Hunter, James E., Sr. age 91, formerly of South Minneapolis. Died peacefully at home on Monday, May 15, 2017.
Preceded in death by; parents, Everett and Imogene, wife Yvonne D. Hunter (nee Burniece), daughter Catherine A. Schueneman (nee Hunter) (Bob). Survived by children; Jean Y. Hunter, James E. Hunter Jr., (former daughter-in-law Janis), William N. Hunter (Gayle): grandchildren Robert (Heather), Charlotte (Jeff), Emily (TJ), Charles, Sarah and Franklin and by great-grandchildren: Ella, Amelia and soon to be born, Noah, Mason and Oliver. James Sr. was the proud uncle to many nieces and nephews of the Burniece and Grostephan families. Jim was a member of the Southdale YMCA Y's Men’s Club since the 1970's, acting as North Central Regional Director for a time and traveling to Japan! His involvement at the Y began with sons, Jim and Bill, during their childhood participation in The Indian Guides. Through the Y's Men Jim sold Christmas trees to raise funds for children to attend YMCA camp. His Y's Mens Club sponsored the Souix YMCA in Dupree, South Dakota. Jim, a WWII vet, was wounded, taken prisoner and missing in action following an infantry battle in Bonnerue, Belgium. May 8th, 1945, Victory in Europe Day, he stood on a rooftop in Paris as the city was alight with fireworks. A central story for Jim was his testimony of experiencing God's comfort during the heat of battle. Mechanical Engineering was Jim's life work. He began at Honeywell then moved to Denver, Co. and worked for Martin Marietta on the Titan Two missile program. 3M company of MN was Jim's longest and most enjoyed workplace. Jim cared deeply about family, friends, church and community. In his youth Jim was a promising classical pianist. He was a scholar of Civil War and WWII history.
Funeral service Thursday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Richfield United Methodist Church, 5835 Lyndale Ave. So. Visitation Wednesday May 17, 5-8 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. So. Memorials to Sioux YMCA, Dupree, SD or Richfield United Methodist Church.
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