James “Jim” Murray Hunter was born on January 2, 1937 in Shattuck, Oklahoma to Rolland Murray and Louise Ione (Brandenburg) Hunter. When Jim was young, the family moved to a farm near Duquoin, Kansas. This is where he grew up and attended elementary school. Jim then attended Harper High School and graduated with the class of 1955.
Right out of high school, Jim went to work for Boeing in Wichita for a very short time and then went to work for Learjet (now Bombardier Learjet). Working on the aircraft production line as a sheet metal mechanic, he was also on the team that would go to crash sites, gathering pieces and reconstructing them as part of investigating the cause of the accident. After 38 years with them, he retired in the mid 90’s.
At a young age Jim became a faithful member of the catholic church. He regularly attended the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Harper of the St. Joan of Arc Community. He continued to live on the farm until the early 80’s when he moved to Harper. From that point on he was “Jim Hunter, Harper Kansas.” Jim loved aircraft and cars. His vehicles always had multiple antennas for his CBs and scanners. Many miles were driven as he loved to just cruise around town, help as a weather chaser, drive to another town because of something he heard on the scanner, or as he liked to admit to just be snooping. Jim had a large social circle even though he was a man of few words.
Jim passed away on November 21, 2019 in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 82 years, 10 months, and 19 days. He is preceded in death by his parents, Rolland and Louise; sister, Delores Louise McNeely; and brother, Alan Douglas Hunter. He is survived by his nieces and nephews: Kim McNeely Billings and her husband, David of Wichita, Greg McNeely of Denver, Colorado, Leslie McNeely Callstrom of Wichita, Julie Mungle and her husband, David of Orlando, Florida, and Brady Hunter and his fiancé, Emily Lopez of Wichita; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Graveside Service was 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 24, 2019 at the Harper Cemetery with Father Bob Pinninti officiating.
Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 613 W 14th ~ Harper, Kansas 67058 assisted the family with arrangements. www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com