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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Obituary - Howard E. (Gene) Hunt

Howard E. (Gene) Hunt, 92, passed away Monday morning, February 15, at the Foxwood Springs Care Center in Raymore, Missouri. He was survived by his close canine companion of several years, Joe. Gene was born January 21, 1929 in Midwest, Montana to Howard W. Hunt and Sarah M. Hunt. At the time of his birth, Gene’s father was in Montana as a laborer in the oil fields. 

The family moved back to the Blairstown, Missouri area. Gene’s parents operated a small diner in Blairstown. Gene married his lifelong sweetheart, Helen Deloris Nay in 1948. They were married for over 59 years until her passing in 2008. Gene and Helen bought the diner from Gene’s parents. Neither Gene nor Helen was old enough to legally sell alcohol, so when a customer ordered a beer, one of them would have to run up the street to get Gene’s Dad to come to sell and serve the beer. 

For a short period of time, Gene had a small trucking route, which he decided was more trouble than it was worth. He sold it soon after buying it. Gene had a paper route and threw papers twice a day for the Kansas City Star for many years. He and Helen threw the Cass County Shopper throughout Cass County once a week for many years. Gene was also a farmer for many years, raising cattle and some row crops. 

When he retired from farming a few years ago, the buyer of his farm was a former paper boy that helped Gene on his paper route. Gene was a member of the Lucas United Methodist Church, a member of the A.F.&A.M. Lodge number 147, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Ararat Shrine, and former member of the Royal Order of Jesters. He was an original member of the Sand Buggies and the Motor Corp of the Ararat Shrine. Gene and Helen were active participants in the Democratic Party for many years. Gene was so thankful to have been able to vote for and help elect Joe Biden President this past November. 

He Was also thankful and thrilled to see Joe Biden inaugurated as our 46th President of the United States of America. Gene loved the outdoors and tried to stay as physically active as he could until the end. He loved to quail and pheasant hunt, - and he loved raising and eating catfish! He would also say “The key to good catfish is to clean and soak them good, - you can’t soak them too much!” He came up with the idea of using an old wringer Maytag washing machine to soak the catfish. 

He geared down the speed of the agitator, and it worked like a charm. He also advocated and proved (to most people’s disbelief), time and again, that catfish can be caught on an un-baited hook. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, a younger adult brother, Robert, and another brother that died shortly after birth, --- and his beloved wife, Helen. 

At Gene’s direction private services are under the direction of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home in Clinton. Interment at the Blairstown Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at www.bradleyhadley.com. Memorial donations may be made in Gene’s memory to the Clinton Animal Shelter.