John J. Hunter

    John J. “Jack” Hunter, 89, of Bluffton, passed away at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at River Terrace Estates in Bluffton.
    Jack was born September 1, 1923, in Decatur, to Joseph and Francis (Baker) Hunter.
    Growing up, he was very active in the Boy Scouts, obtaining his Eagle Scout award and later serving as a Scout leader for several years. He graduated from Decatur High School before enlisting in the United States Navy Air Corp during World War II.
    On August 15, 1950, he married Phillis M. (Sills) in Bluffton, Indiana. They shared 62 years together before she preceded him in death on April 4, 2012. Both Jack and Phillis loved to dance. Together they traveled many places to ballroom dances, including Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Evansville. They also traveled the world together and enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas.
    Jack was a natural born salesman. He sold for American Standard, Central Plumbing Supply and Wabash Electric. He was a member of the Bluffton Elks and The American Legion Post 111 of Bluffton.
    Among survivors are several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
    Jack was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill Hunter and Jim Hunter.
    Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the funeral home.
    Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Jeff Lemler, Certified Life Celebrant, officiating.
    Burial will be at Six Mile Cemetery, with military honors by the American Legion Post 111 of Bluffton and the United States Navy Honor Guard.
    Preferred memorials are to American Legion Post 111, c/o the funeral home.
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