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 www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.