Crusade friend Joe Huber III dies

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Longtime WHAS Crusade for Children supporter Joe Huber, III, the son of Bonnie and the late Joe Huber, Jr., died following an accident at his home in Starlight, Indiana on July 27 around 11:00am when the riding lawn mower he was using overturned into a pond. He was 60.

A family member told WHAS11 News that a neighbor called police after the accident. They also reported that the mower was a zero turn model.

The Huber family has supported the WHAS Crusade for Children for decades hosting events throughout the year that raise thousands of dollars. Since 1989 those donations total more than $130,000. As an example of their commitment, the Joe Huber Family Farm and Restaurant hosted a craft show and balloon glow Saturday, July 25 to benefit the Crusade for Children.

Each year during the WHAS Crusade for Children weekend, the arrival of Huber family members is much anticipated because they bring with them fresh-picked strawberries for all to sample in the crowded WHAS11 studio. It’s one of the Crusade’s annual special moments.

The flag at Joe Huber’s Family Restaurant was lowered to half-staff on Monday.

The Huber family partners with the Crusade


In 2009, continuing their support of the WHAS Crusade for Children, the Joe Huber Family Farm & Restaurant in Starlight, Indiana created the Joe Huber Crusade Endowment Memorial Garden Path in memory of Joe Huber, Jr. who died in 2008 at age 74.

Proceeds from the purchase of the three sizes of bricks benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment. That’s the Crusade’s long term fund that will help thousands of children for decades to come.

Learn more, by clicking on the graphic below.


Joe Huber III obituary

From the July 28, 2015 Louisville Courier-Journal:

Huber, Joseph H. “JoJo” III, 60, died on July 27, 2015 in Starlight.

JoJo was born on March 21, 1955 in New Albany, IN to Bonnie (Kruer) Huber Naville and the late Joseph H. Huber Jr., founder of Joe Huber Family Farm and Restaurant. The oldest of five children, he was raised on the family farm in Starlight. A 1973 Flaget High School graduate, JoJo went on to earn an agricultural economics degree from Purdue University. As an avid entrepreneur, he dedicated his career to the family business, establishing and growing a family-friendly farm and restaurant business for many generations of family visitors to enjoy and create memories.

JoJo was actively involved in the family’s support for the WHAS Crusade for Children that his father had started many years ago. He was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, and he engineered the Starlight daylily gardens where the beautiful flowers still bloom daily. Aside from the passion for his family, he loved to escape to island life and any opportunity to captain a boat on open water. He will be greatly missed by so many who loved and knew him; but every time we put our feet in the sand, we will remember him and the love and joy he brought to us.

JoJo married his late wife, Kathryn M. “Kathy” Kirchgessner in September of 1974 and in 2008, two years after she lost her long battle with cancer, he assumed the proud role of grandpa to now five grandchildren who became his number one priority in his day-to-day life. During one of his tropical adventures he met a wonderful and loving partner in this mission, Deb Green.

JoJo is survived by his companion, Deb Green; son, Joseph H. Huber IV (Julianna), and daughters, Terra Huber Mahan (Travis) and Jenna Huber Clem (Matt); grandchildren, Clayton Huber, Ava and Jake Mahan, and Mac and Cannon Clem; sisters, Kimberly “Kimmy” Kaiser (Mike) and Beverly Engleman; brothers, Lewis Huber (Katie) and Charles “Chuck” Huber (Tracye); and many relatives and friends. In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Norbert and Marcella Kirchgessner.

His visitation is 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015 and after 9 a.m. Friday at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany, IN 47150). His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (8310 St. John’s Road, Floyds Knobs, IN 47119) with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment (520 West Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY 40202).

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