MAURICE ‘JAKE’ HUNT
Maurice ‘Jake’ Hunt was born October 30, 1929 to George R. and Ruth Orilla (Ewing) Hunt in Worth county, Missouri. He departed this life on March 21, 2013 in the Ringgold County Hospital. He was married to Helen Louise Sickels on February 19, 1956 and was the proud father of David Lee and Randy Lynn.
Having been born the first day following the stock market crash, Jake’s childhood was spent with the family facing the trials of the Great Depression. His parents and the whole family toiled and sacrificed to preserve the family farm.
With the advent of World War II his three older brothers were called to the service so Jake had to leave school at 16 to take over the farming responsibilities along with his sister, Estelle. Their father had been injured and was unable to carry on without them.
In February 1951 Jake entered the United States Army and served during the Korean War in a Combat Engineers battalion. He was discharged in January 1953 with the rank of staff sergeant.
Jake returned to Worth county, Missouri and farmed with his father until he began farming near Redding, Iowa after his marriage to Helen. He also worked construction jobs including the installation of the lines for dial telephones in Ringgold county and the addition to the Ringgold County Hospital in the 60s and early 70s. His last years of employment were spent as a truck driver for the Ringgold County Road Department until his retirement in December of 1991. He continued a small cattle operation until he and Helen relocated to their present residence in Mount Ayr in 1999.
Jake’s upbringing instilled in him the values that made his family most important to him. His brothers as well as his cousins were close and always ready to help each other when needed whether harvesting crops or repairing and sharing farm equipment. He was a proud veteran and was a 50+ year member of the Redding American Legion CA Herrington Post 617 participating along with his brothers and his cousin, Jubal, in providing military honor guards for countless funeral services of members from their post as well as those from the surrounding area.
Time spent at family gatherings, reunions and just plain visiting were some of his greatest pleasures. Later he loved the time he spent playing dominoes and other games with his grandchildren, Doug and Amanda. In the last year his eyes would light up and sparkle when holding his new great-grandson, Conner.
Jake is survived by Helen, his wife of 57 years; his sons, David of Redding, Iowa and Randy and wife Lori of Sturdevant, WI and their children, Douglas James Hunt and friend Amy Quick, Amanda Lynn Hunt and friend Michael Curphey with their new baby, Jake and Helen’s great-grandson, Conner James Curphey; his brother, Amon, and sister, Estelle Hall, both of Mount Ayr, Iowa; sisters, Marilyn Simpson of Saint Joseph, Missouri and Mary Louise McCormack of Grant City, Missouri; sisters-in-law, Rose Hunt of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Ann McGrevey and husband Dan of Fort Dodge, Iowa and Karen Bollerman of Kansas City, Missouri, as well as, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Orilla; parents-in-law, Bernard and Leta Sullivan and Duane Sickels; step-mother, Alma Lambert Hunt; sister, Viola Ruth and husband Marion Euritt; sister-in-law, Lois E. Hunt; brother, Alan Hunt and wife Evelyn; brother, Elvis Hunt; brother-in-law, John Hall; nephew, Bill Delbert Hall, and brother-in-law, Robert Simpson.
A memorial fund has been established with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Monday, March 25, 2013 with Reverend Chris Conklin officiating. Musicians were Debbie Larson and Nancy Sackett.
Casket bearers included Keith Hunt, George Hunt, Robert Hunt, Richard Hunt, John Hall and Curtis Duffield.
Honorary casket bearers were Bill Hall (deceased), Kenneth Hunt, Jason Duffield, Larry Hunt, Jim Simpson and Ed Simpson.
Military rites were by American Legion Post #617 Redding, Iowa and V.F.W. #3123 Grant City, Missouri.
Burial was in the Redding Cemetery in Redding.