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James (Jim) Hungerford

August 17, 2018

James HungerfordJames (Jim) Hungerford, age 94, of Hobe Sound, FL and Clayton, NY passed away on Friday morning, August 17, 2018. Jim was born on January 26,1924 to Stanley and Genora Hungerford in Clayton, NY.

Jim graduated from the Clayton Central School in 1941. He attended Clarkson University leaving to enlist in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After the war he graduated from Cornell University. Jim received his commission as an Ensign from the Northwestern University Midshipman School in Chicago, IL in 1944 and was married the same day to his high school sweetheart, Helen Leavery.

He attended the Tactical Radar School in Hollywood, FL and was assigned to duty aboard USS Woodford AKA 86. His ship proceeded to the Pacific. Leaving Pearl Harbor his ship was at the Marianas, the Philippines and took part in the Battle of Okinawa.

After WWII Jim joined the Naval Reserves and in 1950 he was recalled to active duty for the Korean War. He served aboard the USS Calvert APA 32 and the USS Rankin AKA 103 both in Korean waters. He returned to the reserves after the war and later became the Commanding Officer of the Watertown Naval Reserve Division 3-102. He retired from the Navy after 26 years of service with the rank of Commander.

He received the following military awards: American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with two battle stars, WWII Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Medal, with Asia clasp, China Service Medal, National Defense Service Metal, Korean Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Navy Reserve Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. He was awarded the Combat Action ribbon for his service not only in WWII but also in the Korean War. In addition he was awarded the following foreign awards: Philippine Liberation Medal and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Medal.

In 1954 Jim became the third generation to own and operate Hungerford Hardware in Clayton, NY. This business was founded by his grandfather in 1888. Jim retired in 1975 when his son, Peter, purchased the business.

Jim is a past president and former member of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, past president, charter member and former member of the Clayton Lions Club, former member of Clayton Lodge No. 296, F and AM, member of Post 821 American Legion in Clayton, life member of the Association of the U.S. Navy, member of the Navy Retired Reserve, member of the Eaglewood (Hobe Sound, FL) Homeowners Association and the Eaglewood Men's Golf Association.

His interests in life were family, hunting, fishing, boating and golf. Later in life he and his wife, Helen, enjoyed travel with many trips worldwide.

Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife, Helen, in 2013 and a brother Stanley. He is survived by his sons and their wives: James (Sylvia), David (Lynda), Peter (Karen) and a sister Lois Jean MacFarlane, six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and others.

His funeral service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church on Saturday September 1, 2018 at 11:00 am with The Rev. Lisa J. Busby, rector, presiding. Burial with military honors will be in Clayton Cemetery. There are no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

In lieu of flowers, Jim's family requests donations in his name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7 East Syracuse, New York 13057. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#15 Jay Cunningham 2018-09-23 09:41
I've enjoyed reading the comments about Uncle Jim!
Summer's in Clayton with my mother's side of the family - Hungerfords, Potters, Willcox and Willseys - will remain with me forever. We always looked forward to our trips there! Early this year I called Jim to fill him in on the news in our family. He sounded good. He had a full life and a wonderful loving family!
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#14 Jodie W Heimgartner 2018-09-21 13:10
Jim, David and Peter,

The picture of Uncle Jim is exactly as I remember him – handsome, confident, cool, fun loving and with a twinkle in his eye. Our 1000 Island summers with the Hungerfords were so special and memorable. They were times for just being a kid in a vacation paradise surrounded by family, nature, countless games and activities, laughter, friendship and love. Of course, this was only made possible by the generosity of the ultimate hosts, Uncle Jim and Aunt Helen. How blessed you boys were to have them as parents and how lucky we were to be in all of your lives for a couple of weeks each summer.

Hoping you and your families find comfort in the sweet memories of your parents, solace in the abundance of love that surrounds you and peace in knowing you carry their loving hearts with you always.
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#13 Dena Leavery Meanor 2018-09-02 13:43
I am very saddened by Uncle Jim’s passing. I wish I could have been with you at this time to share our memories of your parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am so very proud to call him “Uncle!”
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#12 Craig/Karen Kessler 2018-08-31 10:40
Dave, Lynda and Davie:
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you on Saturday for what I am sure will be a very meaningful celebration of your Dad's remarkable life. We are sorry we cannot be there with you. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Craig & Karen
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#11 Austin kelly 2018-08-28 17:55
My thoughts and prayers go to Jim’s family. 94 years of a wonderful life to celebrate. He was, is, and always will be surrounded by a loving family.
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#10 Rob Grant 2018-08-25 19:31
Jim was a great guy. We’ll remember him fondly.
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#9 Dave Harrington 2018-08-24 18:00
The Harrington Family wants to wish Pete and his family our sincere thoughts and prayers for your loss of a very great man. I have many super memories of him, the store and many ping pong games upstairs at the house. Jim was a true American and loved his Family.
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#8 arthur toy 2018-08-22 21:57
We were deeply saddened when we heard of Uncle Jim's passing. We have very fond memories of him and he will be sorely missed. He was an extended part of our family and had always looked out for our mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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#7 Sue-lin Toy Chao 2018-08-22 11:18
Uncle Jim was such a gentle, caring, and warm person. Our family (Nunu, Liane, Arthur, and me) have such wonderful memories of spending our summers in Clayton while growing up and seeing/visiting Uncle Jim. Our thoughts and deepest condolences to the Hungerford family.
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#6 Pat and Pete Ledoux 2018-08-22 09:01
Pete, Karen, Adam, Genora,
So sorry to learn of your Dad, Grandpa's passing. We remember him as a gentle soul and kind to all.
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