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St. Mary's Church - Alton, IA
Monday February 19th, 2018
4:00pm - 4:00pm

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James "J.D." Dean Hunt

Family asks that memorial donations be directed to St. Mary's Church Tuckpointing Project. 609 10th Street, Alton, IA 51003.

James Dean “J.D.” Hunt, age 52 of Alton, IA passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD surrounded by his family.

Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton, IA, with Father Dan Greving officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Alton, IA. Visitation with family present will be 4-7 p.m. on Monday, with a Catholic Order of Foresters and Knights of Columbus rosary and vigil prayer service at 5 p.m. all at the Church. Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.

J.D. was born on May 6, 1965 to Freddie and Skip (Schierholt) Hunt in Sheldon, IA. He was raised in Granville, IA and graduated from Spalding Catholic High School in 1983. He went on to get his diesel mechanics degree from NCC. He used his passion for mechanics in various professions and in most recent years worked primarily in IT/Networking. This was surpassed only by his love for his four children.

His love expanded when he married Mary (Kellen) Hunt on November 3, 2007 who he referred to as “My Love”. With open arms, he accepted four additional children to claim as his own. As a family of 10 (and more added throughout the years), many Holiday traditions continued and new ones were formed that include: “Festivus", Black Friday shopping, fishing on Mother’s Day, playing Santa, the “missing” chocolate bunny ears, playing 10-point pitch, mailing his girls Valentine's Day chocolates, and Christmas tree cutting.

J.D. had many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed gardening, farming, reading, cooking, camping, fishing, RAGBRAI, and tinkering in the garage. He also enjoyed coaching and officiating a variety of sports. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Catholic Order of Foresters, Knights of Columbus, and the Granville Jaycees.

He will forever be remembered for his sarcasm, impersonations, reciting movie quotes, willingness to lend a helping hand to everyone, and infectious (sometimes over-the-top) laugh. His big heart left a lasting impact on all of those he knew.

J.D. is survived by his wife, Mary; four children, Cody (Sarah) Hunt, Kelsey (Matthew) Wanderscheid, Taylor Hunt, and Tarah Hunt (fiancé Jeff Ferstein); four step-children, Justin (Heidi) Hunt, Katie, Lucas, and Mitchell Hunt; much anticipated arrival of two granddaughters; his parents, Freddie and Rose Mary “Skip” Hunt; his in-laws, Joe and Liz Kellen; his five siblings, Brenda Hunt (Donnie Guthrie), Debbie (Donnie) Skrynski, Darrell Hunt (fiancee Brenda Langland), Joe (Tami) Hunt, and Patty (Kirk) Hatting; Mary’s eight siblings, Anne (Dean) Torgerson, Judy Kellen, Joni (Keith) Lamfers, Neal (Tammy) Kellen, Karl (Missy) Kellen, Tony (Gina) Kellen, Cari Kellen, and Rick (Gwen) Kellen. J.D. will also be forever remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and dear friends.

Honorary bearers will be, Tim Lancaster, Scott Lewis, Leon Pottebaum, Tom Roder, Jim Schlichte, Brad Te Grootenhuis, members of the Catholic Order of Foresters and Knights of Columbus.

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Mary and the entire Hunt family, Thoughts and prayers to you all. JD always had a kind word, smile, twinkle in his eye and laughter that was so heartfelt one could not help but feel good. So very sorry for your loss.

Theresa Schaa Gordon Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Hunt family at the time of there great loss . We remember him as a young boy always happy and doing something with our son Darrell (Bud) . Our prayers are with you all . Love Darrell and Julianne Meyer

Julianne and Darrell Meyer Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

What a great neighbor! He was the best! Always ready to give a hand, always with a jovial spirit and inspiration! Christmas 2018 was made so special for all of our grandchildren when he came as Santa to bring the kiddos presents and tell about the elves that had worked...

Deb and Cornie Wassink Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

To Mary, JD's children and all of the Hunt family. There is not much a person can say to console you in this time, but we will keep you all in our prayers. Jim was always a pleasure to be around, I have alot of good memories of times spent together. God Bless

Russ Hansen Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Mary and the entire Hunt family, Thoughts and prayers to you all. JD always had a kind word, smile, twinkle in his eye and laughter that was so heartfelt one could not help but feel good. So very sorry for your loss.

Theresa Schaa Gordon Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Hunt family at the time of there great loss . We remember him as a young boy always happy and doing something with our son Darrell (Bud) . Our prayers are with you all . Love Darrell and Julianne Meyer

Julianne and Darrell Meyer Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies for the Hunt and Kellen families. JD was a great guy and I have many great memories of him from baseball, speech contests and even some trouble we got in together. My wife was a nanny for JD's oldest children when in college at Northwestern and I sp...

John & Lisa Krogman Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM