Richard Dale “Dick” Hunter

December 11, 1938 ‒ June 11, 2019

Bellville, Ohio


Bellville: Richard Dale “Dick” Hunter of Bellville passed away on Tuesday evening, June 11, 2019. He was 80.

Dick was born on December 11th, 1938 in Mt. Vernon to the late Hazel Mae Albert and Dale Fremont Hunter. Dick was a United States Navy Veteran where he served his country from 1955 to 1965. He was a life member and a past president of the Eagles F.O.E. #760 in Mt. Vernon, a life member of the AMVETS post #43 in Bellville and post #95 in Mt. Vernon. He was also a life member of the VFW in Mt. Vernon. He was a past Charter member of the AMVET Riders Post #43 in Bellville, where he was given the nickname Big Daddy.  He was a proud member of American Legion Post #535 in Bellville.

Dick was a hard working man; he worked 25 years at the Grumman Flexible Bus Company as a welder and went on to do many different things. He retired December of 2000.

Dick loved to go camping, dancing, to bluegrass festivals, and to stock car races. He loved riding motorcycles; he bought his first Harley at the age of 15. Dick was a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. He enjoyed sitting in the sun on his front porch and people watching. He made many friends when moving to Bellville and was loved by all.

He was preceded in death by his father Dale Fremont Hunter; his mother Hazel Mae Albert; stepfather Lynn (Tex) Albert; sisters Bonnie Jean Lane and Carol Joan Decker; and his half-sister Linda Lou Albert.

He is survived by two daughters Dana (Bart) Gill and Brenda (Rick) Heinberger; their mother Kathy Hunter;  5 grandchildren Shannon Aten, Bobby (Miranda) Silliman, Brooklyn (Dave) Gill, Ambur Gill, Whitney Pargeon; 13 Great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; two step sisters Christina Murphy and Charlotte Cline; dear friends Turk Britton and Mike Palmer; and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Gathering for family and friends will take place on Sunday June 23, 2019 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Park in Bellville. Military honors will be performed by the Bellville American Legion Post #535 at 4:30 pm.  Interment will take place at a later date in the St. John Cemetery in Mt. Vernon.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Dick’s memory may be made to the family.

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  • Colleen and Brenda, Many a day I have thought about your Dad and always had Great memories. Growing up I can remember always had contact with Dad, We lived on Rangline road Mt Vernon, In Danville, And back to Mount Vernon on Fairmont Ave You all lived on Ames St. We always had fun to we all reached high school and all grew apart, However always thought of you all and Dad. Then he came back into our lives three my Mom Charlotte. He was always a Kind, Down to Earth Gentleman, Could not be prouder to call him My Uncle Dick. Prayers and Condolences. You Ladies have Grown to be Beautiful Ladies that He was Proud of. Lots of Love From Minnesota.

  • to the family and friends of Dick Hunter, I have known Dick for 50+ years, enjoying our friendship in both the workplace and social life. I am sad to hear of dick’s passing but know that he is no longer suffering with his illness’s GOD’S SPEED DICK. And my condolences’s to his family and many friends.

  • Colleen, Brenda and Aunt Kathleen and family: we were saddened to hear of Uncle Dick’s passing. We were out if town when we received the news and will be again at the time of his visitation so we won’t be able to be there. We love you all and extend our thoughts and prayers.

  • To the Family:

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Dick and I were distance cousins. Dick would come to my house when we were growing up. I have lots of memories of him. Has been years since I have seen him. Time passes so quickly. Bless all of you at this time.
    I am the daughter of Harry Hall, Edith Conkle was my aunt.

  • Kathy, Co, Bren and Family. I was very honored to show up in final respect to “Uncle Dick” on his old bike. Although I can’t say with 100% certainty what his passage to Heaven was like, I’d wager that The Good Lord gave him The Final Ride. Most assuredly a gracious length of road with swoops and valleys …. nice banking curves …. and scenery more beautiful and breathtaking than anything that our earthly eyes have seen. The sun was at his back illuminating his passage ahead. At the time for him to loosen the throttle and downshift to neutral, coast in to the heavenly kingdom and drop the kickstand …. I’m feeling he was greeted by all those who he loved so dearly ….. and that he loved equally as well. We will certainly miss the ol’ guy …. and be thankful for his service and sacrifices for God, nation, family and fellow American.