SOUTH BARRE - Col. Herbert Gage Hunt Jr., 90, USAR Retired, of the Holden Road, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at the Mayo Nursing Home in Northfield.
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Born March 20, 1923, in Lynn, Mass., he was the son of Herbert G. and Ethel (Miller) Hunt Sr. He attended schools there, as well as the Randolph Agriculture School and the University of Vermont in Burlington.
On Aug. 31, 1950, he married Violet Ann Rivers in the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre. Most of their married life had been spent in South Barre and for 12 years in Waterbury, where he managed the farm at the Vermont State Hospital. They later resided at The Gardens in Williamstown and more recently at Mayo Health Care in Northfield.
Herb and his wife worked together at their dairy and tree farm on Route 14 in South Barre for many years.
He was a veteran of U.S. Army service during World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. Herb was a Pearl Harbor survivor and served in the Pacific Theater of operations with distinction, having been awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Bronze Star while being assigned to the 27th Infantry Regiment of the 43rd Division. He was discharged May 31, 1970, from the USAR School in Burlington as a full colonel.
World War II history, reading, gardening, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, as well as bingo, were his special interests.
His memberships included very active participation in the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre and the Wesley United Methodist Church in Waterbury, as well as belonging to the American Legion, the Vermont-New Hampshire Christmas Tree Growers Association and the Winooski Lodge #49 F and A.M. He was one of the last members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association in the central Vermont area.
Besides his wife, Violet, he leaves two daughters: Barbara Plante of Northfield, and Nancy Knorr and her husband, Leonard, of Barre City; and two sons: Herbert G. Hunt III and his wife, Pamela, of Long Beach, Calif., and George Hunt and his wife, Mercedes, of Orange, Mass.; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are two brothers: Sheldon and Wallace Hunt, as well as nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two daughters: Helen Louise Hunt and Mary Jane Melendy, and a son, Richard Hunt, who died in infancy; his sister Barbara Budka; and brothers, Norman and Royce Hunt.
The committal and graveside service with full military honors will be accorded him Friday, June 28, 2013, at 9 a.m. in the Waterbury Center Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Thursday, June 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Patient Activity Fund, Mayo Health Care, 71 Richardson St., Northfield, VT 05663.
Herb will be long remembered for his integrity, his hard work and his love and faithfulness to his family, friends and colleagues.
Hooker & Whitcomb Funeral Home
7 Academy Street Barre, VT 05641
Published in Times Argus from June 25 to June 26, 2013