Robert E. Hunt, 85, Wabash, died at 6 a.m., Friday, Jan. 10, at Rolling Meadows Healthcare Center, LaFontaine. He was born March 20, 1928 in Henry County, to Elias Riley and Florence Cooper (Parker) Hunt.
Bob was a 1946 graduate of Spiceland High School. He was a US Army veteran. He first married Wanda Maxine Marshall in Blue Ridge, on April 21, 1951; she died Oct. 21, 1981. He then married Eleanore A. (Rutz) Kniesly on May 21, 1983. He was a Nationwide Insurance Agent and owned Hunt Insurance Agency in Wabash 32 and a half years and also worked for Prudential Insurance Company 10 years. Bob was a Charter member and Past President of the Wabash Optimist Club and served as Governor of the Indiana North District of Optimist Clubs from 1999-2000. He was a former member of the Wabash Church of Our Savior United Methodist Church and was a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels in Wabash.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanore A. Hunt, Wabash; four children, Richard P. (Pam) Hunt, Auburn, Anthony M. (Diane) Hunt, Fort Wayne, Teresa Jo (John) Smith and Melanie D. (Jim) Honeycutt, both of Wabash; three stepchildren, William (Misty) Kniesly, Mitchell, Bart (Cristie) Kniesly, Zionsville, and Kimberly (Greg) Finses, Jenison, Mich.; 18 grandchildren, Sarah Hunt, Katharine Hunt, Emily (Brett) Kidd, Angela (Matthew) Krueger, Matthew (Kelsey) Smith, Daniel (Anna) Smith, Megan Hunt, Joie Hunt, Patrick Hunt, Nicholas (Evette) Honeycutt, Katie Honeycutt, William Kniesly III, Christopher Kniesly, Jessie Kniesly, Sean Kniesly, Candace (Michael) Meredith, Tyler Finses, and Evan Finses; six great-grandchildren, Grayson Kidd, Jonah Smith, Isaiah Smith, Nathan Krueger, Emily Meredith, and Zoe Meredith. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Stewart and Richard Hunt, and his sister, Ruth Hunt.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Rev. Jeff Marshall and Rev. David Abel officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 4 - 8 p.m. Monday, and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the charity of the donors choice.
The memorial guest book for Robert may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.