John Hunter

September 05, 1939 ‒ June 23, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” -Proverbs 3:6- This straight path led John Hunter into eternal glory as he went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, June 23, 2019 from Kingston of Ashland. He was 79.

He was born September 5, 1939 in Mansfield to parents Glenn & Mildred Hunter. He graduated from Mansfield Senior High. A beautiful young lady named Norma Jean Baker caught his eye and the pair soon married on September 25, 1970.

John was a member of Mansfield Alliance Church and earned the title of “Sucker Man” from all the kids as he was the one to pass out suckers to them on Sunday mornings. He worked at ConRail Railroad, where he worked for over 32 years before retiring as a Track Foreman. Following his retirement from the railroad he was self-employed serving Family Life Counseling as a Maintenance Supervisor for 18 years.

His greatest achievement he was being designated Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather of the century by his family. He would stop at nothing to make sure that his family was taken care of. He was always known to tease people as that was his way of showing someone, he liked them. His family always came first but he also enjoyed cars.

He is survived by his dearly devoted, loving wife of 49 years Norma Jean Hunter; son Rev. Steven (Margie) Burggraf; grandchildren Amanda (David) Soliven and Elizabeth (Bobby) Orr; great-grandson Russell Orr; good friends and brothers in Jesus Christ Dave (Becky) Mackey, Clare (Lavita) Campbell, John (Jan) Allen, Myron (Nancy) Hamilton, John (Sandy) Matthes, Don (Diane) Winemiller, Herb Ross, Jack (Mary) Stortz and Butch Cooley.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by son Charles William Burggraf and cherished dog Sara Jane

John’s family will receive friends Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 1:30-3 p.m. and 5-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring John’s life will be held Friday, June 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. Rev. Steven Burggraf will speak.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve John’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • I CHOOSE NOT TO SAY GOODBYE TO MY DEAR FRIEND, BUT TO SAY SEE YOU LATER!!! REST EASY IN THE MASTER’S ARMS UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!!! YOU WERE SOME KIND OF A MAN WHO REPRESENTED CHRIST IN THE TRUEST FORM. MY LIFE HAS BEEN ENRICHED BY HAVING MET YOU. THANK YOU FOR BEFRIENDING ME AND SHARING THE COUNTLESS HOURS THAT WE WOULD SPEND TOGETHER LAUGHING, TALKING ABOUT CARS AND LIFE IN GENERAL!!! YOU WERE ONE GREAT MAN IN MY EYES. REST ON, REST ON!!!! HEAVEN HAS INHERITED AN ANGEL IN YOU JOHN HUNTER!!! I LOVE YOU BROTHER AND WILL BE PRAYING FOR AND SUPPORTING YOUR FAMILY DURING DIFFICULT AND JOYOUS TIME!!!!!

    IN CHRIST,

    HERBERT S. ROSS

  • Dearest Norma, Steve & Margie, Amanda & David, Lizzy & Bobby and little Russell — I’m so sorry that John isn’t on this Earth with us any longer but am so happy for his recent homecoming with our Lord. He was a wonderful, loving man and our lives are better for knowing him. I have no doubt he is having a cup of coffee (and hopefully pie) with Grandma Helen and discussing the Bible. Prayers for you all – love you

    Travis, Jodie & Haley Dugan

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the God of all comfort bring you His peace. John loved his family, and lived his faith. Saying good-bye is hard.

  • John and Norma were very very special to me growing up ,and were so welcoming and loving to my husband when I married him 18years ago. I loved his ornery little smile and his quiet kind spirit …. we will be praying for you Norma. Love you. See you Friday AM.
    Holly Hostetler and Shane Hostetler

  • Dearest Norma, Family
    John, Such a precious soul
    So kind, so caring to our son
    Such a righteous man.
    How he shared with me, the talks
    He had with our son John, so caring,
    Such a man of faith. He didn’t only say
    He cared, he showed he cared.
    His deep and loyal love to our Lord came
    first, and then there was his helpmeet Norma, Oh how he loved and adored her.
    John, You are only just away
    And all Gods children will see
    John Hunter again, in Glory Land
    Set Free, set free, SET FREE.
    Streets of gold you see
    At the feet of Jesus Christ
    For all eternity.
    Waiting at the Eastern gate,
    Were loved ones, gone before
    Bells rang, Angels sang, you
    Knew them all by sight
    No night there…
    Jesus shining bright
    Rest in the arms of our Lord
    Jesus John.