Frank E. Hunt

Frank E. Hunt

December 16, 1946- November 5, 2023

Frank Edward Hunt was born on December 16, 1946, to Ken and Frances Hunt. Frank was the oldest of five children. He grew up a proud South Omaha boy and graduated from Holy Name High School in 1965. He enrolled in the Marines after graduation and served from September 1965 to August 1969.  During that time, he served in the Vietnam War as a member of the Medivac team moving the wounded from the battlefield.  He earned several medals and awards.

After leaving the Marines, he moved back to Omaha.  It was then he met and fell in love with Debbie (LaPuzza) Hunt.  They were married on August 31, 1974.  He attended trade school to become a plumber and worked hard for the railroad and Plumbers Union 16. He worked for 38 years before he retired in 2008.  During that time, he was blessed with three amazing daughters Kara, Kim, and Jenny, to whom he was fully devoted.  He coached each of them in basketball, soccer, and softball.  If the girls were going with him, it was probably to a sporting event. The girls attended St. Geralds and then Ralston High School. Kara and Kim both graduated from UNO and Jenny graduated from Creighton University.

Starting in 2000, Frank was also blessed with four grandkids:  Drew and Josh D’Ercole and Luke and Kloe Bennett. They were definitely his pride and joy. He loved them more than anything and enjoyed watching them participate in multiple sports.  They will tremendously miss seeing him at all their athletic events and talking/texting about games.

Frank’s greatest title besides being a husband, dad, and grandpa was coach. Coaching was a major part of his life, and he impacted many successful athletes since 1970. He was able to coach his grandkids and most recently helped Jenny coach Kloe’s softball team. He will definitely be missed at practices and games.  Frank also was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, Creighton basketball and softball and Nebraska football and volleyball teams.

After a short battle with cancer, Frank peacefully left this world on November 5th. His family was by his side every step of the way.   Frank was so loved and will be greatly missed!

Frank Hunt, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother was preceded in death by his parents, Ken and Frances Hunt; sister, Pat Kielion; brother, Jim Hunt. He is survived by his treasured wife of 49 years, Deb Hunt; daughters: Kara D’Ercole (Mike), Kim Hunt, Jenny Bennett (Nick); cherished grandchildren: Drew and Josh D’Ercole, Luke and Kloe Bennett; brother, Joe Hunt (Joni); sister, Karm Huss; many nieces and nephews.

VISITATION: Sunday, November 12, 2023, 3 to 5 p.m. at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W Center Rd. VIGIL SERVICE: at 5 p.m. FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, November 13, 2023, 11:30 a.m., at the West Center Chapel, followed by INTERMENT: 2:30 p.m., Omaha National Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family. To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.



  • Joe Pane Posted November 8, 2023 1:53 pm

    A great all around sportsman, Frank enjoyed, played coached and taught so many young people over the years. And he taught them the right way. Had a nice visit with him at a youth basketball tournament I was refereeing he was there to support someone he had coached. That speaks to the man he was. RIP Frank.

  • Scott and Cheryl Webert Posted November 8, 2023 6:50 pm

    Sending prayers to the families!!

  • Michael Quint Posted November 9, 2023 6:57 am

    Frank gave his time, knowledge and support to many young men back in the late sixties and early seventies at Our Lady of Lourdes. He served as a role model coaching us in basketball, baseball and life. I remember him as a strong leader and a good man. He used to transport our entire basketball team to practice in his Chevy convertible. As one of the many who benefited from his efforts I will always remember his positive impact on our lives. Thank you Frank!

  • Bill Latka Posted November 9, 2023 1:36 pm

    Frank was my first basketball coach at Our Lady of Lourdes in 1970-72. He was a great guy who had a significant impact in my life. Frank served his country and then gave back to the OLL community as a coach. How he put up with all our nonsense I’ll never understand. He was one of the good ones…..I’ll never forget him.

  • Pamela Fuehrer Posted November 10, 2023 8:50 am

    Jenny, so sorry for your loss. May your memories comfort you. Pam Fuehrer

  • chrisitne shank Posted November 10, 2023 11:41 am

    You are all in my thoughts. Thinking of Frank gone in softball in Omaha is such a huge loss. He was a great friend and fellow fan of Creighton softball. He was a great grandfather to all his kids. He will be missed.

  • Shirley Kawula Posted November 10, 2023 7:22 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Truly a great man and will be missed. Thinking of you all sending hugs and prayers.

  • Molly Fearday Posted November 17, 2023 1:16 pm

    Kim and Jenny I’m so sorry for you loss!! Some of the best memories were going to soccer practice in the pick up truck and practicing soccer! He always had a smile on his face and started the Nick name Moe and still sticks today!! Hugs

  • Martin Gomez Posted November 20, 2023 12:13 pm

    Sorry for your loss! I just heard about his passing and he was a good friend and a great person! He will be missed! Martin Gomez

  • Nancy Salisbury Posted November 29, 2023 8:13 pm

    I was so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Frank always loved to give me a hard time and I loved every minute of it. The picture from your wedding seems like yesterday.

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