John L. Hunt, 84

December 27, 2018

 

His Faith Was Strong ...

Nov 15, 1934 – Dec 26, 2018 ...

 

John L. Hunt died Dec 26 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro after a brief but aggressive cancer. He was 84.

 

John was born in Ringoes on Nov 15, 1934, the eldest child of John and Martha Hunt. As a teenager, he moved with his family to his grandparents farm in Belle Mead.

 

In his youth he was a Boy Scout and 4-H member of the Mt Airy and Skillman Dairy clubs. 

 

He graduated from Princeton High School in 1953.

 

Always proud of serving his country, he served with the 50th armored division National Guard for one year, then served in the US Army for three years, doing basic with the 101st Airborne. He also attended Military Police School.

He served  two and a half years of duty in the American and French zones of West Germany. 

 

He spent the rest of his life in the carpenter’s trade. He was a real craftsman, building his own home and always willing to give freely of his talents.

He was chairman/foreman of the EMS building in Harlingen, the restoration of the Harlingen Church barn, and the renovation of the church parsonage as recently as 18 months ago.

 

He loved working with the youth, serving as a Boy Scout leader for Troop 46 and going on many mission trips to different states through his church’s mission program. He was also involved with Habitat for Humanity in Somerset County.

 

He adored his family, going on camping trips, and the activities of son’s scouting and daughter’s 4-H horse events. Weekends found him cheering on the sporting and dance events of his seven grandchildren. 

 

He enjoyed his weekly breakfast and Friday night dinner groups, his weekly golf group and his “guy trips” to Smith Mountain Lake, VA for golf and to Maine for bear and deer hunting. 

 

He also loved showing off his restored 1951 Studebaker truck and cruise nights.

 

His faith was strong, he loved the Lord, and he was a very active member of the Harlingen Reformed Church since 1952, serving as elder and deacon and involved in their many projects.

 

He is survived by his wife, Cary Staats Hunt (married in 1961); son Jonathan P. Hunt [Carolanne]; daughter, Jill H. Asplundh [Matthew]; and his cherished grandchildren:  Chase, Cabot, Clay and Lear Asplundh, Lauren, Cara and Scott Hunt.

 

He is also survived by a brother, James Hunt. He was predeceased by his sisters, Bonnie P. Hunt and Margaret [Penny] Balint, and by his parents.

 

A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, January 5, in the Harlingen Reformed Church, 2142 US-206, Belle Mead.

 

Visiting for relatives and friends will begin at 10 am in the church, prior to the service. Burial will take place the same day at 9 am in Union Cemetery, Ringoes. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hillsborough Funeral Home.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the memorial fund of the Harlingen Reformed Church,  2142 US Hwy 206  Belle Mead, NJ 08502. ■

 

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