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 Hunter, Francis D.
Died: 10/04/2013
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Hunter, Francis D. "Frank"

Hunter, Francis “Frank” D., age 57 of Lafayette Twp., NJ, died peacefully at home with his loving family by his side on Friday evening, October 4th, 2013. Born in Levittown, Long Island, New York, he had lived in Blairstown and the Lake Owassa section of Frankford Twp. for many years before moving to Lafayette Twp. in 2001.

Son of the late Edward William and Elizabeth (née Downey) Hunter, Frank was a graduate of Levittown High School, class of 1972. He attended Paul Smith College in Saranac Lake, NY, and later graduated from West Virginia University in 1976, receiving his Bachelors of Science degree in Forestry.  A photogrammetrist by profession, he was the owner and president of Atlantis Aerial Survey Co., Inc. in Budd Lake, NJ.

An active and devout member of the Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church in Fredon Twp., NJ, Frank had served as a Church Elder and was a member of a Saturday morning men’s bible study group in Franklin, NJ. Mr. Hunter was a proud and avid Harley Davidson motorcyclist and enjoyed riding his Electra Glide Classic. A member and former Vice President of the Christian Motorcycle Association, Newton Chapter, he was also a member of the Rolling Iron Riding Club in Flanders, NJ. A skilled craftsman and woodworker, Frank also enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include his beloved wife of twelve years Joan M. Hunter (née Ward) and his son Ryan E. Hunter of Lafayette Twp., his daughter Kelly H. and her husband John Mauger of Rockaway Twp., and his daughter Tracy E. Hunter of Wantage Twp. Also surviving are his brother John and his wife Allison Hunter of Pulaski, VA; his sister Carol and her husband Wayne Driskill of Rustburg, VA; his sister Evelyn and her husband Hugh Honeycutt of Denton, NC; and his many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 10:00 AM in Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church, 1 Yellow Frame Rd. (Rt. 94), Fredon Twp., NJ. Interment will immediately follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Airport Rd. Andover, NJ. Visitation will be held Monday, October 7th, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home, 156 Main St (Rt. 206), Newton, NJ, 07860. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lustgarten Foundation via <www.lustgarten.org>.  Online condolences may be made through <www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com>.

 
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To all - Fran was a life long friend - my family share a gate in Levittown. He and my brother painted the front of his mother's new car and the tow of them would do such things as stick grass in the gasoline on the lawn mover. There many great adventures we had growing up but these stick out the most. RIP my Friend
Christine Sennello Kasey
For our friend, Frank: ‚??All men have stars, ... Frank-You alone will have stars as no one else has them... In one of the stars you shall be living. In one of them you shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when we look at the sky at night..You, only you, will have stars that can laugh! And when our sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) we will be content that we have known you... You will always be our friend. It will be as if you had given us a great number of little bells that knew how to laugh‚?? (From "The Little Prince by Antoine de St Exupery) You are truly missed. With love and sorrow to Joan and family from Nancy and Bob
Nancy Arduengo
Frank was one of the kindest men I've known. I'm so sorry for your loss With love, Judy
Judy Caruso
Dear Hunter Family. My name is Kevin Carr. I knew you (the children) and your dad. (I am friend's with Donna Rummel. My wife is Holly. You might remember my daughters Janell, Bethany, and Megan.) I saw Frank last year in early November after the storm Sandy in Vernon at the doctor's off ice. I had seen him in quite some time. When we were in the waiting room, he was talking to anyone who would listen. I then recognized him and introduced myself. He remembered! We talked for about 15 minutes. We caught up on each others family and acquainces we knew. I wanted to let you know how proud he was of his children. He loved you all very much. Joan, he shared with me how you had come into his life and how much you meant to him. He loved you very much! But more importantly then the love for his family, friends, and church friend was his love for Jesus. He loved Christ and loved teaching the Men's Bible group he was involved in. I was sadden to have read the news today (Sun.)in the Herald, but I am so grateful to God that Frank is now in Glory praising King Jesus. May you find comfort and peace as you go through your time of mourning. You're all in my prayers. May you know Him and feel His presence now and forever. Sincerely, Kevin
Kevin Carr
Our deepest sympathies go out to you all. We know Frank will be deeply missed by you but he will also be missed by his Yellow Frame Family. Frank and his family have grown up with Bob, Meredith and myself in Yellow Frame and he will be missed by us all. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Chris & Bob Mayes
To Joan and family Frank is an inspiration to us. He lived his faith and shared it with everyone. May you find comfort in knowing that he is watching over all of us. Love Sue and Steve
Sue and Steve Adams
Frank raised a wonderful daughter who I am so thankful to have as a friend. I know that your family was so lucky to have such a great man in their lives and they will certainly cherish the memories. My prayers and with all of the Hunter family. xx Cori
Cori
To Joan and family, so sorry for your loss. Frank was the best of men. Dear Frank, I drank a silent toast to you Friday, I smoked a fine Cuban cigar in your name Saturday and dedicated my Sunday ride to you. No regrets my friend. See you one day on that great highway in the sky.
Nick Dudley
My deepest sympathies to the Hunter family. I know Ryan and have met his parents on occasion. As Ryan said to me when he told me on Saturday, "at least he is not suffering any more." I truly believe that your dad is in a much better place and will be watching over you always. I am extremely sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.
Dennis Garland
My deepest condolences to the Hunter Family. We have lost an amazing man. As being neighbors for 5 years, I couldn't have asked for a better "Guardian Angel". Frank walked up the driveway during my home inspection to make sure everything was ok. That was our first meeting, and then several days, later I showed up at his front door with spackle buckets to get water for my broken well. Since that day, he and his entire family opened their arms and home for anything that I needed. It is a terrible loss, by losing one of the "good guys". Joan, Ryan, Tracy, and Kelly, I am so sorry for your loss. Frank's saying of "Rock and Roll young man" will forever be what I always remember. God bless you, buddy. Romash Family
Romash Family
Joanie & family. I am deeply saddened by Frank's passing. He was a sweet and loving man who always made you feel truly loved. A true friend with a heart of gold. I will miss him and his loving smile! My deepest sympathies to you and your family. All my love, LILL
Lill
We would like to express our deepest condolences to the Hunter family. Although we never met Mr. Hunter we've had the pleasure of working with his daughter, Tracy. She is a wonderful young lady who loved her father dearly. He obviously was a loving father who did a great job at raising a lovely family.
Newton Veterinary Hospital
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your dear loved one. Please know that our heavenly Creator cares about you and will soon remove all pain, sorrow, and death forever! May this promise as recorded in Revelation 21:3,4 help you gain the strength and inner peace to cope with the days ahead. Philippians 4:13.
D.Johnson
Frank...the go to guy! I watched Frank and my father build a thriving business back in the 80's. Frank was as dedicated to that business as he was to his family. He would always come to work with funny stories about the kids and was so excited the day Joan walked into his life. I will forevermore be grateful for Frank's desire to continue Atlantis Aerial Survey, even through some tough times. The last time I saw Frank, was sadly at my own father's funeral. My prayer for you all is that you find comfort in the knowledge that Frank is now with his heavenly father. See you on the other side Frank!
Brenda Hoyt
I was fortunate enough to have been hired by Frank 20 years ago to work on his computer network for his business. I considered him not only a business associate but also a friend. He will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences go out to Joannie and the kids. My wife and i will never forget his generous gift that started a highschool club for kids who struggle to fit in called W.H.Y. It thrives to this day because of Frank. Love ya Frank.
Mark McCartney
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