Del Webb Lakewood Ranch Association of Veterans and Military Supporters

Jerry Hufford

Jerry HuffordOn Feb. 8, 2022, the Del Webb community and AVMS lost a friend and leader with the sudden passing of Jerry E. Hufford.

Jerry served as Commander of AVMS since 2020 and was the guiding force behind the programs and projects that AVMS sponsored. All of which carried the theme that was Jerry - helping others.

Peggy Hufford said her husband will be remembered in Del Webb as the guy who would drop everything to run over and help people. Although his efforts were always front and center to the local residents who benefitted from his kindness, Jerry preferred to be the guy behind the scenes.

A very moving tribute was paid to Jerry at the Sarasota National Cemetery on March 2, 2022. The flag was presented by two Air Force Airmen to his wife Peggy, Military Taps was played, a message was delivered by AVMS Chaplain Ken Anderson, and a moving tribute was offered by Jerry’s dear friend and former AVMS Commander, Herman Martinez. The ceremony concluded with the release of four homing doves.

A Celebration of Life followed the ceremony at the Del Webb Oasis. Jerry’s family and friends gathered and shared heartfelt memories of Jerry. The Del Webb Let’s Sing Choir sang the Beatles, “All You Need Is Love”. The Beatles were one of Jerry’s favorites and that song captures the spirit of Jerry Hufford.

When Thinking about Jerry’s story, it has three amazing character traits, among many others: Servant Leadership; Friendship; and Love. While we know Jerry would have been self-conscious about being talked about, he lived those traits.

As we all grieve the loss of our AVMS leader, we do so with the promise of carrying forward the work and example that Jerry provided.

AVMS Upcoming Events

Donations in Memory of Commander Jerry Hufford
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AVMS Meeting Minutes: June 14, 2022
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Jerry Hufford: Wall of Heroes
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Pay Your 2022 Annual Dues Online
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Save The Dates
Next AVMS Meeting - Tuesday, June 14, 2022 6:30pm
The Oasis

Lip Sync Battle and Dance Party - Saturday, July 30, 2022
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Winn Dixie at The Green at Lakewood Ranch

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Member of the Quarter Q4 2021: Ellen Binen-Milbrod

Ellen Binen-Milbrod, Member of the Quarter Del Webb AVMSEllen Binen-Milbrod, also known as “the Tax Chick”, is the owner of a Certified Public Accounting firm in Bradenton Florida. She is a licensed CPA in the states of Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois. With over 35 years experience, Ellen is a highly respected professional in her field.

As the daughter of an Army veteran, Ellen has a deep appreciation for the military and for those who serve. When Del Webb’s AVMS needed a skilled accountant to manage their business needs, Ellen jumped at the chance to provide her services at no cost. Ellen takes great pride in giving back through her time and expertise and looks forward to serving AVMS for years to come.

As a Del Webb Lakewood Ranch resident, she lives here with her husband Steve (AVMS Treasurer) since 2017. Ellen and Steve have two children (Nikki & Doug) who live in the Orlando area.


Did you miss our last Member of the Quarter? If so click to read about our previous Member of the Quarter »»

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As our Del Webb community started to develop in 2017, a small group of residents had the idea to start a group to support our military, their families and our community.

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