Mr. William Harry Hunter, Jr. journeyed home to be with the Lord and his beloved wife of nearly 60 years on February 22, 2014. He was born in San Antonio to a career military medical officer and a first-generation German-American, William H. Sr and Bessie Strohacker Hunter. He was the younger of 2 children; his sister was Virginia E. Hunter for whom he cared until her passing in 2001. He was confirmed when he was 14 at Grace Lutheran Church and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1942 where he met his lifelong love, Gloria Cook Hunter. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and served for 2 years in the Pacific Rim earning his Overseas Service Bars, American Theater Campaign medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medals and Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters and his Victory Ribbon. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1945 and returned to San Antonio as a decorated World War II veteran to marry his sweetheart on May 17th, 1946. As a young couple, Dodie and Bill traveled and had many adventures before he graduated from Southwestern Theological Baptist Seminary in 1960 and embarked on a short career as Director of Education in various Baptist Churches in Arkansas and Texas. During that time, this devoted and loving couple adopted 2 young daughters. Melissa H. Alonzo arrived while they served in Hot Springs, Arkansas and Lori Susan while they served in Ft. Worth. Bill and Gloria settled in San Antonio to raise their daughters where he resided until his journey home. All who were welcomed into his warm, and generous presence loved Bill. He was a kind and loving spirit with a witty personality and sharp mind who never failed to have just the right words for those that sought his advice. Bill and Gloria were active members of First Baptist Church where their daughters and granddaughters, Krystal H. Trevino and G. Danielle Hunter learned to love The Lord. In his last years, Bill grew close to his younger grandchildren, Leah Elizabeth and Antonio Luis Alonzo, teaching them as he had his own daughters and all those in need that The Lord put in his pathway. As the last year of his life took it's toll on Bill's physical health, the Lord provided His faithful servant with a joyous friendship with Tony Espinar. Tony kept this independent and vigorous man that was Bill Hunter active until Bill decided that it was time to go home to be with the Lord and those that have passed before him. His journey home was peaceful and joyous though those of us left behind will sorely miss him. Words cannot describe how much he is loved and missed by everyone that knew him. Rest in Peace, Dad; we love you. The viewing will be Monday, March 3rd at Sunset Funeral Home on Austin Highway from 6-8pm. Services will be Tuesday, March 4th at 10:00am in the Wilson Chapel at First Baptist Church on McCullough Ave with interment to follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors. To sign the online guestbook, please log on to www.sunsetfunerahomesa.com
Published by San Antonio Express-News on Mar. 2, 2014.