Robert Huffer headed Teletech sales

Robert Michael Huffer, the sales and customer service arm of Teletech Video, was “one of those people who brightened your day every time he walked through the door, remembered Liz Palese of Global Video of her good friend of many years.

Mr. Huffer, 49, who had battled kidney problems and disease since he was a boy, had a serious relapse and died of kidney failure Nov. 1. Visitation is Thursday at the Donnellan Funeral Home in Skokie.

Mr. Huffer was the brother of Jeffrey Huffer, whose family, headed by his mother, the late Lois Huffer, a film duplication and distribution expert, founded Teletech, a full service production/post and distribution company in Streeterville 25 years ago.

Earlier, Lois Huffer and her sons and daughter, Martha, had worked together at Telemation, then a leading video production company in Glenview. With Sears as one of their key accounts, the Huffers started their own company. As the sales executive, Mr. Huffer was the face of the company.

He left the company briefly to work in the commodities business in San Francisco, but returned to rejoin the company. When illness prevailed, he left the family business for the last time. “He struggled with the disease for years,” said Jeffrey Huffer, noting that Robert had lost one kidney when he was just a young boy. “He had incredible will to keep going.”

Mr. Huffer was the father of Connel and Logan Huffer, brother of Martha (Roy) Erickson and Jeffrey Huffer (Kim); uncle of Robert (Abbie) Lyman and Michael and Melissa Huffer; great-uncle of RJ Lyman.

Visitation Thursday is at 4 to 8 p.m., at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd., at Old Orchard Rd., Skokie. Interment Private.

Memorials may be made to The Walter Payton Liver Center, at The University of Illinois Medical Center, 1740 W. Taylor St., 7th Fl, W. Chicago, IL 60612 Info: 847-675-1990 or