Hubert Francis Benn “Huby” died May 2, 2013, at the age of 85, of natural causes. He died peacefully with Esther, his wife of 64 years, and family, at his bedside.
Huby was born in Mitchell, S.D., on Dec. 3, 1927. He married Esther Virginia Horst in Scottsbluff Nebraska in August 1948. In 1949, Huby received a Bachelor’s degree in both Biology and Education from University of Nebraska and University of Wyoming (’52) and began his teaching and coaching career.
After short teaching stints in Nebraska and Glendo, he settled in Evanston, in 1954 and began teaching and coaching at Evanston High School. Huby taught biology, physics, chemistry and physiology and over his long career his students were often multiple generations of families. In 1974 he was listed in the Outstanding Secondary Educators of America. His special love was coaching and he coached boys’ and girls’ basketball, golf, and cross-country skiing. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and will be inducted into the Evanston Coaches Hall of Fame. Huby retired in 1991 after 42 years of teaching.
Huby served as president of the Evanston Education Association, the Purple Sage Golf Club and the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. He was a long time member of the Willow Island Gun Club, the Elks Club, Evanston Civic Choir, Sigma Chi Fraternity, and the Evanston St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. Huby worked for the U.S. Forest Service during the summers from 1968 through 2006, where he loved the outdoors and serving the public. For many years he owned and operated the Polar King Drive-In, back in the day when the food was fresh, not frozen.
Huby enjoyed fishing, hunting, bird-watching, reading, watching basketball, going to the casino and vacationing with family and friends. In 2008, Huby and Esther moved to Hemet, Calif., to embrace its warm climate. Huby was a gentle man with a terrific sense of humor and he loved conversation. He was a wonderful husband, father and friend and he will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Huby is survived by his wife, Esther; sons, Rodney (Tammy Julian), of Marina Del Rey, Calif., William, (Terry Rankine), of Riverton, Brian (Bobette), of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Keith Christopher Benn, of Ogden Utah; daughter, Annette (Tony) Thornton, of Riverton; sister, Cecele Hertik (Adrian), of Santa Rosa Calif.; sister-in-law, Jean Benn, of Phoenix; 11 grandchildren, Casey (Tyminney), Brian Keith (Summer), and Brian Robert Benn, Molly, Mitchell, Sean, Andrew, Joe and Carly Thornton; and four great-grandchildren, Heath, Kaithyn, Brison and Quintin Benn. He is also survived by many wonderful nieces, nephews and other extended family. Preceding him in death are his parents Walter and Margaret Benn, of Rapid City S.D., brothers, Keith W. Benn, of Phoenix, Ariz., and William R. Benn, of Baltimore Md.
A memorial scholarship fund has been established in memory of Hubert Benn; contributions may be sent to John Williams, 537 10th Street, Evanston, Wyoming, 82930.
A funeral mass was held for Hubert on May 9, 2013, at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Hemet. A memorial celebration of Huby’s life will be held in Evanston at a later date.
It would be hard to find anyone who loved the land and people of Evanston more than Huby Benn.
For the complete article see the 05-08-2013 issue.