WILLIAM BEN HUCKABY, M.D.
Dr. Ben Huckaby died on December 3, 2016, in Austin, Texas, after a short illness.
Ever the private person, it was Ben’s wishes that no services be held, although his ashes will be buried in Wichita Falls next to the grave of his wife.
Ben, a longtime resident of Wichita Falls, was born in Norman, Oklahoma, on February 22, 1934, to George and Ona Lou Huckaby. After spending several years in Norman and Marlow, his family settled in Iowa Park and owned and published the local newspaper, the Iowa Park Herald, for many years. There, Ben met and married the love of his life and wife of 53 years, Lou Ann Duke. Ben graduated from Midwestern State University and then earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and the couple returned to Wichita Falls in 1962, when he began his career as a family practitioner. Throughout his many, many years of practicing medicine in Wichita Falls and later in Electra, he made house calls, delivered babies, handled all kinds of medical emergencies, and provided general medical care for thousands of people. Ben spent over 40 years practicing medicine in the Wichita Falls and Electra area, and was known and loved by many for his kindness, gentle demeanor, humor, and generosity.
Ben was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as a physician in the 1st Air Cavalry Division during the Vietnam War in 1967 and 1968, which included providing emergency medical care during the Tet Offensive and some of the most violent engagements of the war.
He proudly served as a Regent of Midwestern State University from 1974 to 1980, and was involved in the creation and development of the fine arts theatre and sponsorship of a noted guest lecture series.
Ben was devoted to his wife, Lou Ann, and their only child, daughter Hannah. After he retired and closed his medical practice in 2004, Ben and Lou Ann moved to Taylor, Texas, to live near their daughter, her husband, and their newborn son.
After Lou Ann’s death in 2008, Ben made a home in Austin, Texas, with his daughter and her family. For over seven years, Ben enjoyed being a grandfather-in-residence to his grandson: picking him up at school, running errands, reading books, painting watercolors, playing cards and board games, watching Harry Potter movies and Star Trek, and just spending time together. Ben loved history, politics, philosophy, solitude, animals, books, his family, and taking care of others.
He is survived by his daughter Hannah, her husband and their son, and by extended family in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, those who knew and loved Ben may honor his memory with a donation to the American Civil Liberties Union (www.aclu.org) or Austin Pets Alive! (www.austinpetsalive.org).
Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress, Austin, TX 512/442-1446.
You may view memorials at www.wcfish.com