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Russel Hunt

Apr 23rd, 1938 - Jan 3rd, 2019

 A private family service will be held.


   Russel W. Hunt, age 80, of Rinard, Illinois, passed away Thursday afternoon, January 3, 2019 in Mt. Vernon.

   He was born April 23, 1938, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of James and Katherine (Holton) Hunt.  He was united in marriage to Rita A. Juskevice on June 8, 1969.

   Russel earned his master’s degree in education going on to become a high school teacher, principal, and superintendent.

   Russel is survived by his wife: Rita Hunt; 3 children: Gary (Julie) Hunt, Brian Hunt, and Tina (Jim) Gibbons; 7 grandchildren: Sydney and Connor McAllister, Katie Hunt, and Nathan, Mitchell, Leah, and Kallie Modjeski; and 2 sisters: Sherry (Joe) Derderian, and Loanne Snider.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

   A private family service will be held.  Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora assisted the family with arrangements.  Memorial donations in his memory are suggested to the Flora Public Library and will be accepted through the funeral home.  


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Steve and Cindy Valbert

January 4th

Sorry for your loss Rita, thinking of you and your family .

Rhonda Anderson

January 5th

I'm sorry for your loss. I will always remember his laughter as he asked me, what he owed the pleasure of me in his office. His smile and laughter in our school will always be my memories of Mr. Hunt.

Marcia Craig

January 5th

My thoughts and prayers are with you all! I had the utmost respect for Russ! Many great memories of years as he served the Clay City School District!

Tiffany Beal Gregg

January 5th

Prayers to you and your family at this time.

Bruce and Robbin

January 5th

Rita, what a man you have been blessed with to love and make a family. Russ will be missed, we always enjoyed his laughter, wisdom and friendship. Our sympathy to you and yours. God Bless you all. We know the angels are singing.

Cheryl McCarty

January 5th

Thinking of you, Rita, and praying for blessings of peace upon you and your family.

Gayle Harris

January 5th

I remember the first time I met Mr Hunt. He had just became our superintendent, and the family was looking around Clay City. He always told me I was trouble from the time he met me. A year later I was hired as an aide at the school and he would always say here comes trouble in the hallways as we passed each other. I truly liked him not only as a superintendent, but as a very kind man. RIP Mr Hunt.

Wanda Greenwood

January 5th

Mr. Hunt gave me an opportunity by hiring me as his secretary that lasted almost 29 years. Thank you for believing in me. Now you are singing with the angel choir. Rip Mr. Hunt.

lynn and judy van dyke

January 5th

going over old timessorry to hear of your loss, we would see each other at walmart going over old times. give my condolence to tina and brian,

Devon Martin Boose

January 5th

Mrs. Hunt, I’m so sorry to hear of Russ’ passing. He was always so kind & enjoyable when he came to the vet clinic. I’m sure he & Tyson are having a wonderful reunion!

Betty Tucker Simmons

January 7th

Russ was a joy to know, Clay Co. was lucky to have him in their lives

Brenda Miller

January 7th

So sorry for your loss. Russ was such a talented man, I'll always think of him as "White sport coat and a pink carnation". Prayers of peace and comfort.

Rachel (Morris) Helms

January 7th

As a teenager, I looked up to Mr. Hunt. He was kind, smart and talented. He deepened my appreciation for the theater, and through his example gave me the courage to pursue a career in entertainment. We are so lucky that the Hunt family came to live in Clay City. Mrs. Hunt, Brian and Tina, my deepest condolences. Rest in peace, Mr. Hunt.

Mary Kenley

January 7th

So sorry for your loss Rita. Enjoyed Russ`s singing. God Bless.

Shane K. Dulaney

January 9th

I am sorry for your loss, Rita, Tina, and Brian. The only child of Russell's that I did not know in Clay County was Gary. Russell was an asset and a valuable administrator to Clay City Unit 10 from 1989 to 1993. Some memories of him include the "double or nothing" policy for students who violated certain school policies, the large black chest resting on its side near the main entrance to the high school (it was used to collect coins donated by students and other individuals for the purpose of painting the hallway lockers), and the public singing of old Big Band Era and jazz music at various events throughout the area.

Karen Delonshaw

January 10th

So sorry Rita. Thinking of you and prayers for you and your family.

Nicola Wattles

January 10th

Dear Rita. I’m sorry to hear about Russ. You two made a strong team. Watching the two of you together was a testament of your love and care for each other. I recall the many times Russ and you hauled rescue pets to the vet and back, and he patiently waited and helped. You and your family have been in my prayers. I hope you are comforted by the many wonderful memories you have of him.

Darren, Doreen, and the Coles Family

January 14th

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Judy Bittner

January 16th

Hello, Sweet Rita and Hunt family. I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Russ. How grateful I am to have been able to meet him when you visited Phoenix. May you feel much love and peace during this difficult time. ♥

Julie Mitchell

January 17th

Rita, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Deb and Mike Hyland

January 28th

Rita and family: We were so sad to hear of Russ' death. He was always someone we enjoyed being around. He was tops as a principal; his voice soothed many Galena tourists and locals alike, with his beautiful rendition of "Old Man River". And he was an "Indian Ridger" too, which of course, made him "extra cool"! Our condolences to all of you - Rita, Gary and family, Brian and family, Tina and family, and extended family. This man was "one of the good ones" in our book, and he will be missed by many.

Marie and Gary Belleville

January 28th

Dearest Rita, we are praying for you as you and your family as you miss your dear husband and love. As high school and Resurrection Lutheran friends we mourn with you...he will be missed by so many. God walk with you and give you peace. Much love , Marie and Gary



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Pat Burt
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Bruce, Robbin Dickey and family
Cheryl McCarty
Bud & Linda Martin
Larry and Sue Kramer
Hunsinger family
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Jean Guerrettaz
Jane Janes
Doug n Debi Leak
Larry & Mary Jo Patridge
Earl & Sherry Phillips
Gary and Sherrie Kittle
Becky and Butch Franklin
Harvey & Sandra Cash
Calvin and Anita Lake
Bill and Robin Atwood
Delbert & Becky Rodgers & Family
Betty Tucker Simmons
Mary Kenley
Rachel Morris Helms
Peggy Shroyer Leigh
Nicola Wattles


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