OBITUARY ~ MAURICE "JAKE" HUNT
October 30, 1929 ~ March 21, 2013
Maurice "Jake" HUNT was born October 30th, 1929 to George R. and Ruth Orilla (EWING) HUNT in Worth County,
Missouri. He departed this life on March 21st, 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. He said his earliest memory was of watching his father and grandfather pacing along the road
with the mortgage company agent negotiating for but ultimately losing his grandparent's farm to them as did so
many others. Money was very scarce and he remembered his father trading popcorn to pay for his first visit to
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. Soon after the war ended, the family home burned to the ground. A few
years later, a much greater tragedy befell them when their mother "Rilla" was killed in a car accident with
three other family members.
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. He wasn't one to talk about his
war experiences but did recount that following the voyage to the West coast prior to his discharge, he was in
line to board a troop transport plane to Denver. The plane filled to capacity and he had the door shut in his
face losing the opportunity to return home quickly. To their disappointment, he and those behind him were
ordered to travel by train instead. The plane he had been hoping to board hit a mountain and all on board
Jake returned to Worth County, Missouri and farmed with his father until he began farming near Redding, IA
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 60's and early 70's.
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 Mt. 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, IA, Randy, his 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 Mt. Ayr, sisters Marilyn SIMPSON of St. Joseph, MO and Mary Louise
McCORMACK of Grant City, MO, sisters-in-law Rose HUNT of Mt. Ayr, Ann McGREVEY and her husband Dan of Ft.
Dodge, IA and Karen BOOLERMAN of Kansas City, MO, 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 her husband Marion EURITT, sister-in-law Lois E.
HUNT, brother Alan HUNT and his 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.
Funeral services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Monday, March 25, 2013 with Reverend
Chris CONLIN offciating. 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.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2013
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