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Richard L. Hunt passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013, following complications from hip surgery. A native Ohioan, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps Reserve at the age of 17, called to active duty in World War II, serving until 1947.
Mr. Hunt volunteered during the Vietnam War as an Army Aviator and was granted a direct commission as Warrant Officer. He graduated with honors from the U.S. Army Aviation School. Two years after his arrival in South Vietnam, he was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer, supporting the 5th Special Forces, the MAC-V Flight Detachment, a VIP transport unit, receiving awards for the Army Commendation Medal and Army Air Medal with four Oak Leaf clusters.
After his military service ended, he worked for Continental AirServices in Saigon and Laos as Supervisor for the Production-Planning-Records division, responsible for controlling large-scale aircraft fleet maintenance. Mr. Hunt became General Manager for Guam-based 'Air Pacific International Airport and eventually started his own surplus business. He retired after 13 years, moving to Guadalajara, Mexico with his family. They moved again, in 1993, calling San Antonio, TX their home.
He is survived by Lan, devoted wife of 46 years and their three children: son Jules and two beautiful daughters - Jeanne and Lydia. Two grandchildren - Justin and Jordan - sons of Jeanne, are the youngest of the family.
Memorial service for Mr. Hunt will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, 1614 El Paso Street, San Antonio, TX 78207. After service, Fort Sam Houston National Cemetary will provide full military honors, to begin promptly at 11:30 a.m.
Published in Express-News on Jan. 19, 2013