Joseph “Joe” Paul Huiras, 55, also known as “Ghetto,” died suddenly of a massive heart attack Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at his home in Weyerhaeuser.
Joe “Ghetto” was born Feb. 15, 1957, as a twin, to Paul and Theresa Huiras of rural Bruce. He attended and graduated from Weyerhaeuser Public School and began his lifelong passion of living, laughing and fishing. Other than a few years spent in Arizona, Joe spent his entire life in the Weyerhaeuser area, but amassed friendships all over the country—a testimony to his amicable ways. He worked construction for his brother until an injury disabled him the last couple of years, but continued volunteering for the Weyerhaeuser community and fire department when it didn’t interfere with fishing, attending sporting events and pursuit of new adventures.
Living a bit on the edge, Ghetto had survived car, train, snowmobile, boat, motorcycle and even plane crashes, but probably his favorite story is when he wrestled a northern to the shoreline while on a family vacation in the Hayward area. (True story!)
“Ghetto” leaves behind his father, Paul Huiras, of Bruce; two brothers, John (Connie), of Weyerhaeuser, and Jim, of Del Mar, Calif.; three sisters, Carol, of Ladysmith, his twin Annie, of Bruce, and Diane, of Chetek; his girlfriend, Saundra “Sandy” Horton, of Weyerhaeuser; nine aunts; four uncles; numerous cousins; four nephews; three nieces; and four great-nieces. He will also be deeply bereaved by his fishing buddies and friends both old and new.
Beating him to the “finish line” are his mother, Theresa, who passed away in 2009; an infant brother who was also named Joseph; four aunts; seven uncles; several cousins; some very close friends; and his beloved dog Annabelle.
Services for Joe were held Monday, Jan. 14, at the SS. Peter and Paul Church in Weyerhaeuser with Craig Voldberg officiating, and a cremation followed. Ghetto, if you can hear us, thanks for the memories.