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James Carl Hunsicker

James Carl Hunsicker, 57, director of operations and maintenance for MatSu schools, died Aug. 30 at the Valley Hospital in Palmer. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Wasilla Stake Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, on Bogard Road with the Bishop Merelyn Shreeve officiating. A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the church.

Mr. Hunsicker was born May 28, 1931, in Arbor, N.J. He moved to Alaska in 1969, and lived in Willow the past 10 years. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1972 as a chief master sergeant after 21 years of service with the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron. Mr. Hunsicker then worked as a civilian employee in Galena for a short while before working as facility plant manager at Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital. In 1979 he went to work for the Matanuska Susitna Borough School District as director of operations and maintenance. He was also the MatSu Valley agent for Fred's Bail Bonding.

Mr. Hunsicker was an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where he was active in the primary organization. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, and for the past 20 years he was active with the Boy Scouts of America cubbing program. He was active in the Willow Area Civil Organization and was a member of the Ancient Scottish Rite of Masons and the Paws and Laws Square Dance Club.

He leaves his wife, Patricia, of Willow; his son, Carl, of Kansas City, Mo.; his daughters, Gretchen Glick, of Anchorage, Richelle and Michelle, of Willow, and Deanna Schachle, of Big Lake; his brothers, George, of New Jersey, and Lloyd, in the Lower 48.

A private graveside service with full military honors will be held next week at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Pallbearers will include James Tracy, Guy Derry, Jeff Wadman, Forrest Richey, Neal Sullivan, Bev Morris, Alan Cook and Robb Schachle. Memorials may be sent to the Bear Paw District of the Western Alaska Boy Scout Council. Service arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

Source:  Anchorage Daily News, September 1988



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