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April 14, 2009

Jack Hunter has Moved Upstairs

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Jack D. Hunter -- The Official Obituary

Jack Dayton Hunter, age 87, of St. Augustine, Florida and formerly of Wilmington, DE, went to be with the Lord on April 13, 2009 in his home surrounded by his loving family after a long illness. He was born June 4, 1921 in Hamilton, Ohio to the late Whitney G. Hunter and Irene Hunter. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, he served as a U.S. Army counterintelligence officer in World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service and valor in conducting underground actions in Germany. His journalism career began with The News Journal (Wilmington, DE) and later included his years at the DuPont Company where he served as a writer and Editor of the DuPont Magazine. In addition to being an internationally-renowned artist of vintage World War I airplanes, Mr. Hunter published 17 novels over more than four decades. One of his most noteworthy, The Blue Max, was made into a successful 1966 movie and based on his love of World War I aviation.

His wife, Shirley (“Tommy”) Thompson Hunter predeceased him in 2006. He is survived by his children: Jack Hunter, Jr. and Jill Hunter of St. Augustine, Lee Higgins and her husband John of Middletown, DE, and Lyn Cannon and her husband Daniel of Solomons, MD. Mr. Hunter is also survived by his three grandchildren: Molly Higgins of Kennett Square, PA, Susannah Higgins of Philadelphia, PA, and Julia Dombrowiak of New York City, NY. In addition, Mr. Hunter leaves behind his brother Robert L. Hunter and his wife Rue of Jacksonville, Florida and their children, Whitney Hunter, James Hunter, and Katie Sabina.

The family would like to express gratitude to Jonni Anderson, Mr. Hunter’s administrative assistant. Ms. Anderson’s tireless efforts and business skill enabled Mr. Hunter to maintain his artistic endeavors through the last days of his illness.

Friends and family will be invited to attend a memorial service on a date yet to be determined at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, Florida. The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Mr. Hunter’s name at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville , Florida 32257

Letters of condolence may be sent by visiting the Craig Funeral Home website.

Arrangements are by Craig Funeral Home, 1475 Old Dixie Highway, St. Augustine, Florida.

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