Jack J. Hunter, age 89, went to join his loving wife in the next life on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Ministry St. Mary's Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 12, 1925 to Jesse and Ruth (Swanson) Hunter of Rhinelander.
He attended the County Normal grade school, and Rhinelander junior and senior high schools. He served in the Army during World War II from May 8, 1943 to Jan. 22, 1946. When he came home, he met the love of his life, Beverly M. Felch. They were married Sept. 20, 1946.
Jack always wanted to become a police officer, which he did. He served for 31 years on the Rhinelander police force, and became Rhinelander's first detective. He was nicknamed the "24-hour cop." He was so proud and loved what he did.
Jack's family originated in Sugar Camp and he loved the area. He looked forward to the hunting season, as he would spend days with his sons and nephew, Mark, at the hunting shack.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He cared for his wife at home until her passing in 2011
He loved to talk about the good ol' days and had lots of stories to tell. Jack was very well known at The Cookery and Friendship House as he would go have his daily pancake and one scrambled egg.
Not to mention the strawberry shortcake at The Cookery.
Jack is survived and will be missed by his four children, Dawn (Tom) Francis, Dan (Jackie) Hunter, Chuck Hunter and Cindy (Skip) Dulin; his "pride and joys," eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Richard (Judy) and Dennis (Pat); a sister, Marlene Tushoski; a special nephew, Mark (Cheryl) Hendrickson; and a special niece, Lynn (Chuck) Pentek. He is further survived by family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Beverly; and sisters, Joan and Jean.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home with Pastor Rebecca Niese officiating.
Burial will follow at Forest Home cemetery with military honors.
Visitation will be Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m. until the time of service.
Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home, 715-365-4343, is assisting the family with arrangements. All are invited to light a candle and leave an online condolence at hildebrandfh.com.
Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014
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Jack lived up the street from our house as I was growing up and he always took time to stop and visit when he was walking by. After I returned home from serving in the military I had another chance to connect with Jack when we both were taking classes at Nicolet College. I can't help but believe that he was part of the reason law enforcement interested me and fortunately for me end up being my career as well. I'm sorry I didn't get to reconnect with him as I'm sure we could have shared some great stories. My condolences to the family and please know that he touched many of us during his life.
Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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This loving and kindred spirit will be missed. Many times Jack was like a warming fire in a fireplace after coming in from the cold. Jack's interview technique was that of a grandfather. Few would lie or argue with this gentle man. He was gifted with his interpretation of the evidence. He would at times share his thoughts on his service to this country and offer his advice to those learning and share his pride in his family. Jack was a strong role model for younger officers reflecting values and having a unwavering position on equality and love for family. He was an example of physical strength in the weight room. He shared his artistic talents with his doodling when deep in thought. His desk pads were his canvas. Jack always held high standards for his professional performance. His only shortcoming was his love for chocolate cupcakes. With great respect Jack you left your mark on me and I will greatly miss you friend.
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