Nelson R. Huff
8/24/24 – 4/30/13
Nelson “Bally” Huff (Turtle Clan, Seneca Nation) passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara, their children Julie (Robert) Jimerson, Roberta Jones, Kerwin Huff, Wendy Huff, and Michael “Sam” Huff; nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren; a brother, Stanley “Sully” Huff and several nieces and nephews.
A World War II Veteran, Nelson served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was a Charter Member of the American Legion Iroquois Post #1587 on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #409 in Gowanda, NY.
Nelson played the “Creator’s Game” – lacrosse – with the Newtown Athletic Club that competed among Haudeosaunee communities in the 1940s-50s in the North American Indian Lacrosse Association. He later coached the Newtown Golden Eagles and the U.S. team in its competition with Canada at Expo ’67 in Montreal. Nelson was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2005) and the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame (2008) for his legendary skill and continued support of the lacrosse tradition.
Nelson enjoyed and was active in the Seneca Nation of Indians’ government and served as a Councilor. He is a member of Ironworkers Local #6, Buffalo, NY and was a life member of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Volunteer Fire Department (CIRVFD).
“Bally” was born in the Newtown community of the Cattaraugus Reservation, where he and his family spoke only the Seneca language; his first and last words were Seneca.
Bally cherished and was grateful for his family and friendships; in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to organizations in his memory.
Friends may call at the family residence, 11879 Burning Springs Road, Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday morning; he will be laid to rest in Newtown.
Arrangements are by Wentland Funeral Home, North Collins.