He died peacefully at home in his sleep, surrounded by family.

Wilbur, known as Wil or WC, was born on February 13, 1932, in Guthrie County, Iowa. Wil was the first of three sons born to Charles and May Huss. Wil graduated from Payton High School in 1949 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served for four years. On December 23, 1952, Wil married Lauretta Dagit of Pekin, Illinois. They had three children: Douglas, Teri, and Richard.

In 1957, Wil began a career with IBM (International Business Machines) as one of their first computer programmers. While employed at IBM, Wil worked and lived with his family in many states: New York, Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, and then back to Texas. Wil worked on several aeronautics projects for the “Federal Systems Division” of IBM, most notably as a member of a team of programmers who wrote emergency spacecraft landing procedures for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) missions, including Gemini, Apollo, and the Space Shuttle. Wil retired from IBM after 30 years of service.

Wil had a lifelong love for hunting, bowling, playing cards, gardening, birdwatching, playing his guitar, listening to country music, singing to his grand- and great-grandchildren, watching baseball, and reading the Bible. Wil was known for his quick wit, his irresistible smile and laugh, and his kind and compassionate spirit.

Wil was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and May Huss; his wife, Lauretta Huss; and his brother, Gary Huss.

He is survived by:

Son, Doug and grandchildren with Vickie Huss:
Jeremiah and Tonya Huss
Erin and Josh McGee
Karl and Rebecca Huss
Morgen and Ryan Hamlin

Daughter, Teri and Randy Town

Granddaughter, Amber Hartley

Son, Rick Huss

Brother and sisters-in-law:
Jim and Cheryl Huss
Connie Huss

Wil is also survived by seventeen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild due December 2022.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 24, 2022, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Mills officiating. Interment will follow at the Huss Family's Piney Woods Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas.

Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army: https://give.salvationarmytexas.org.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences. Services are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, located at 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine, Texas.