2319. Robert Shannon
was born on
13 Aug 1919 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He died on 22 Feb 2012 in Quincy,
Adams County, Illinois. He was buried in Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Adams
Robert S. Hunter, 92, of 103 S. 23rd St., formerly of 4132 Coachlight Court,
Quincy, died at 5:47 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 22, 2012) in Blessing Hospital.
He was born Aug. 13, 1919, in Chicago, a son of Clyde H. Hunter and Florence
E. Hunter. On Aug. 1, 1942, he married Dorothy L. Behrensmeyer in Chicago. She
died Dec. 27, 2004.
He attended Madison School and graduated from Quincy High School. He also attended
the University of Illinois. He was a graduate of Northwestern University College
of Commerce, Northwestern University College of Law and the American Savings
and Loan Institute.
He was the first chair cornet in the Quincy High School Band (national champions
in 1936), a member of the University of Illinois Band, first trumpet in the Quincy
Symphony Orchestra, a member of the University of Illinois Men's Chorus, a member
of the University of Illinois Double Quartet, the Y.M.C.A. Choir and the Salem
Church Choir. He had the lead part in several Quincy Community Little Theatre
Mr. Hunter was a member of various winning crews at the South Side Boat Club
of Quincy and played football at Northwestern University. He was a pilot with
the Instrument Rating Member Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He also
authored "The Invitation to Flying" (Flying Book Club selection).
Mr. Hunter was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Phi Delta Phi, the Adams
County Bar Association, the Quincy Country Club, Bodley Lodge No. 1, AF&AM,
Quincy Consistory, Quincy Rotary Club, Quincy Kiwanis Club, and the Illinois
State Supreme Court Rules Committee.
Mr. Hunter was a county judge for Adams County from 1946 until 1954 and was a
circuit judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit from 1957 until 1964. He was co-organizer
and the first president of the Exchange Club of Quincy, co-organizer and first
president of the Adams County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and co-organizer
and first president of the Adams County Chapter of the American Heart Association.
Mr. Hunter was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1942 and practiced law in Chicago
with Taylor, Miller, Busch, and Boyden. He practiced law in Quincy from 1943
until his retirement with the exception of his terms of judicial offices. He
was the director and chairman of the board of Quincy Peoples Savings and Loan
Association and the director of South Side Bank of Quincy. He was also the founder
and first president of Mid-West Abstract Co. Mr. Hunter authored the "Trial
Handbook for Illinois Lawyers," "Federal Trial Handbook," "Estate
Planning and Administration in Illinois," "Hunter's Illinois Probate
System," "Hunter's Illinois Estate Planning System," "How
to Build a Successful Estate Practice," and numerous other books and manuals.
He also co-authored numerous state trial handbooks.
Two highlights from his late years include the honor of the bestowal of the Amicus
Curiae award by the Illinois Judge's Association in December 2007. He was also
the ribbon cutter at the ceremony donating the Emmauel Hunter Cabin to John A.
Logan Community College in Carbondale that same year.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda L. (Ron) Hermann of Champaign; a granddaughter,
Nell Catherine (Matt) Madigan of Champaign; and a great-grandson, Hunter Matthew
Madigan of Champaign.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers,
James G. and John R. Hunter.
SERVICES: 11 a.m. Monday in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with the Rev. Brian
Damrow officiating. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.
VISITATION: 10 to 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Quincy University or Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
He was married to Dorothy L. Behrensmeyer on 1 Aug 1942 in Chicago, Cook County,
Illinois. Dorothy L. Behrensmeyer was born on 12
Jul 1918. She died on 27 Dec 2004 in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois. Robert
Shannon Hunter and Dorothy L. Behrensmeyer had the following children:
Linda Louise Hunter.