Rev. Clyde Hunter, 1929-2018

Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, LaPorte, is handling the arrangements for The Rev. Clyde K. Hunter, 88, of LaPorte, Indiana, who died peacefully on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Miller Health & Rehabilitation in LaPorte, surrounded by loving family. 

Clyde was born in Harrison Township, Delaware County, IN, on May 30, 1929, to Charles K. Hunter and Uva Pearl (King) Hunter, who preceded him in death. 

Clyde graduated from Harrison Township High School in 1947, later earning his B.S. from Taylor University, his M.S. from Ball State University, and his Ed.D. from Indiana University Bloomington. 

On July 4, 1951, in Mooreland, IN, Clyde married Doris Irene Bantz, who survives. He is also survived by three children: Caleb (Debora) of Mill Creek, IN, Mark L. (Ria) of Carrollton, TX, and Ruth E. (Marc) Henn of Cincinnati, OH; 10 grandchildren: Elizabeth (Brent) VanHook, Brian Hunter, Michael Hunter, Mark Andrew Hunter, Rebekah Smithey, Rachel Henn, Aleigha Henn, Marisa Henn, Miriam Henn, and Rivers Henn; 5 great-grandchildren: Grace and Matthew VanHook, Jeanette Goodlin, and Gavin and Aiden Brown; 1 sister, Willetta (James) Vest of Muncie, IN; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Clyde was preceded in death by his brother, James L. (Helen) Hunter of Indianapolis, and three sisters: Irene (Jesse) Reck of Daleville, Rachel (Kenneth) Hiestand of Gaston, and Catherine (Bernell) Mitchell of Muncie.

Clyde helped establish the Bethel Home Place for Boys near Gaston from 1957-1961. He pastored several churches in Indiana: First Christian Church in Mooreland (1950-1954); Christian Churches of Merom and South Vigo near Terre Haute (1954-1957); Old Union and Clifford Christian Churches near Edinburgh and Columbus (1965-1972); Mellott and Wingate Churches near Lafayette (1972-1975); Pleasant Hill Christian Church near Union City (1975-1979); St. Luke United Church of Christ in San Pierre (1980-1989); and Zion U.C.C. in Lawrenceburg (1989-1994). After retirement, Clyde served as interim pastor to several area U.C.C. churches.  He attended St. Paul U.C.C. in LaPorte and St. John’s U.C.C. in Michigan City. 

Upon retirement, Clyde, affectionately known as “Pappy” by many of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, made it his priority to spend quality time with family at every opportunity. He and Doris were quite the inseparable team, so thankful for the blessing of remaining in their home together all these years, fruitful in cultivating vegetables, flowers, family and friends. Pappy appreciated poetry, having memorized many pieces over the years, which he was known to use to accentuate a point in public and private communications. As his kids and grandkids, we were the recipients of many bear hugs, drawings of red hearts on little ones’ hands, prayers, competitive Scrabble games, stories (including that of Peter Rabbit taking up residence in his backyard), walks and play times in the yard and park, often on specially made or restored play equipment he supplied. Some recall a hand-made tree house, backyard playset, tire swing, and possibly the “piece de resistance” in the living room: the wooden rocking horse playfully known as “Ginger.” On most any occasion, Pappy was apt to have his camera in hand. Calling for a pose, “Ready, set, glow!” he marked events through innumerable family photos, meticulously recording the people and details on the backs, for each occasion. 

With his expressed goal to continue to grow in God’s unconditional love, we saw God faithful in answering that prayer to the very end, even as Pappy humbly struggled through the waning of his great physical strength. We will not forget his heroic fight. ‘Til death did he not depart from his devotion to God, intent on sharing His love and life with his beloved wife, friends, and family. We love you, Pappy!”

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 6 p.m. CST on Friday, March 9, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, LaPorte. A time of visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. CST Friday at the funeral home. A funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. EST Saturday, March 10, at Bethel Church, 12110 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN. A time of visitation will be held from 12-2 p.m. EST Saturday at the church. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery across from the church, “on the path to the bath” of the old Bethel Church. 

Memorial contributions in Clyde’s name may be made to Bethel Church or Cemetery, 12110 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN 47342; Beauty for Ashes Transitional Home, Muncie Mission, P.O. Box 2349, Muncie, IN  47307; or to other Christian charities.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.cutlerfuneralhome.com.

4 Responses to “Rev. Clyde Hunter, 1929-2018”

  1. Sherry

    Mar 07. 2018

    I met Clyde a few times, such a nice man. May you forever rest in paradise. ❤️

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  2. Rheeta

    Mar 07. 2018

    I meet Clyde when my brother Marc moved next door
    Clyde took Marc under his wings

    What a loving man
    RIP

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    • Elizabeth

      Mar 26. 2018

      Rheeta,
      Thank you, my grandfather had very positive things to say about Marc. He was a caring man who gave everyone a chance.

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  3. Jeri

    Mar 08. 2018

    My sincere condolences to the family. Clyde was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.

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