Carla Jane Huck, 76, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at a
Topeka hospital. Carla's life began on May 8, 1947, in Hardtner, Kansas. She was
born the daughter of Carl and Evia (Carrick) Rathbun. Carla was raised in the
Coldwater community, graduated from Coldwater High School in 1965, then
received a bachelor's degree from Ft. Hays State University.
On July 26, 1969, Carla married John Charles Huck in Coldwater. They were
together until John's passing on March 22, 2003. Also preceding her in death were
her parents Carl in 1961 and Evia in 1997.
Carla dedicated herself to working at Ft. Riley for more than 30 years before
retiring in 2002. She then returned to work as the Office Manager for the Feyh
Farm Seed company until 2020. The role was not traditional as she served as
chauffeur for all of the Feyh family kids taking them to doctors’ appointments,
driver’s education class, anywhere they needed to go. She was honored to be a
part of their lives and loved them as her own grandchildren.
In recent years, you would find her at a softball diamond, wearing her visor, and
cheering for her favorite girl’s softball teams. She knew the importance of
positivity in a young girl’s life and spread that inspiration to all the players she
Carla loved her pets and they brought her much joy, especially during the difficult
times after John was gone. Her heart ached for any animal in need and as her
older furry friends made their journey over the rainbow bridge. She was the first to
volunteer to help anyone with their pets and enjoyed telling them her favorite
stories about her own pets.
She put everyone else’s needs before hers. She was there for a phone call, a ride
to an appointment, lunch, or just a good laugh whenever anyone needed
anything. Her ability to listen, understand, provide support during difficult times
and find the humor in things will be greatly missed.
But most of all, she loved her girls. She enjoyed spending time with them and was
so very proud of their accomplishments. She “loved them to the moon and back”
and never failed to tell them. Her son-in-laws held a special place in her heart and
she was pleased that they were here to take care of her and her girls.
Survivors include two daughters, Jodi (Kraig) Vondran of Wamego and Jaclynn
(Steve) Brown of Alma. She also leaves behind a sister, Anita Lousch of
Oklahoma and her family Joe, Marcia, Johnny Carl and Jerry; her twin sister Linda
Jean (Larry) Johnson of Tucson, AZ; her sister-in-law Jane (Huck) Kay and her
family Tim, Susan, and Andrew; cousins Jerry and Joe Coles; and
step-grandchildren Melissa McCarthy and Jessica Parks; step-great-grandchildren
Marley, AJ, and Miyah along with her softball family and countless friends, all who
will miss her dearly.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Helping Hands Humane Society and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, KS 66536 or to 5720 SW 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66604.