Gerald "Jay" Louis Huss

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Gerald "Jay" Louis Huss

Gerald "Jay" Louis Huss passed away peacefully on Friday Oct. 16, 2009, at his home in Marshalltown, Ia. His wife and three children were at his bedside. Jerry was under the care of Iowa River Hospice and had been battling cancer for nine years.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Marshalltown. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at Estel-Perrin-Avey with a vigil service at 7 p.m. and a Rosary at 8 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Memorials may be sent to Iowa River Hospice at P.O. Box 1086, Marshalltown, IA. 50158

Jay Huss was born on Sept. 6, 1934, in Royal, Ia. He was the youngest of seven children born to Edward and Charlotte Huss of Royal, Iowa.

Jay graduated from Everly High School in 1952, attended St. John's University in Minnesota and then transferred to the Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1957.

Jay was then drafted into the United States Army in 1957 where he served at Fort Lewis, Washington, as a Personnel Specialist (Battery Clerk) as the 44th Artillery Battalion Commander discovered Jay was the only one in the battalion who knew how to type. Upon receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1959, Jay moved to Omaha, Neb., where he worked on the railroad as an inspector. He also worked as a medical technician at the Veteran's Administration in Omaha and sang in a barbershop quartet as an Irish tenor. He met his wife of 49 years, Elma Jean Michieli, in Omaha, where they performed together in a dinner theater play production.

Jay and Elma married on Jan. 30, 1960, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Sterling, Colo. In 1961, Jay took a job in the Science Department in the Ocheyedan, Ia, Community School District where he taught science courses for three years. Jay then returned to the State College of Iowa (University of Northern Iowa) where he earned his Master of Arts in Education in 1964.

Upon graduation, Jay accepted a position in the Marshalltown Community School District in the Science Department where he primarily taught Chemistry and Honors Chemistry at Marshalltown High School from 1964 to 1996. He retired after 32 years of teaching in the Marshalltown School District. In 1975, former Iowa Governor Robert Ray presented Jay an "Excellence in Teaching Award" in chemistry from the Iowa Academy of Science.

Jay also taught Drivers' Education during the summers, was active in the Marshalltown Education Association and led the Youth Conservation Corps where he spent summers benefitting the environment in Marshall County which included building a suspension bridge at Three Bridges Park. He helped maintain the greenhouse at Marshalltown High School and displayed his love for gardening each year by keeping a thriving yard full of flowers and plants.

Jay actively participated at St. Henry's Catholic Church as a song leader and also served for three years on the Marshalltown Area Catholic Schools Board. Jay had almost perfect pitch in music and he used that gift through singing and in tuning pianos across Iowa. After retirement, Jay worked part time at Mycogen Seeds.

Jay is survived by his wife, Elma Michieli Huss; his children: Patrick Jude Huss (Minneapolis, Minn.), Tobias Edward Huss (Los Angeles, Calif.), and Jo-Ellen Huss Adkins (Annandale, Va.). Jerry and Elma have five grandchildren: Tate and Sawyer Huss (Minneapolis), Charlotte Huss (Los Angeles); and Michael and Carolyn Adkins (Annandale, Va.). He is also survived by his oldest brother, Frank Huss (Spencer, Ia.), Howard Huss (Westminster, Colo.) and Judy Lohmeier (Ida Grove, Ia.) and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be rejoined with his deceased parents, Edward and Charlotte Huss; his brother, Charles Huss; and two sisters: Jeanne Cenkovich and Julie Rodgers.