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Lionel D. “Lonny” Hunter

March 2, 1943 - October 22, 2020

 Lionel D. “Lonny” Hunter, age 77, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Born in Upland, PA on March 2, 1943, he was a son of the late Leland and Thelma (Linaweaver) Hunter, Sr. Lonny proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. He worked as a mixer for Congoleum Corp. in Trainer, PA, and later worked at Panzer Management Co. in New Jersey as a maintenance engineer.

Active with the Masons, Lonny belonged to Armstrong Lodge No. 26 A.F. & A. M. of Newport, Adamiroc No. 2, Kent Chapter No. 8 and St. John No. 4.  Offices he held include: Illustrious Master of Cryptic Masons, Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons, High Priest, Grand Lecturer, the Ambassador for General Grand Chapter and Holy Order of High Priesthood.  For several years he was involved in the planning sessions for the York Rite Grand Sessions, Lonny received the following awards for excellent service for the Masons:  Purple Cross, Distinguished Service Bronze Award and Ephrain Kirby Award to name just a few.

A friend to the community, he was a Junior Achievement advisor and coached football, basketball, and baseball for the CYAA in Claymont. Lonny was a Delaware National Court appointed special advocate volunteer for 20 years. He was also a Cubmaster and committee Chairman for Pack 62 of Claymont and a member of the Senior 50+ Club of Newark. Lonny was a dedicated member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing. Above all, Lonny loved spending time with his grandchildren and Scarlett (Buttercup).

In addition to his parents, Lonny was preceded in death by his brothers, Louis Hunter, Leslie Hunter, Larry Hunter, and Joan Hunter. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Linda L. (Stewart) Hunter; children, Anita Cumbo (Chas) of Orlando, FL, Charles Russo, Jr. (Flo) of Elkton, MD, Gina Gromek (Ron) of Upper Chichester, PA, Kenneth Hunter of Wilmington and Thomas Russo (Cel) of Avondale, PA; brothers, Leland Hunter, Jr. of Upland, PA and Lance Hunter of Florida; 14 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

 A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 10:45 am on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a masonic service will begin at 10:45 am. A funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, 2321 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA. Face masks will be required for all in attendance.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lonny’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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27 Condolences for Lionel D. “Lonny” Hunter

  • I’m so sorry you left your family and friends so soon. You will be greatly missed by all. I love you and will miss you my brother. May God take real good care of you till we all meet again. Love and miss you Lonny.

  • Thinking of you as you celebrate Lonny’s amazing life. – We Love You!!

  • Simper fi Rest In Peace

  • So sorry for your loss. May God look over the family

  • Linda and family, I am so so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you at this difficult time!

  • Not many words We can say to make this okay. But, we love you so very much and we are here for you. May God bring you a sense of peace as you go through this journey. Peace and hugs.

  • Linda and family, words cannot express my sorrow over the loss of Lonny. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you.

  • So sorry about your loss, Linda, Anita and family.

  • It’s with great sorrow to see you gone. You were a great father and friend. I know God has accepted you into his house. You will be greatly missed. Thanks for all you’ve done.

  • Dear Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. Lonny was a very special man. He befriended many from all stations in life. Particularly, though, he was a guiding light to countless young people, dedicated to their betterment, an advocate for their needs. He was never afraid of taking on the tough tasks. He always rose to the occasion when he was needed. Lonny was a rare individual, who will be missed by a society that he gave every measure of his abundant talents to. You were always at his side and I am sure that you are bearing much pain right now. Share in the strength that is offered for you by the many who loved him and love you.

  • Linda and family, I will never forget Lonny’s dedication to children. His time with JA is among my most fondly remembered years. I enjoyed reengaging with him on FB. May he rest in peace and God bless you all. Lucy

  • Beth & I are so sorry that our good friend Lonny has passed away. Lonny & Linda have served on the Steering Committee of the “FIFTY PLUS” social group at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall with me for the past few years. Lonny was always willing to volunteer his time and energy to help the organization. He was a friend to all. We will miss him very much.

  • Linda praying for your strength as you grieve your husband’s loss and celebrate his legacy! God bless you.

  • You all have my deepest sympathy for the loss of Lonny. He was a good man. I will never forget how he advocated for your Mom. Watching him with “Buttercup” from infant to toddler was heartwarming. He will be missed by many….especially by you Linda. RIP Lonny.
    Karen W

  • My deepest condolences to you (Linda) and your family. I enjoyed visiting and talking to him at First Card formal functions. Rest In Peace.

    PS: My condolences to Anita, Charles and Flo as well.

  • My condolences go out to Linda and the family. Remember that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
    God Bless you all.

  • We danced and danced. Hope we can do it again one day.
    Rest well my friend.

  • It is with great sadness that my good friend Lonnie has passed. Prayers are with Linda and the family. I am so sorry to see him leave us.

  • It is with sad and heavy hearts that we extend sincere condolences to Linda and the family. We are so thankful that we had an opportunity to finally catch up with Lonny last Saturday with hopes of doing so again. Please know we are praying for God’s comfort and peace during this difficult time. Bonnie and Tony Kondracki

  • Linda & family so sorry for your loss…Lonny always said something to make me laugh; what a great guy

  • So sorry for your loss. Lonny was a wonderful long time friend for over 50 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  • Linda & Family, we are so sorry for your loss. I remember growing up with him in Upland. Lonny was a great guy and will be missed.

  • Dear Pop I will remember the good celebrations we spent together . Especially with Gina at her Birthday party and Justin’s Graduation 🎓 from police 👮 academy along with a TiffanyS recent bday party .
    I will miss you unconditionally. Rest East . Love ❤️ Terri

  • Linda Gina & Family Words cannot
    express how heartbroken we all are For the loss of your loved one . Please know you are in our thoughts n prayers .
    We loved pop unconditionally n He will be missed. Love the Malin family

  • Dearest Linda I am so sorry to hear of Lonnie’s passing. What a wonderful man
    He will be missed truly. Hugging you to my heart Rest In Peace it was a pleasure knowing you Lonnie

  • Linda, wish I could have been there, please know my prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Lonny was such a special, loving and kind man that will be missed by many.

  • What a very special man he was! I was always so impressed with his persistent and tireless dedication to the youth he represented as a CASA.

    Barbara