Edward ‘Ed’ Arnold Hunter, 92, of Palatine passed away Saturday morning at Good Shepherd Hospital in Lake Barrington, IL. He was born in Hume, IL on January 22, 1918, the son of Lonnie and Grace Hunter. After graduating from New Holland High School in 1936 he attended Lincoln College in Lincoln, IL where he earned his teacher’s certificate in 1938. When WWII broke out he was teaching in the Logan County School System. He completed the school term and enlisted in the Army in June of 1941. Upon completion of basic training he was selected for Officer’s Candidate School and was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division as a 2nd Lieutenant. While leading his platoon ashore in Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, he was wounded by a French machine gun bullet earning the Purple Heart. Following a nine month recuperation, he was assigned to Air Transport Command at Hamilton Field where he was responsible for routing air cargo shipments in the Pacific Theater of Operations until his discharge as an Army Air Force Captain in December 1945. On April 7th, 1944 he married Catherine Huitt of Springfield, IL. They were happily married until her passing in July of 2009. After his discharge he began working for United Airlines where he was employed in various cargo-related positions until his retirement in 1980. He developed an international reputation for his participation on work developing methods for shipping hazardous and difficult materials by air, including the pet kennels still in use today. In 1956, he and Kate adopted Raymond Arnold Hunter who was by his side in his final hours. Throughout his life he was known to all as a gentleman of the finest order for his strength, kindness, and adherence to doing the right thing. His grandchildren will never forget his ready smile, Old Country Buffet, and an endless supply of ice cream cones and tiny cans of apple juice. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ruby Ingram of Lincoln, IL. He is survived by his son, Raymond, two brothers, Kenneth Hunter of Allerton, IL and Joseph Hunter of Arthur, IL. He is also survived by three grand-daughters, two great-grandsons and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, January 20, 2011 at Staab Funeral Home with Sue Sawers, CLP, officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery where Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.
Services: 11 am, Thursday, January 20, 2011 at Staab Funeral Home
Cemetery: Oak Ridge Cemetery