Robert T. Hunt

FAIRFAX, Va. - Robert T. Hunt, 80, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia, two days before his 81st birthday.

Bob was born and raised on the family farm in Huntsburg, and he lived in Newton, Paulinskill Lake and Milford, Pa., before moving to Woodbridge, Va., in 2008. He was the owner of Newton Auto Body for 34 years.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Claire Sutton Hunt, of Woodbridge, Va.; his four children, Douglas Hunt and Deborah Olszewski, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Michell G. Lander of Vernon, and Jeffrey Hunt of Henderson, Ky.; five grandchildren, Shanna Lander of New Jersey, Haley Hunt of Florida, Jeremy Scott Hunt, Christy Osborn and Jarrod Embry of Kentucky; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jack Hunt, of Culpeper, Va. Robert also is survived by two step-children, Elizabeth Daetz and her husband, George, of Cary, N.C., and Lawrence Sutton and his wife, Karen, of Woodbridge, Va.; seven step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.

After finishing Newton High School, Robert worked for several years on the family farm in Huntsburg before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1952. During his active duty service, he was the NCO in charge of the motor pool in Inchon and Pusan, Korea. Upon his discharge in 1954, he continued his passion for vehicle repair working at Pioneer Garage and Newton Auto Body, later becoming the owner of Newton Auto Body in 1974.

Bob was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Newton and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Newton, 111 Ryerson Ave., Newton, NJ 07860. Online condolences may be offered at

Funeral Home

Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street Newton, NJ 7860
(973) 383-4600

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Apr. 10, 2013