Henry J. Hunter Jr.

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Macwahoc - Henry J. Hunter Jr., an old woodsman, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln after a brief illness. He was born in Macwahoc, on September 29, 1918, the son of Henry J. Hunter and Ernestine Coburn Hunter.
He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Anthony (Teddie); and a sister, Corrine. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Maxine Ruth Pratt Hunter; a son, Henry J. Hunter III (Joe) and his wife, Mary Lynne Hunter, of Eddington; and his grandson, Henry J Hunter IV (H J) of Bangor. In his early years as a boy, he worked in the woods when he could and in fact worked as the cooks helper on one of the last river drives on the Penobscot River. As a teenager, he grew up in the Depression, and like most people of that time, has always known and appreciated the value of a dollar. As a 23-year-old in 1941, he found himself in the U.S. Army and was assigned to an Engineer Battalion. He was involved in campaigns going through Sicily, Tunisia, French Morocco, Algeria, Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland in Germany. On D-day he landed at Utah Beach and proceeded with the invasion to liberate Europe. As a combat engineer he was out in front of the infantry building bridges, clearing mine fields, etc. On New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 1944, he was severely injured when the ammunition truck he was loading was hit by incoming fire and exploded. He spent 11 months in military hospitals recovering from his wounds before he was released from the service. He received the Purple Heart along with many other campaign medals. Upon returning home, he married Maxine and they continued to reside in Macwahoc. For many years, Henry was self-employed. Building homes and working in the woods as a logger. He also worked briefly for the Maine Forest Service. Eventually he became employed by St. Regis Paper Company in the Forestry Dept. and became a district forester where he continued to work with St. Regis Paper Company and Champion International Paper until his retirement in 1983. Henry enjoyed playing cribbage with family and friends. There is probably not many people who grew up in Macwahoc between 1950 and present who did not at one time or another ask for his advice, his help or his assistance in fixing or building something. Also the kids who grew up in town gravitated to him for help and assistance with fixing a bicycle, toy or anything they needed. A special acknowledgement to Martha Joy Crocker and Sandra Pratt Fuller who held a very special place in Henry's heart. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially fishing with friends like Everett Waters, Dick Joy, and Buddy Thibodeau, and his brothers-in-law, Bill Pratt, Junior Pratt, and Byron Pratt along with his son, Joe, and later his grandson, HJ. But his real love was a stewardship of the land. He knew the land, the trees, the streams and brooks and the animals intimately like few others. An old forester from the St. Regis Paper Company who often said he was fortunate to work with Henry once replied when speaking of Henry that "He was the finest woodsman that I ever knew."
The family wishes to recognize and thank the caregivers of the past few years for the loving care you provided Henry. At his request there, will be a graveside service with military honors to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. at the old Macwahoc Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Henry in a special way may donate to a local animal shelter. Online condolences may be expressed at clayfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 7, 2018
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