December 07, 1934 - May 08, 2011
December 07, 1934 - May 08, 2011
David Allison Hunt, 76, of Rutherfordton, rejoined our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ quietly and surrounded by family on Sunday afternoon May 8, 2011 at his home in Rutherfordton. A native of DeKalb, IL, he was a son of the late Horace Wright and Dorothy Rachel Allison Eastburn Hunt. He was a retired owner/operator for McDonald’s franchise restaurants of Rutherford County. He was a graduate of DeKalb High School, DeKalb Il, Class of 1954 and served as an Army Medic in the 311th Army Engineers in Germany. He was an entrepreneurial businessman with ventures over the years including General Sheet Metal, DeKalb Mechanical Contractors, General Excavating, Illinois Tollway System supervisor, and McDonalds franchises. While working in the Heating & Air/sheet metal industry, he apprenticed as a sheet metal, HVAC worker continuing on to Journeyman, Foreman, & ultimately Business Owner. He served as President of the Rockford, IL area Sheet Metal Contractors Association and was also President of the Illinois State Roofers and Sheet Metal Contractors Association. He was a life member and Past Master of the Masonic Temple #144 DeKalb, IL. He served on the DeKalb County School Board and was active in Boy Scouts serving as a Cubmaster and Boy Scout Scoutmaster with the Two Rivers Council of Illinois. Dave served as District Commissioner in the Pee Dee Area Council in South Carolina and BSA Executive Board Piedmont Council, in Rutherford County. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth in 1987, served on the National Boy Scout Jamboree National Staff three times in the Troop Food Group and fulfilled a lifetime achievement hiking 14 days across Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 2000 with son David and members of Troop #132, Rutherfordton. He was an aircraft pilot and a member of the Rutherfordton Airport Authority, serving as Chairman in 1998-1999. He was elected to the Rutherfordton Town Council from 1997-1999 and was the Rutherfordton Board Member Water Authority from 1999-2002. With the McDonald’s System Franchisee Association, he was the National Operators Advisory Board (NOAB) representative 1996-1998, National Leadership Council (NLC) 1999 and also served as Greenville, Spartanburg & Asheville Coop President. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn “Katy” Maercker Hunt of the home; daughter; Nancy Lawson and her husband Barry of Asheville, Son; David Hunt and wife Laura of Forest City, Daughter; Diane Dickerson and husband Pete of Rutherfordton; and his three brothers Lee Eastburn of Cave Creek, AZ, Clifford Hunt (Sarah) of Oak Park, IL and Horace Hunt (Nicki) of South Elgin, IL; one sister Susan Gordon of Chicago, IL; seven grandchildren, Brady Diane Lawson, Benjamin Lawson, Abraham Lawson, Roland Hunt, Sterling Hunt, Cape Dickerson and Silas Dickerson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Marion Hadick and Martha Johnson. The family will receive friends Thursday evening, May 12 from 5 PM until 7 PM at Crowe’s Mortuary in Rutherfordton. Memorial services will be held Friday, May 13 at 11 AM at St. Francis Episcopal Church with Rev. Laura Myhr officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.crowemortuary.com
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