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May 5, 2005


Robert Anthony Hunolt, 80, of Destin, FL, formerly of Memphis, TN, died of cancer on April 16, 2005, at his sonís home in Memphis, TN.

He was born in Edina, MO, the son of Antony Francis and Gabriel Gangloff Hunolt.

He was sent to an orphanage at 15 months old after his mother died of tuberculosis. An aunt took his three sisters, but there was no room for him. After spending 12 years in the strict orphanage he was adopted by a farm family. He was rescued from that situation by his aunt.

At 16, a war movie convinced him he belonged in the military and he joined up in 1940. He was a veteran of World War II and saw combat in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. He took part in the invasion of Italy and Sicily, suffering shrapnel wounds in his arm and back during his five years in combat.

He later became a six-state sales representative for tall girls clothes based in Memphis, TN.

He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, Silver Battle Star, Distinguished Unit Badge, American Defense Service Ribbon and five Overseas Service Bars, and fourth degree in the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Virginia Derrick Hunolt; a daughter, Mary C. Hart of Memphis, TN; three sons, Joseph A. Hunolt of Destin, TN, and Robert G. Hunolt and John M. Hunolt, both of Memphis, TN; two sisters, Helen Knoles of Mount Vernon, MO and Christine Ahearn of Quincy, IL; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Mass was held April 19, 2005, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Memphis, TN, where he was a communicant for more than 46 years, with burial in Memorial Park.

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