Dean J. Hunt of Weaubleau, Mo., formerly of Independence, Mo., passed away July 20, 2012, at the age of 93.

Dean J. Hunt of Weaubleau, Mo., formerly of Independence, Mo., passed away July 20, 2012, at the age of 93.

Dean joined the Navy in 1944, where he saw action in the South Pacific as a gunner on a merchant marine ship that hauled hundreds of troops. He was credited with guning down a Japanese suicide plane that was headed for their ship, saving many troops’ lives. He worked at the Ford Motor Plant, General Motors and Lake City Arsenal. He retired from Armco Steel as superintendent of plant production. After retiring, he moved to Weaubleau, Mo., where he passed away. He served as a deacon in the Baptist Church until his health failed. His faith had been an outstanding feature during his life.

He is survived by his loving wife, Zenith Darlene, of 72 years; son Kenny; five grandchildren, Jason of Chicago, Clinton, Christopher, Phillip James and Travis Joyce; a great-grandson, Austin Dean, all of Independence, Mo.; his sisters, Elizabeth Hart Luffler of Weableau, and Marge Blackwell of Hermitage, Mo.; and nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by son Phillip Dean.

Services were Monday, July 23, 2012, at the Weaubleau First Baptist Church, under the direction of Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home.

Arrangements: Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home, Wheatland, MO  65779, 417-282-5534.

 

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