John “Jack” W. Hunter, 101, a true icon of The Greatest Generation, entered heaven on December 15. He peacefully passed away in his home with his wit, charm and memories of a life well-lived still intact.
Jack was born on November 1, 1920 in Elkins Park, PA the son of Walter Clayton and Victoria Ann Klopp Hunter.
A proud veteran, Jack fought with the 8th Air Force, 384th Bombardment Group during World War II. He was a military aircraft technician and served as a crew chief on B-17 bombers.
Jack’s professional career included 28 years in advertising at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was recognized as a charismatic salesman and a talented artist, a rare asset in his field.
Jack earned a fifth-degree black belt in judo and was the sensei of his own dojo in Philadelphia. He was also a professional fly-fisherman, an avid 35mm photographer, and an entertaining storyteller.
He was a member of the Big Spring Presbyterian Church, and was a Letort Regular, of Letort Fly Fishing Club. He was a tireless advocate for the preservation of Cumberland County’s trout streams.
Jack is survived by his wife Esther Wise Hunter, one daughter Marcia Hunter, and two sons Richard Hunter, and Jeffrey Hunter and his wife Rose; three grandchildren Ryan Hunter and his wife Danielle, Jeffrey Hunter and Sean Hunter; and one great-grandson Jack Hunter; one step-daughter Bonnie Davis and her husband Carl, three step-grandchildren Lisa Davis-Howell and her husband Josh, Molli Davis, and Scott Davis, and a step great-grandson Benn Howell.
He was preceded in death by one sister Jessie, and two brothers Robert and William and many beloved pets.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Jack was particularly fond of organizations that rescue animals and protect nature.
Jack will be laid to rest with military honors on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.
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