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To the Rostered Ministers, Vicars, Interns, and SAMs of the Northern Illinois Synod

June 24, 2021

Dear friends in Christ,

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  It is with sadness that I report to you the death of the Rev. Orlyn Glen Huwe, who died Sunday, June 20, 2021, in Rockford, Illinois.

Rev. Huwe was born in Day County, South Dakota, in 1934, to Arthur and Viola (Selle) Huwe. He married Rita Carol Carey in Troy, Ohio, in 1960. They have three sons, three grandchildren, and one great grandchild. One granddaughter, Amelia, died in infancy.

Rev. Huwe’s family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, in 1945. He graduated from Tech High School in 1952. Rev. Huwe graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1958. After attending theological seminaries in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Columbus, Ohio, and serving an internship at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Butler Pennsylvania, he graduated in 1964. Rev. Huwe was ordained as a Lutheran pastor a few weeks later at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska.

Rev. Huwe served three congregations before retirement: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Washington, Indiana; New Life Lutheran (founding pastor) in Bolingbrook, Illinois; and The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Rockford, Illinois. After his retirement, he served as an interim at First Lutheran of Freeport, Illinois, Prince of Peace Lutheran in Rockton, Illinois and Grace Lutheran in Loves Park, Illinois. Rev. Huwe served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56 and was stationed in southern France for 16 months.

Rev. Huwe is survived by his wife Rita, and their three sons: Dave (Beth) of Monona, Wisconsin; Tim of Rockford; and John (Vickie) of Machesney Park. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Stephanie (Tanner) Boudreaux; Ted Huwe; and Rachel (Austin Pick) Huwe; and great granddaughter Ellie. One sister, Marvel Ring, also survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one sister, and granddaughter.

 Visitation will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Rockford on Friday, July, 2 from 9-10:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. To send online condolences, please visit

As the church we offer our sympathy to Rev. Huwe’s family and friends and because of Jesus' death and resurrection, we rejoice in God's promise of eternal life, comfort, and hope.

Walking with you,


The Rev. Jeffrey Clements
Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA