FRANKFORT — James Lee Hunt of Frankfort, died six days short of 80.
He was born on Aug. 2, 1933, in Arcadia, Mich., and was raised on his parents’ farm in Frankfort. One day as a young boy walking to school in the Herring Flats, he passed a piece of property and stated “I’m going to buy that property someday.” He did purchase it nearly 50 years ago and there with Catherine’s help they built a home, raised their family and there he passed peacefully to heaven with loved ones at his side including his wife, Catherine, of nearly 59 years, on Saturday, 7/27 at 7:27 a.m.
Jim served in the Army during the Korean War as a Tank Mechanic. After the service, he became a Train Engineer for the Ann Arbor Railroad in both Owosso and Elberta, Mich., for over 26 years. His love for big engines led his career path to open an Excavation Business with Catherine. Often you could find Jim working and fixing something in his barn workshop. If it was broken, he could fix it. Said to be a Jack-of-all-trades, Master-of-a-few, Jim was “an expert mechanic and fabricator.”
Jim enjoyed fishing, boating, snowmobiles, hunting and most of all time with his family. Jim built a camper “just out of a pile of wood,” with what he and Catherine called “Precision Guesswork,” that they used during their many family adventures that included Yellowstone, Niagara Falls, and the UP.
With raising a large family, humor was a big part of easing life’s challenges and right to the end, Jim appreciated how “Catherine” brought that in to lighten the load!
The greatest gift that Jim received in his life that sustained him most was his faith and belief in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Jim frequently shared his faith with loved ones and was pleased to know that that legacy of God’s love was passed on to them, and he considered it one of his greatest achievements.
Jim was a long-time member of Herring Lake Baptist Church. He enjoyed sharing an occasional vocal solo with his gift of music at church.
He is survived by his loving wife, Catherine (Boynton); children, Debra (Anthony) Niemi of Burton, Mich., James (Wendy) Hunt of Lake Ann, Marilyn (Robert) Mummey of Frankfort, Mark Hunt (fiancé Jeannette Miller) of Beulah, Catherine (Michael) Gray of Pittsburg, Pa., and Beulah, and Paul (Nancy) Hunt of Interlochen; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; many special nieces and nephews; and the friends they had while wintering in Florida for 18 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Merton and Edna (Clark) Hunt; and brother, Arthur Hunt.
Visitation will be held today, July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jowett Family Funeral Home, Benzonia. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Herring Lake Baptist Church with Rev. Robert McLaughlin and Rev. Charles Towersey officiating. Burial will be in Blaine Twp. Cemetery with military rites under the auspices of VFW Post #221 Honor Guard.
Contributions may be made to the church for a sign.
Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service.