Roger W. Hunt
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Roger W. Hunt
  • August 31, 1925 - January 15, 2017
  • Chesterfield, Missouri

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HUNT, Reverend Roger Wilbur Hunt faithful follower and servant of the Lord, Jesus Christ, left this world and home that he loved for his greater love to be with Christ eternally on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Roger leaves behind his loving and devoted wife, Helen Busybee (nee Nuckles) Hunt after 63 years of marriage that was an example and testimony of a loving and faithful Christian relationship, setting the standard for a legacy of Christian homes to follow him. Roger, born August 31, 1925, was 91 years old.

Surviving is his faithful and loving wife, Helen, 92. Also surviving are his 3 children, 16 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren: David and Linda Hunt and their children and grandchildren: Amanda, Derik, and Clarissa & Jason Newswanger; Paul (Rebecca) Hunt and their children and grandchildren: Andrea, Joseph & Tami (Kirstin, Ashlyn, Ryan, Nathan, Daniel, David, Emily), Joel & Candice (Greta, Lucy, Meredith), Patrick & Jennifer (Josiah, Benjamin, Samuel, Ethan,): Zachary & Sarah (Hannah, Rebekah, Katelyn, Lauren, Caleb), Collyn & Ryan Brown (Prudence, Simeon), Elisa & Stephen Schuknecht (Brianna, Alison, Abigail), Carolyn, and Abraham (Angie); and Ruth (David) Elder and their children and grandchildren: Lauren & Matt Gary (Liam), Virginia & Kevin Witten (Cora), Matthew, and Hannah; and sister-in-law, Carol Hunt.

Roger has four expected great grandchildren on the way and was preceded by a number of lost infant grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also preceding him in death are his parents, Herbert and Birma (nee Chilcott) Hunt and his brother, Byron Hunt.

Roger was born and raised as a poultry farmer in Bridgeton, NJ where he engaged in farming and working in the trades. Born again at age 18, his conversion would lead to graduating from Columbia Bible College where he met Helen. Following college and his marriage to Helen, Roger began a career of Christian service preparing to serve in India, but pastored state side. His first pastorate in PA would lead him to graduation from Covenant Theological Seminary. From there, he would serve on the pastoral staff at Covenant Presbyterian Church and onto other congregations in PA, FL, IN before completing his career as Chaplain at Friendship Village of Chesterfield in 1994. In due time, Roger and Helen became residents at Friendship Village of Chesterfield. Roger left a legacy of gentle Christian love, devotion, and service that has borne rich fruit in his succeeding generations. Roger and Helen's home was known for hospitality. Roger was a gifted evangelist and pastoral counselor. His most rewarding ministry was with the elderly, pastoring a church in a Florida retirement community and his 19 years as Chaplain at Friendship Village of Chesterfield.

Roger was a gifted handyman and tradesman, sometimes supporting his pastoral work as a carpenter or mechanic. He was famous for his gardening ability of vegetables and flowers. He was a gentle prankster and joker and especially fond of silly songs and corny jokes and gags. He and Helen often took in live-in guests such as high school, college, and seminary students and cared for Helen's mother for many years. Roger was humbled by the gifts of his contemporary theologians, teachers, and preachers while excelling in the role of shepherding pastor. He would turn the most casual conversations with a stranger into an opportunity to share the Gospel with apparent ease and committed devotion. By these measures and skills, he ministered to many extended family members outside of the residential community at Friendship Village of Chesterfield. Roger kept detailed files of his pastoral visits, documenting names and dates of visits along with the contents of those discussions. He was a meticulous organizer, saving the most minute useful item.

Roger's character can be summed up in the effective transforming work of the Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated in Roger's diligent dutiful faithful practice. He often said: "I can do great big things because I serve a great big God."