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THOMAS RICHARD "DICK" HUNT


1932 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
THOMAS RICHARD "DICK" HUNT Obituary
WATERMAN – Thomas Richard "Dick" Hunt, 81, a lifelong resident of Waterman, Illinois, passed away in the comfort of his home on May 29, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.
He was born Nov. 12, 1932, at the Waterman Hospital to Harold and Doris (Kopp) Hunt. He leaves his daughter, Susan Hunt-Ellis (Marius) of Kamuela, Hawaii; two sons, Stephen (Jenny) of West Haven, Utah, and Scott (Cindy Carlstrom) of Waterman; and special friend, Betty Hartman of Shabbona.
He will be missed by his grandchildren, Tyler (Samantha) Hunt of Waterman and Megan and Zachary Hunt of West Haven; great-granddaughter, Ily Hunt of Waterman, (daughter of Tyler and Samantha); and brother, Floyd Hunt of Waterman. He is lovingly remembered by Samantha Dwyer-Zinober, Jamie Dwyer, Charlie Dwyer and several nieces and nephews.
Dick was a member and past elder of the Waterman Presbyterian Church and veteran of the Korean War. After being discharged from the Army National Guard he followed in his father's footsteps as Clinton Township Road Commissioner. He retired as commissioner in 1995 after 27 years. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 654, a former commander, and was formally recognized for 60 years of participation. His membership with the ELKs was especially important to him. He really enjoyed Sunday golf outings and bowling night with his ELK buddies.
As a Waterman volunteer fireman, he served as recording secretary for many years. He also coached Little League and was a Boy Scout leader who planned and coordinated Pinewood Derbies and pancake fundraisers. His efforts were instrumental in organizing several scouting expeditions, bravely taking scouts canoeing into the wilderness of the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota and Canada.
As a young man he could often be found with his brothers at the roller skating rink or water skiing. In his later years, activities which occupied much of his time included riding his Harley, motorcycle trips to Sturgis, South Dakota, driving his Mustang convertible, playing golf, fishing, and hunting deer and coyotes.
He loved to travel and spent most of his post retirement winters with either his son, Steve, in Utah, or daughter, Susan, in Hawaii - sometimes both. Allowing Dick's seasonal escape was son, Scott, a third generation road commissioner, at home in the brutal cold and snow of the Midwest winter. When not discussing Hawaii or Utah, he shared stories and photos of his three trips to South Africa's Kruger National Park with daughter, Susan, and son-in-law, Marius. Following in their father's footsteps, his sons proudly served their country, enabling Dick to routinely visit homeports/duty stations in California, Connecticut, England, North Dakota, Nevada and Utah. With his daughter living in Hawaii several visits to Pearl Harbor also were made.
Immediate family preceding him in death were his parents, Harold and Doris; sisters, Dorothy Salerno and Rosalind Parrick; brother, Ronald Hunt; and niece, Colleen Narr.
A memorial visitation will be held for family and friends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 12, at Waterman Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow with full military honors at North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman. A memorial service will then take place at 2 p.m.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory; 815-264-3362 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
Published in Daily Chronicle on July 2, 2014
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