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Bill Hunnicutt Jr.

William "Bill" Hunnicutt Jr., 82, of Wadena, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2009, at his home.

He was born to William and Annabelle (Monteith) Hunnicutt on Nov. 2, 1926, in Akron, Ohio. He later moved to Sylva, N.C. After the untimely death of his parents, he joined the Navy in 1942 at age 16. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger and also a sub-chaser in the North Atlantic during World War II. He also served during the Korean War. His service took him to many parts of the world during his 20 years in the Navy. He retired from the Navy in 1962 as a chief petty officer. He earned his bachelor's degree from Bemidji State University in 1964, then served as juvenile probation officer for Cass, Todd and Wadena counties until 1974. He then served one term as a Wadena county commissioner.

He married Edna Mae Borslien on Aug. 16, 1957, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. They moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, and later to Bemidji, and Walker; later moving to Wadena in 1969. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the VFW, American Legion, Fleet Reserve Association, Masonic Lodge 156, and Zuhrah Shriners.

Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 3, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena with the Rev. Rob Nelson officiating. Pallbearers were Dale Dobson, Jimmy White, Bob Heilig, Bob Teal, Chuck Schoberg and Monte Grossinger. Interment was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Arrangements were with the Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena (

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Edna; children, Karen (Meyer) of Eden Prairie and David of Omaha, Neb.; two grandsons; sister, Betty (James) Vick; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and two sisters.