Gary R. Hunt

Gary R. Hunt, 64, of Corry, Pa., died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, as the result of a tragic hunting accident.

Gary was born Nov. 5, 1957, in Lawrence County, New Castle, Pa. He was the son of Earl “Tubby” Hunt of Corry, Pa., and the late Eileen (Stunkard).

Gary graduated from Lawrence County Vocational Technical School in 1976. After graduation, he worked with his dad at Sparmon Plumbing Supplies and had fun driving around in his ‘57 Chevy and many different motorcycles; his love of both remained an interest to this day.

Gary enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on September 16, 1982. He most recently served with Bravo Company, Headquarters Battalion at Camp LeJeune North Carolina, whose military occupation specialty was Military Police. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps on February 18, 1983, and was awarded the sharpshooter’s badge.

Upon his discharge from the Marine Corps, he returned home to start his training at the Regional Police Academy at Lawrence County Vocational Technical School. Upon graduation, he started his new job as a police officer in New Wilmington.

He married the love of his life Michele (Conti) Hunt in 1986. He was her everything. Together they lived in New Wilmington, where Gary worked as a police officer. In 1987, they moved to Florida where he worked for Brevard County as a canine officer. They then moved to Corry, Pa., in 1992, where he worked as a police officer and moved up the rank, retiring from his career of law enforcement as a Lieutenant.  

The Corry area is filled with people that have been forever changed because of the influence of Lt. Gary Hunt. Gary lived out the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis, Always Faithful. He was faithful to his family, his church, his community, and most importantly his Savior, Jesus Christ. Many stories have been shared of his mentoring and encouraging spirit. He had a quiet, calm demeanor that spoke life into people. He was a father figure to many, but especially his two boys. Being a part of their lives was very important. They could call him at any time and his words of advice would answer the unknown. He was an all-around handyman and could do anything from yard landscaping to mechanics. He enjoyed the woods and doing anything in nature. You could often find him with his metal detector or a fishing pole in his hand.

Most lately, it’s been a guitar, since he was teaching himself how to play. He was most at home on his tractor and with dirt on his hard-working, calloused hands. Yet these hands were soft enough to cradle his precious one week old granddaughter Wrenleigh.

Along with his mother, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Gerald “Bubbles” Cascavilla; and mother-in-law, Jean Plotts Simpson.

He will be sadly missed by his wife; sons Travis Hunt and Logan Hunt, with his fiancée Chelsea Donato; and grandchildren, Kohen Donato and Wrenleigh Hunt of Corry, Pa.; sister, Paula Warren and husband, George “Jig” of Sharon, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Debbie and husband Gary Mancini, and Sharon Cascavilla; brother-in-law, Randy and wife Tammi Conti, all from New Castle, Pa.

Family and friends may call at First United Methodist Church, 650 Worth St., Corry, Pa., on Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m., and attend the funeral service there on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Duk Hee Han and the Rev. John Zimmerman will officiate. The service may be viewed live at www.corryfirst.org.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 650 Worth St., Corry, PA 16407.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Bracken Funeral Home Inc., 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa.

To sign the guest book or send condolences, please visit www.brackenfh.com.