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John Greer Hunter


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Hunter John Greer Hunter,January 27, 1939 - March 27, 2017. John Greer Hunter "Judge" of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2017 at Fairhaven Home at the age of 78. Born on January 27, 1939 in Bucyrus, Ohio, he was the son of the late William James Hunter, II and Freda (Walton) Hunter. He married Laura Jane Henceroth on September 6, 1968, and she survives in Upper Sandusky. John is also survived by his two sons, William James Hunter, III of Richmond, Virginia and Douglas S. (Lynn) Hunter of Aurora, Ohio; four grandchildren, Austin, Benjamin, Katherine, and Leah; two sisters, Lynn (Darl) Gerber of Upper Sandusky and Ann (Richard) Senff of Salida, Colorado; as well as nieces and nephews. In 1957 he graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, West Virginia, where he attained the rank of sergeant and played drums in the school band. After high school he attended Miami University for two years then transferred to Ohio Northern University where he received his undergraduate degree in 1964 and his law degree in 1967. In Upper Sandusky, he practiced law with his father for six years before serving the citizens of Wyandot County as the Judge of the Court of Common Pleas from 1975 through 1998. At the time, he was one of only seven judges to act as a judge in all divisions of the Common Pleas Court which include, Probate and Juvenile, and General which included Civil, Criminal and Domestic matters. After retiring from the Court of Common Pleas, he served as a judge taking assignments by the Supreme Court of Ohio for six years before completely retiring in 2002. While his time as judge he served on many local, state and national committees. He created a county program to help at-risk youth in 1975 and in 1976 he was appointed as the Chair of the Attorney General's Statewide Task Force on Juvenile Justice. He was also active in the state and local bar and judicial associations and volunteered his time to work with law students and preside over mock trials at his alma mater, Ohio Northern University. In 1994, Judge Hunter's courtroom was used in the filming The Shawshank Redemption, in which case many locals in the cast as extras. Judge was cast as a juror in the movie. Locally, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Upper Sandusky. He was also a former member of First Lutheran Church, also in Upper Sandusky, where he served both churches in varies leadership positions. He was a member of the local Elks Lodge 83, Stone Crossing Golf Course and Sam Walton Lake. He was extremely proud of his service on the Library Board and in helping to establish the current library building. The Judge was an avid golfer, boater and Ohio State sports fan. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. at BRINGMAN CLARK FUNERAL HOME. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Kenneth Wessler officiating. A private burial will be conducted at a later date in Old Mission Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Upper Sandusky Community Library, First Presbyterian Church or Fairhaven Health Care Community in care of Bringman Clark Funeral Home, 226 E. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky, OH 43351. Visit www.BringmanClark.com to view the Life Tribute DVD, send a condolence or share a memory.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 29, 2017
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