Harold "Hal" Theo Hunter, 82, of Denver, N.C., passed away Monday, August 25, 2014, after a brief illness.
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Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Eileen Gall of Canonsburg; children Heidi Hunter Foote (Mark), Heather Hunter Warren (Jack) and Hal T. Hunter III (Tracy); three grandsons, James O'Rourke, LTGJ Hal T. Hunter IV and Andrew Hunter.
Mr. Hunter achieved the Eagle Scout designation while in high school. He put together an outstanding career in football and wrestling at the University of Pittsburgh. This was followed by a 23-year college football coaching career, including Washington & Jefferson College, Richmond, West Virginia, Maryland, Duke, Kentucky and Indiana. From 1977 to 1980, he was head football coach and assistant athletic director at California University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Hunter's 21-year NFL career began as offensive line coach for the Baltimore-Indianapolis Colts in 1984, where he was interim head coach in 1985. He was an offensive line coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1985 to 1988 and with the Cleveland Browns from 1989-1992, where he was nominated for Offensive Line Coach of the Year in 1989. From 1994 until his retirement in 2005, he was a professional football scout, first for the San Francisco 49ers, and then for the Carolina Panthers, where he was also personnel coordinator. He was enshrined in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame as both a coach and a player.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 30, in Unity Presbyterian Church, Denver, N.C. Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Hunter family.
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Published in Observer-Reporter on Aug. 30, 2014