Robert Hunter passed away on January 12, 2019 at 91. He was born in Chicago and after high school, he enlisted in the Army in 1946, serving in the 511 Parachute Infantry Regiment stationed in Japan. After serving in the Army, he attended the University of Illinois majoring in civil engineering. Upon graduation in 1952, he began a career with Harza Engineering Company, working on hydroelectric projects all over the world, but predominantly in Central and South America. He retired in 1987 and pursued his second passion as a volunteer at the Illinois Railroad Museum restoring Pullman cars and using his engineering skills on various projects at the museum. He also worked with Kloke Locomotive Works on the design and construction of 2 full size, fully operational steam locomotives. He is survived by his two sons, Robert (Marguerite), grandchildren Kylie, Elliot, and Sean, and son Glenn (Annette), grandchildren Michael and Matthew. He was a guiding force and inspiration to his family. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Family will hold private services at a later date. Memorials can be made to the Illinois Railroad Museum, PO Box 427, Union, IL 60180.
Published in Daily Herald from Jan. 17 to Jan. 20, 2019.