John Hunsley
1960 - 2017
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Hunsley, John
1960 - 2017
John M. Hunsley, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017 after a long and courageous battle against Cystic Fibrosis. He was born March 13, 1960 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. John grew up with an absolute zest for life and relished recounting adventures of the years he spent living in New Mexico, Hawaii, and later West Virginia and Ohio. John loved to make people laugh. He will be remembered by all who knew him for his sweet boyish charm, quick wit, and quirky sense of humor, along with his unparalleled kindness and compassion for others. John touched the lives of people he met, wherever he went- all while continuing to battle CF. In turn, John was unreservedly beloved by many. He graduated from Turpin High School and later went on to attend Marshall University. In 1997, John graduated from Marshall University, earning his Bachelor's of Arts. He completed the first year of his Master's degree in Counseling before leaving to begin his career at the Social Security Administration. The SSA office staff of Ironton and Worthington were a second family to John. He was extremely proud of the service he provided to his claimants over his 18 year career. John was also an accomplished drummer and performed professionally in many bands across Southern Ohio and West Virginia during his early adulthood. He was an avid motorcyclist and spent countless hours riding on his beloved Triumph Speedmaster with his brothers-in-law. John helped organize COFF, a volunteer group for Cystic Fibrosis families in West Virginia, as well as several CF walks and bike rides. He was driven to raise funds, awareness, and support for those living with his disease. John was a CF camp counselor for many years. His greatest joy in life was the laughter and love he shared with the camp kids and subsequent lifelong friendships he developed with them. John is survived by his loving spouse, Sharon (Shari); sister, Carolyn (Gigi) Boyle (Patrick); stepmother, Berna Hunsley; step-sisters, Michelle Hoversten (Bill) and Rebecca Walker (Rev. Cynthia Black); half-sisters, Tara Cain (Lee) and Chamron Martin; niece, Amanda Tartaglia (Anthony); uncle, Walter Hunsley; aunt, Merry Dikeman; as well as many other nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother Barbara G. Walker, father George M. Hunsley and step-father Rev. Dennis R. Walker. He was previously married to Linda Bradley-Hunsley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's name payable to the Adult CF Center Fund, University of Cincinnati Foundation, PO Box 19970, Cincinnati OH 45219-0970. A celebration of life service will be announced on John's Facebook page.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Jul. 24 to Jul. 26, 2017.
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March 8, 2020
My uncle was John, he was an amazing man. Unfortunately, my parents are divorced and he lived far away, so I would only see him once to twice a year. I have many fond memories of John and his bright/ day making smile. John obviously had cystic vibriosis but take away the tubes, you would never know. You thought you were having a bad day, look at what his days were. If you actually knew what his days were, there would be no such things as a bad day. Love you John and hello aunt Shari! I hope you are doing ok!
Nathan Hoversten
May 7, 2018
Just found out of your departure. I am so sorry. I lived at your house in NM in 1975 as an exchange student from Colombia. I knew Barbara and Gigi well . I have so many memories and how good you were playing the drums. I spoke to you by phone around 2001 and you were the same as time had never passed . What an amazing person you were. Living in Florida I always wanted to see you again one day and give you a big hug. My condolences to Gigi.
Ken Giraldo
August 2, 2017
Sharon, Condolences to you and your family.
Danielle Davis
July 31, 2017
My condolences to Sharon and the family. What an amazing life.
Diana Jacobs
July 26, 2017
I was not able to meet John, but I was quite impressed in all he accomplished in his life.
Take care and thinking of you,
Stephanie S., OSUHP
July 25, 2017
Shari, John was always afraid he would die before he accomplished anything important. He never realized that he accomplished great things everyday by bringing joy, love, hope, and laughter to everyone he touched and by just being him. I'll never forget his laugh. When you heard it you just had to smile. Please know you are in my prayers.
Linda Hunsley
July 24, 2017
Shari, he was family to us, we love him and you. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. I know a bunch of people are up there welcoming him May your memories help to comfort you in this difficult time. God bless you, Gigi and family. See you soon.
Linda Bobinger
July 24, 2017
Lisa Weimer
July 24, 2017
John was indeed inspirational and beloved. His attitude towards life and love of laughter has had a lasting effect on me. I feel honored to have known him and called him friend. I wish Shari and all John's family peace and comfort.
Suzanne Nelson
July 24, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. I knew John in high school and reconnected with him on Facebook a few years ago. He was a special man and will be missed by many.
Sue Wood
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