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Herschel Hunter

Herschel Hunter


Herschel A. Hunter, 92, of Marissa, IL; born on September 2, 1925 in Sparta, IL; passed away on Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Coulterville Care Center in Coulterville, IL.

Mr. Hunter was a farmer and later worked as a coal miner.  Herschel had a lifelong passion for flying that was inspired by his father and uncles.  The Hunter Brothers Flying Team were barnstormers and endurance record breakers in the early days of aviation.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Albert and Pearl, nee Alexander, Hunter.  Three sisters – Elizabeth Mathis; Pauline Winthrop; Eileen Lewelling.  Nephews – T. Hayer and Joe Lewelling.  Nieces – Elizabeth Dacey and Marilyn Reese.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years – Helen, nee Hemphill, Hunter whom he married on December 9, 1943.  His children – Roger (Kelly) Hunter of Los Olivos, CA; Susan (Peter) Grometer of Aurora, IL; Barbara (Andy) Kniffin of Belleville, IL; Kathryn (Richard) Hacker of Tilden, IL; Carol (Gary) Green of Rolla, MO.  He is also survived by ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Memorials may be made to the Tilden United Presbyterian Church.

Visitation: Friends may call at the Tilden United Presbyterian Church in Tilden, IL on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am.

Funeral: Services will be held at the Tilden United Presbyterian Church in Tilden, IL on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 11:00am with Rev. Dennis Hamilton officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held in the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Frank Hottes says:

    Saw on the internet that Hershal passed away in 2018. I stopped by his house to see him in 2017. Hershal was a good friend of my father, Walter Hottes, and it meant the world to me when he came to Kansas to see me years ago. I stopped by his farm a few years later and he let me fly his J3 cub that dad had built the motor for.

    I sat in the car many hours while dad would talk to Hershal and watched his kids play in their swimming pool. Such good memories. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing.

  2. Michael & Michele Hornacek says:

    Condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Hunter. May his many fond memories help everyone get through this tough time!

  3. Back in the 60a i done alot of work bailing hay with him…rode the bus with all the siblings. Spent alot of time in the pool… i cant make it to the funeral due to trip to Ohio for UNWA. I send my deepest condolences….And prays for the family.

  4. Jean Macke says:

    Mr. Hunter was admired and respected for his skills and work ethic. May God give his family comfort.

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