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Alvaro J. Hunter

Birth September 30, 1921
Death: December 1981 in Winter Park, Florida
Sex: Male
Father: Earl Alvaro Hunter b. August 18, 1893 in Plessis, New York
Mother: Lora Verde Wilson b. April 7, 1893 in Theresa, New York
Education: Alexandria Bay High School, Class of 1938
Religion: Methodist

Spouses & Children

Wife: Jerry Margaret Hickling Williams b. July 19, 1922 in White County, Illinois
Marriage: April 12, 1946 in Clovis, New Mexico
Children: John Alvaro Hunter
Nancy Suzanne Hunter
David William Hunter


Paul remembers that his brother, Alvaro, liked to be dressed up sharp. Paul and the younger brothers got Alvaro s hand me downs.


Alexandria Bay, April 25, 1946 - Capt. Alvaro Hunter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hunter of Plessis, and Miss Geraldine Hickling ofCarmi, Illinois, were married on Tuesday, April 12, in the post chapel at Clovis, New Mexico. White flowers and candles formed the setting. They were married by the post chaplain in a double ring formal military service. The organist played the traditional wedding music.

Major Paul Conger, friend of Captain Hunter, was best man, and Mrs. Conger was the matron of honor. The bride's ensemble was a cloud pink suit with blue accessories. She carried sweetheart roses.

Captain Hunter was graduated from the Alexandria Central School in June 1939.

A reception was held at the Officers' Club following the wedding, and the couple left late in the evening for Greensboro, N.C.,where Captain Hunter is being processed for duty overseas.


THERESA - Alvaro J. Hunter, 60, Winter Park, Florida, native of Theresa and World War II fighter ace, died December 6, 1981 in Winter Park.

A memorial service was Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, Winter Park. Rev. Wayne Johnson and Chaplain Edwin Jones officiated. Burial with full military honors was at Arlington National Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, M. Jerry; two sons, Dr. John A. Hunter, Reading, PA, and David W. London, England; a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Nancy Suzanne) Vitunac, Vero Beach, Florida; a grandson, Charles Douglas Vitunac; his mother, Mrs. Lora Hunter Bragg, Plessis; three brothers, Jack W., Lakeland, Florida, Paul and Douglas, both of Plessis; a sister, Mrs. Hawley (Elizabeth) Delling, Jordan.

A brother, 2nd Lieut. Richard Hunter; was lost in action during World War II.

Born in Theresa on September 30, 1921, a son of the late Earl A. Hunter and Mrs. Lora Hunter Bragg, he was graduated from Alexandria Bay High School in 1938.

He entered the Air Force in 1940 as an enlisted man, receiving his commission three years later upon completion of flight school. Assigned to the Pacific theater during World War II, he flew184 combat missions, downing five enemy aircraft. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross, each with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He retired as lieutenant colonel and moved to Winter Park in 1959.

Mr. Hunter was a member of the United Methodist Church, Winter Park, the Retired Officers Association and the Fighters Aces Association.