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John "Jack" Hunter

February 19, 1930 - November 24, 2013
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John E. Hunter, better known as Jack, was born in Pittsburgh, PA, February 19, 1930 to parents, Elmer Hunter and Marie Finneran. He and his two sisters, Mary Alice and Nancy moved from Millvale to Steubenville when he was young. Jack and Pat met in seventh grade and she was immediately smitten with the new cute boy. Jack attended Catholic Central H.S., in Steubenville, OH. By sophomore year, any other potential interests for Jack had found other suitors, thanks to Pat. Jack played basketball in high school and looked forward to going into the Air Force in 1948. He became an Airman 1st Class, contributing to the Korean War effort. ...
John E. Hunter, better known as Jack, was born in Pittsburgh, PA, February 19, 1930 to parents, Elmer Hunter and Marie Finneran. He and his two sisters, Mary Alice and Nancy moved from Millvale to Steubenville when he was young. Jack and Pat met in seventh grade and she was immediately smitten with the new cute boy. Jack attended Catholic Central H.S., in Steubenville, OH. By sophomore year, any other potential interests for Jack had found other suitors, thanks to Pat. Jack played basketball in high school and looked forward to going into the Air Force in 1948. He became an Airman 1st Class, contributing to the Korean War effort. Their long distance relationship continued while Jack was in the service, and Pat attended nursing school in Pittsburgh. One Christmas on leave, Jack surprised Pat when she already had a date for the holiday dance. Pat then had to get a date for Jack, which she didn't think was very funny. Jack married Pat in June 1952 just before his discharge from the Air Force. They honeymooned in Wichita Falls, Texas and then headed west. Jack started engineering classes at LBCC, but with the arrival of the first two children, Jack left college and took a position at Long Beach Air Force Base as an aircraft mechanic. After apartment living in St. Barnabas Parish, Jack and Pat were nearly first in line for one of the new Lakewood homes available to ex-GI's and young families. Jack was a founding member of St. Pancratius Parish and spent many hours there working on the annual festival and church maintenance projects. Jack was a busy father as their family kept growing, with the arrival of Kathy in the new house, and the next four children coming in quick succession during the 1960's. At one time Jack and Pat had five children enrolled in the parish school. By then, Jack had taken a job with the Department of Defense. It was an active time for Jack with the boys in Scouts, and volunteering with St. Vincent de Paul Society. As the four girls started high school, Jack became very involved with construction for the St. Joseph HS carnival and Parent Faculty Organization. Marriage Encounter was an integral part of Jack and Pat's lives, as it helped them to refocus on their relationship and family values. Soon their attention turned to getting eight children through college. Staying involved in the kids' activities and photographing events like crew races, rugby games, as well as multiple graduations, was great fun for Jack. His other hobbies included gardening, collecting tools and rocks, assembling model airplanes and trains, welding gadgets, and doing jigsaw puzzles. As the kids graduated and married, Jack entered the retirement era. Pathways Volunteer Hospice became one of Jack and Pat's major efforts for over twenty-eight years by helping the elderly and answering "fix it" calls for home maintenance. Whenever anyone called, Jack went to do whatever needed to be done, no matter what time it was. Jack and Pat loved travelling together, and he especially loved their trips to Kauai. Trips to visit grandchildren, attend high school class reunions, and travel abroad created wonderful memories. In the past three years, Jack has battled complications of Alzheimer's disease and he died peacefully at home with Pat by his side, Sunday, November 24, 2013. He will be greatly missed by many, especially his twenty-five grandchildren, and others young and old.

"Dear Hunter Family I am so sad to hear of your father's passing. He was certainly a "force" in the lives of his eight children including those of us who..."

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John "Jack" Hunter 83, of Lakewood, passed away November 24, 2013. Vigil Friday, 6:30 p.m. Funeral Mass Saturday, 10:30 a.m., both services at...

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