Ione Arlene Hunt, 89

Ione Arlene Hunt passed on to Heaven Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Swartz Creek Courtyard Manor Nursing Home. She was left with a loving sendoff by her six children and caretakers. 

Ione was born Aug. 13, 1929, in Cheboygan, the daughter of Maurice and Verna (Vincent) Deering. She was married to James F. Hunt Sr. in April 1946, at Allegan Methodist Church.

She enjoyed growing flowers, daily walks (including the Mackinac Bridge Walk in 2003 with her daughter Vicki), crossword puzzles and was an avid reader.

Ione is survived by her sister Maurine (Deering) Ockert; six children, James F. (Debbie) Hunt Jr., Vicki Hunt, Janet Tilley, Susan (Jon) Keldsen, Brian (Debbie) Hunt and Timothy (Ruth) Hunt; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother Maurice “Sonny” Deering; sister-in-law Margie Deering; and brother-in-law Bernard Ockert.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Allegan United Methodist Church. A funeral service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor Robert Lynch officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice; 530 Linn St., Allegan, MI 49010; or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; 4595 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Suite 230, Kentwood, MI 49512. 

Assisting the Hunt family with arrangements is Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel,


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