Longtime Anchorage resident, Ollen Hunt, 90, passed away on March 8, 2014 in Anchorage.
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Ollen Hunt was born in McLemoresville, Tennessee on July 25, 1923 to Sant Hunt and Mattie Virginia Hunt. Ollen took to heart the guidance of his parents who instilled in him a strong, kind, and loving character.
Ollen was drafted into the U.S. Army November 22, 1942. His outfit was the 92nd Infantry Division, E Company, 370th Regiment. The "The Buffalo Division" traced its lineage to the famed African-American Buffalo Soldiers of the post Civil War era.
After the war, Ollen returned home for a short period before returning to assignments in post-war Italy, England, France and Germany. While in Nuremberg, Ollen met Hannelore Geyer. They were married a few years later and remained married 59 years.
Ollen continued his military service and retired at Ft. Lewis in 1963. In 1964, Ollen was accepted for a position with Northwest Orient Airlines as a flight kitchen chef in Anchorage Alaska, arriving in time for the Good Friday earthquake.
Ollen worked in and later purchased the Hof Brau restaurant, the Sandwich Deck and the Before and After Shop. During the "Hof Brau years," Ollen served on downtown merchant and municipal committees and councils, and received awards for his civic contributions.
After this second "retirement," Ollen wrote "Buffalo Soldier: What I Did for My Country, What My Country Did for Me." Proud of this accomplishment, Ollen promoted his book at many book-signings, community events, and in television and print media.
Ollen Hunt was a hardworking man who was always ready to shake a hand, talk to friends and strangers, and help others. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
Ollen is survived by his wife, Hannelore Eva Hunt; daughter, Katherine Rita; granddaughters, Ariel Ericka and Taylar Halee; son, Ollen Erich; and daughter-in-law, Karen Lovaas.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Soldier's Chapel on JBER Ft. Richardson at 1:30 p.m., with burial services conducted at 3:00 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes Bragaw Chapel.
In lieu of flowers the Hunt family requests that donations be made in Ollen Hunt's name to any Veteran's charity organization such as Wounded Warriors, local charities such as Covenant House, or other charities that enhance the lives of the citizens of the city Ollen loved so dearly.
Legacy Funeral Homes & Cremation Services - Witzleben Chapel
1707 S. Bragaw St. Anchorage, AK 99508
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Mar. 16 to Mar. 17, 2014