Dale H. Hunter
August 15, 1925 – December 8, 2019
Dale H. Hunter, 94, of Springfield, passed away on December 8, 2019 at Heritage Health. He was born on August 15, 1925 in Lincoln to C.H. and Violet Sheley Hunter. Dale married Virginia Cook in 1951 in Springfield and she preceded him in death in 1998.
Mr. Hunter is survived by his best friend and caregiver Carol Brannin and one Godson Dale Dunavan. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Donald Hunter.
Dale was a US Army Veteran who served in World War II in France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Austria. He was awarded France’s highest honor, The Legion of Honor and their Medal of Honor.
Mr. Hunter gave many young people from Central Illinois their first flight and their entry to aviation through his employment as a Springfield Aviation Co. Pilot. He was the recipient of NASBLA-Orvis award for Nautical Education Instructor Superiority, a thirty year volunteer as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources instructor and a sixteen year volunteer with honor roll status from NOAA and the National Oceanic Service. Dale was a three time recipient of the Moody Trophy for outstanding aviation performance and the Kurt Memorial Trophy for leadership in aviation. He was the co-founder and past commander of the Land of Lincoln Power Squadron, life member of the US Power Squadron, Ox-5 Aviation Pioneers, VFW, Amvets, American Legion, DAV, Military Order of the Purple Heart, 40 et 8 and the Flying Aces Club of New York. Dale starred in a short aviation movie in the late 1950’s which played at the Senate Theatre and he retired in 1974 from Material Supply Co.
A funeral service will be held at 12:30pm on Monday December 16, 2019 at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 East Allen Street, with burial to follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 11:30am until the time of service Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Military Order of the Purple Heart and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com.
- Military Order of the Purple Heart
- Visitation Monday, December 16, 2019
- Funeral Monday, December 16, 2019
Dale H. Hunter
January 3, 2020
Having not seen Mr. Hunter for many years, I was nevertheless saddened at his passing. What I still remember is the days in the 1950's we shared as members of the" Prop Busters" model airplane club in Springfield where I had grown up, married and later moved to Rockford, IL in 1963 when we lost contact.
His skills in building accurate and detailed models of the WWII (and earlier era) aircraft models was outstanding. Little did I know at the time of his accomplishments in the field of aeronautics and the prestigious awards he had won. He did however, speak of his service during the war in Europe including the woulds he had received in combat as an infantry officer. This exposure to the war through him was to later stimulate the interest I still possess in the study of the European theater amassing a large collection of books written by actual combat participants and visiting many of the sites in France, Belgium and German. In doing so, his legacy lives on somewhat within myself. MAY HE REST IN ETERNAL PEACE!
(Presently living in Georgia)
December 12, 2019
Dale is a veteran that proved his service never ends. May he rest in peace and his story live on.
December 11, 2019
Dale - I had many great hours as a young man listening to jazz with you (Yes Sidney Bechet was great on the soprano sax) and your advice and care with model planes helped me along to finally get my pilots license. Rest well my friend God's peace Rich
December 10, 2019
Dale you were a good friend and neighbor. Although you never lived next to me you owned your parents home across the street from me. We often mowed the large lot together and i came over and visited you on your breaks from mowing. You also let us use your driveway for high school senior photos with cars. So happy to see you and pray with you a few weeks ago. You are loved and will be missed.
December 9, 2019
Oh the memories I have of Dale & Virginia from my childhood. Always a good time at Lake Springfield, with my parents, Dale, Virginia & my sisters. Way too many to list but the ones I will always remember is his black, black mustache & always having his captain's hat on :) He will be dearly missed but never forgotten & he is finally with his beloved Virginia & hopefully having a few laughs with my Dad. Till we meet again Dale, sail on!!