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Thunderbird Advocate Chief A. J. Huffer Dies






    In 1977, a person named John Huffer took a number of images of two giant birds retreating from a tree. Though the sighting was talked about by the Discovery Channel on their present, Into the Unknown, the birds pictured within the images have been dismissed as turkey vultures relatively than Thunderbirds.  This actuality tv look was linked to the sightings in Lawndale, Illinois. John Huffer, identified later as Chief A. J. Huffer grew to become a widely known advocate of large cryptid birds. Thunderbird sightings have continued into the brand new millennium.


    On March 29, 2022, ”Chief AJ” Huffer suffered a fall. The medical doctors found a severe an infection, and he started a battle for his life. On March 30, 2022, he handed away.

    Chief AJ John Huffer, 84, of Tuscola, Illinois, died together with his loving spouse, Corinne, close by at 9:15 a.m. March 30, 2022 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Well being Heart, Mattoon, Illinois.

    Chief AJ was born in Peoria on Dec. 25, 1937. He was adopted by Charles and Dorothy Busey Huffer of Urbana.

     Chief AJ attended the College of Illinois after graduating from Urbana Excessive Faculty in 1955. He joined the Marine Corps after one semester on the UI. Throughout his time as a Marine in California, he was a physique builder and a stage 1 marksman. After honorable discharge, he returned to the UI, the place he was recruited to be a mannequin for artwork college students. That’s the place he met and fell in love with artwork pupil Corinne Shreve. They have been married on July 26, 1959. They have been married 62 years till Corinne’s passing on Aug. 17, 2021.

    Chief AJ is survived by his son, Jason (Janice) Huffer of Waverly, Ohio; daughter, Rebekah (Vince) Baldauf of Anchorage, Alaska; grandchildren, Benjamin Burton, Tara Huffer (Lawrence) and CoWanda Pleasure Huffer and Dottie (Cody) and John Baldauf; and great-grandsons, Bastian Skye Burton and Noah Lawrence Moshofsky Huffer.

    He was preceded in demise by his spouse, Corinne Huffer; father, Charles C. Huffer; mom, Dorothy Busey Huffer; sister, Mary Huffer Hickman; and granddaughter, Stephanie Corinne Huffer.

    At 80 years previous, via DNA testing, he was blessed to be united together with his organic brother, Theodore Yednock.

    Funeral providers might be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Dwelling, 705 S. Major St., Tuscola, with the Rev. Ralph Deal officiating. Burial will comply with in Tuscola Township Cemetery. Visitation might be from 4 to six p.m. Sunday, April 3, on the funeral house.

    Chief graduated from Bible faculty and was impressed to start out a boys house. This introduced him again to Tuscola, the place they bought a big house for the boys house. The boys house finally modified to an assisted dwelling house. Then, with companions, he opened We Care Nursing Dwelling in Arcola. In addition they opened lodge eating places in Arcola and Mattoon. He finally joined the Carpenters Union in Champaign Urbana. He later was a contractor and had dinner within the White Home with Ronald Reagan as Minority Contractor of the 12 months.



    Chief was a scrawny child. He wished to start out weight coaching at an early age. His mother and father made him study all of the muscle groups earlier than they allowed him to get a dumb bar set. He went on to compete in Mr. America twice in his life and quite a few physique constructing competitions. He represented Tuscola within the Tremendous Pure Physique Basic in 2001, the place he gained first-place grasp 55 and over.

    Chief had an epiphany and was set on taking pictures a world document. Over an eight-day interval in March 1987, he shot a world document of 14,060 wooden blocks with no miss. This landed him on the quilt of Weapons journal and launched his journey of fame within the gun world. He later developed the Chief AJ Slingbow, which has been offered all around the world. His pricey pal, Tony Reeves, now runs his “Slingbow Empire.” Chief appeared on actuality TV exhibits “High Shot,” “Man vs Machine,” “Monster Hunters” and “Historical past’s Mysteries.” He personally bought to know Roy Rodgers and had a giant Cowboy Indian gun change in Las Vegas.


    Chief AJ (Apostle John) had a love of the Lord and loved preaching and bringing folks to the Lord.

    Chief AJ had an incredible love for his household. He took His spouse, Corinne, all around the nation to gun exhibits and nationwide parks. He frolicked in Alaska for the delivery of his grandchildren, and graduations, after counting their toes and fingers and watching graduations, he can be off on Alaskan searching adventures. He was blessed to have his granddaughter, Tara, and her household stick with him for the final month. He developed a fantastic bond together with his 7-month-old great-grandson, Noah.

    Chief AJ has many followers world wide; he has touched many lives. He might be missed by many. After beating most cancers and dwelling with extreme neuropathy ache and dropping his beloved spouse, Corinne, he would all the time say, “I’m able to have supper with Jesus.” Chief AJ lived his life to the fullest; he was bigger than life together with his booming voice and large persona. He’ll endlessly dwell on in his accomplishments and deeds and his everlasting life with the Lord, A-man.


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    His firm issued this announcement:

    It’s with nice unhappiness we should announce that the one and solely, legendary, John “Chief AJ” Huffer has handed on on the age of 84 to be reunited with Jesus and his beloved spouse of 64 years.


    Because the founder and namesake of our firm, we need to take a while to honor the quite a few accomplishments he achieved throughout his time right here on earth.


    • Chief held many world data in taking pictures with arrows, rifles, and slingshots. You may study extra about these data right here.
    • He was a champion bodybuilder in each his youth and as a senior citizen.
    • A person of many abilities, he was a contractor, a counselor, and a minister… however that’s not all. Chief would additionally develop into a photographer, an writer, and naturally an inventor/businessman.
    • His ebook “The Exploits of Chief AJ” could be bought right here.
    • His best invention was our well-known Sling Bow, which (as it’s possible you’ll know) is a slingshot that may shoot arrows and is a authorized archery weapon in lots of states at present.
    • He was additionally a TV star for a quick whereas, showing on ‘High Shot’ from the Historical past Channel, after which the Nationwide Geographic Channel, the place he gained a shoot-off in opposition to a totally automated, laser-guided machine gun.


    Whereas we might go on and on bragging about all of the unimaginable issues our beloved John Hufferdid throughout his life, most significantly to us — he was an incredible pal and mentor. For that, he might be immensely missed.


    Fortunately, his legacy will all the time stay on the coronary heart of our firm. Chief AJ the enterprise will proceed to be run by Tony Reaves, because it has for the previous a number of years.


    Chief, could you Relaxation In Peace.

    My because of Kevin Guhl for passing alongside the information.

    suffer and daughter becky

    Chief AJ & Daughter Becky autographing
    “The Exploits of Chief AJ” ebook at Tulsa, OK present.

    Video profile or right here.