Emory C. Hunter

Posted: Thursday, July 08, 2010

Emory Calvin Hunter, 88, died July 3, 2010 in Lake Stevens, WA. Emory was born April 10, 1922 at Marshall, Alaska, and graduated high school in Eklutna, Alaska in 1939. At his own request, his body will be cremated and no services will be held.

In 1939, Emory began a long and interesting career in the maritime industry with his apprenticeship aboard the motor vessel "North Star," and transferred to the engine department aboard the M/S "Boxer." At the outset of W.W. II, he worked at Boeing Aircraft Co. building B-17 bombers. The lure of the sea and his interest in things mechanical prompted him to attain his engineer's license. In 1942, he shipped out on the troop transport "James B. Houston" and served in the Aleutian campaign. In 1946, he received an honorable discharge from the Army Transportation Corps, mariner field. He continued his seafaring ways and served on ships for Matson Navigation, San Francisco, U.S. Lines of Portland, and Alaska Steam of Seattle.

In 1948, he joined the Civil Aeronautics Administration as a maintenance mechanic of ground facilities, Bethel, Alaska. In 1950, he transferred to the Juneau sector as Engineer aboard the service vessel "Fed-Air 3" for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stations throughout SE Alaska. In 1974, he finally quit the sea and took up residence at Sisters Island, his last duty station with FAA.

During his 32 years in Civil Service, Mr. Hunter received many awards and was most proud of the commendation reading: "For significant accomplishments and sustained excellence." Emory retired in 1980 and moved with family to Hoonah, Alaska, but soon found out that retirement was not for him. He hired on as maintenance mechanic and winter watchman for Wards Cove Packing Co. at Hoonah Cannery, retired again in 1995 and moved back to Juneau, where he hired on as Tram Operator and cabin conductor for the new Mt. Roberts Aerial Tramway. Four years later, Emory decided that was enough "ups and downs" and retired to volunteer work until, as he put it, he "ran out of gas." Emory's hobby was photography, videography, and an occasional strum on a guitar, pretending he was Willie Nelson or Gene Autry. Emory was a faithful member and lector at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Juneau.

Emory is survived by his bride of 47 years, Frieda G. Hunter; sister Fortuna Odell, nephew Buddy Odell; daughters Schatzie Hunter, Paula Blair Three Stars, Lenore Three Stars; grandchildren Charise Hunter, Raphael Watts, Jr.; Richele Blair; Rio Three Stars; great-grandchildren Freedom and Ocean Hunter, Brody Three Stars, Alana and Orion Watts; and a multitude of beloved nieces and nephews. Condolences: POB 9, LakeStevens, WA 98258.

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