William "Bill" Hunnicutt, Jr. was born to William and Annabelle (Monteith) Hunnicutt on November 2, 1926, in Akron, OH. He later moved to Sylva, NC.
After the untimely death of his parents, Bill joined the United States Navy in 1942 at age 16. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger and also a sub-chaser in the North Atlantic during World War II. He also served during the Korean War. His service took him to many parts of the world during his 20 years in the Navy. He retired from the Navy in 1962 as a Chief Petty Officer. He earned his Bachelors Degree from Bemidji State University in 1964, then served as Juvenile Probation Officer for Cass, Todd, and Wadena counties until 1974. He then served one term as a Wadena County Commissioner.
Bill married Edna Mae Borslien on August 16, 1957, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. They moved to Honolulu, HI and later to Bemidji, and Walker, MN; moving to Wadena in 1969. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the VFW, American Legion, Fleet Reserve Association, Masonic Lodge 156, and Zuhrah Shriners. Bill passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2009 at his home in Wadena.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Edna, of 52 years; children, Karen (Meyer) of Eden Prairie and David of Omaha, NE; grandsons, Justin and Maxwell; sister, Betty (James) Vick; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Monday, August 3, in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena with Pastor Rob Nelson officiating. Pallbearers were Dale Dobson, Jimmy White, Bob Heilig, Bob Teal, Chuck Schoberg, and Monte Grossinger. Interment was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena (www.johnsonmemorialhome.com).