Martin H. Huschka


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Martin H. Huschka, 93, of Garden City, died Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Garden Valley Retirement Village in Garden City.

He was born Sept. 8, 1919, in rural Barton County, the son of Frank and Mary (Frenzel) Huschka. He grew up on a farm north of Ellinwood and attended a rural school located at Sts. Peter and Paul.

Martin served in the Kansas National Guard. During World War II, Martin served from 1940 to 1945 in the U.S. Army's 35th Division 161st Field Artillery Battalion as a Forward Observer, rising to the rank of First Lieutenant. He participated in battles at Omaha Beach and Battle of the Bulge, receiving a Battle Field Commission in 1945.

In 1954, he moved his family from Pawnee County to Finney County, where he worked as a farmer and stockman northeast of Garden City until his retirement in 1993. In 1976, he was elected to the Finney County Commission, representing the Third District for a total of 20 years. Through his county commission work his name has been left on several buildings in Garden City. In 2006, he was named grand marshal for the Beef Empire Days parade. In 2007, he was presented with a French Legion Medal of Honor for his service with the 35th Division in helping to liberate France during WWII. In 2008, he and his wife were presented the Finney County Pioneer award. In most recent years, Martin took care of his beloved wife, delivered Meals on Wheels until age 91, and enjoyed daily coffee with his friends at Traditions.

Martin was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, American Legion Post 9, VFW Club Post 2279, Elks Lodge No. 1404, Eagles Fraternal Order, Senior Center of Finney County and Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo and Finney County Historical Society.

On Oct. 2, 1947, he married Mary Ellen Hammeke in Belpre. She died May 26, 2013. He also was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Frank Huschka Jr., Leonard Huschka, Albert Huschka, Edward Huschka, Eugene Huschka and LeRoy Huschka; four sisters, Frances Sessler, Marie Doll, Ida Rziha and Leona Klein; and a daughter-in-law, Chris Chappas.

Survivors include four sons, Mark Huschka of Kansas City, Mo., Bernard Huschka and wife Merrie of Garden City, Gerald Huschka and wife Amy of Garden City, and James Huschka and wife Sherry of Ottawa; three daughters, JoAnn Yager and husband Jeff of Wichita, Rosemary Corbett and husband Rick of Garden City, and Celeste Petersen and husband Brent of Garden City; one sister, Evelyn Behr, Hoisington; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A vigil service and rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Garden City. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Dominic Catholic Church with Fr. Rene Labrador as celebrant. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.

Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. The family requests memorials given to St. Dominic School Endowment, Finney County 4-H Foundation or Kansas Honor Flight. Condolences may be emailed to

Arrangements by Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846.

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