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Obituary – Gary J. Hunt


Gary James Hunt, age 82, son of James and Beulah Hunt, was born on January 1, 1942, in Decatur, Ill. He passed away on January 10, 2024, at home in Licking, Mo.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Ginger; two daughters, Laurie Preator and Lisa Vargas; two sons, Kenneth Hunt and Gary Hunt; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Gary earned his bachelor’s degree from Missouri Valley College in 1964, and his master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1978. He started as a classroom teacher and coach, then worked his way up to Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Director of Human Resources for the Decatur, Ill., school district.

Gary loved hunting, fishing, golfing and woodworking. He was always willing to help teach others how to do them all. He will be missed by everyone.

Arrangements entrusted to Fox Funeral Home, Licking, Mo. Online condolences may be left at


  1. Samuel S Baum on January 22, 2024 at 8:31 am

    I sit here at my desk and weep as I read of the passing of my good friend Gary. I remember those days at good old
    Mac Arthur High School and the football team, and even you (Ginger). I don’t have to tell his kids what a great guy their dad was and of course Ginger you know.
    “SO SORRY”

  2. David & Julie Jones on February 3, 2024 at 4:11 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We have very fond memories of seeing Gary around Montauk State Park fishing. We will think of Gary every time we look at our beautiful tables he restored and the stain glass wood clocks he and Ginger made.

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