Rev. Paul R. Hunteman, 92

Posted on April 22, 2014

The Hunteman family celebrated a bittersweet Easter this year. Rev. Paul R. Hunteman, suffered a massive stroke and passed away peacefully on Saturday evening surrounded by his loving family.  In his son’s Easter message, he said, “1922 was Dad’s first Easter. 2014 was his greatest!”
Paul, an enthusiastic evangelist, devoted his life to serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He greeted everyone with a smile, often a hug and one question, “What church do you attend?” If they did not attend church, he lovingly invited them to worship.  His parting comment was usually, “Keep smiling and lookin’ up at Jesus!”
During his ministry, Paul served the following Lutheran congregations: St. Paul’s, Frankfort, Ind.; Second English, Richmond, Ind.; Our Saviour, Princeton, Ind.; St. Mark’s, Uniondale, Ind.; St. Paul’s, Bluffton, Ind.; St. Matthew’s, Paducah, Ky.; and Eberhard, Columbia City, Ind.. Although Paul retired in 1984, his ministry continued until April 19, 2014.
Paul is survived by his sweetheart of 68 years, Mabel Alice Fruchtnicht-Hunteman; a son, Rev. Paul Barry (Kay) Hunteman of The Villages, Fla.; six daughters, Linda (Mark) Pillar of Columbus, Ind., Jane (Tim) Kunkel of Bluffton, Ind., Christine (Dan) Hunt of Craigville, Ind., Karen (Tim) Krinn of Uniondale, Ind., Mary (Mike) Blair of Bluffton, Ind., and Lisa Sweet of Ossian, Ind.; and 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis; a daughter, Vickie; and a grandson, Chase.
Calling hours are noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home and one hour prior to the funeral service.  A service celebrating Paul’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Uniondale, Ind. Burial will be at the Horeb Cemetery in Uniondale.
Preferred memorials are to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Uniondale, Ind., or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bluffton, Ind. Friends can send online condolences to the family at www.thomarich.com.

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