Huber Funeral Home Historic Preservation Fund

Huber Funeral HomeTom and Jane Huber share a love of history that goes back at least as long as their own history together. They’re especially interested in local history, since they are the third in four generations of Hubers that have operated a family business in Perry County.

In 1921 Tom’s uncle, Ivo Huber, and Ivo’s father, Henry, opened Huber Funeral Home in Cannelton. Tom apprenticed with his uncle, and in 1972 Tom and his wife, the former Jane Peter, purchased the business and began their life’s work together. In 1986 they established Huber Funeral Home in Tell City in the former Barnhart Furniture Building, and their daughter Julie Huber-Bishop joined the business after graduating from mortuary school.

Tom says he learned most of what he knows about local history from his father, Lee Huber. The same is true for Julie, who says her own interest also was sparked by her grandfather. “He remembered so many families and how many businesses were established and how the area grew.” She said, “It was almost like storytelling, except that his stories were about real life.” The Hubers think of Lee’s colorful stories as a gift to his family, as a beautiful tapestry woven with great care.

When the Tell City Schweizer Fest Committee and the Perry County Chamber of Commerce named Huber Funeral Home Outstanding Business of the Year in 1996, the Hubers felt the time was right to give something back to Perry County and the families they had served. They decided to combine their desire to give back with their desire to help preserve Perry County’s rich history.

In 1997 they established the Huber Funeral Home Historic Preservation Fund with the Perry County Community Foundation. Because the fund is endowed, its assets are never spent, while its proceeds are awarded annually to both the Tell City Historical Society and the Perry County Museum.

Julie was already connected to the Perry County Community Foundation. She was a member of the first Leadership Perry County group that helped create the Foundation. Tom also had a close tie to the Foundation, having served as a member of the inaugural board of trustees. It was important to both of them, and to the entire Huber family, that they establish a resource that would not only serve their community but also carry on their love of historic preservation for future generations.