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Jerry David Hunziker, 74, of Hurdland, Missouri died Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at the Knox County Nursing Home in Edina, Missouri.
Jerry was born on January 24, 1933, in Kirksville, Missouri, the son of Henry Herbert and Mabel Margaret Minter Hunziker.
He attended school in Knox City and Hurdland, Missouri before moving to Payson, Illinois where he graduated from Payson-Seymour High School in the Class of 1951. Jerry attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri before serving his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
On July 29, 1953, in Payson, Illinois, Jerry married Anna Mae Dingerson and they have celebrated almost 54 years.
Jerry attended the Hurdland United Methodist Church and the Edina Assembly of God Church. He was a member of the Missouri and International Flying Farmers Association, the American Angus Association for more than 54 years, and the Hurdland I.O.O.F. Cemetery Board.
Jerry enjoyed his flowers, farming and his Angus Cattle but most of all he enjoyed his grandchildren, great grandchildren and family.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Mae Hunziker of Hurdland, Missouri; three daughters, Debbie and her husband Kent Hagerla of Edina, Missouri, Keetha and her husband Rex Sykes of Hurdland, Missouri and Stacy Hunziker of Hurdland, Missouri; a sister, Marjorie Howe of Quincy, Illinois; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren, Kelby and his wife Becca Hagerla of Summerville, South Carolina, Devon Hagerla of Edina, Missouri, Charity and her husband Paul Chia and their daughter, Skyli of Stephenson Ranch, California, Pam Sykes and her son, Austin of Kirksville, Missouri, Tiffany and her husband Wes Blankenship and their children, Levi and Zoe of LaPlata, Missouri, and Addison, Hayden and Gracie May Hunziker all of Edina, Missouri; along with numerous nieces, nephew, cousins and a host of friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Aaron Hunziker in infancy and Kirby Hunziker in 1999, and two grandchildren, Jeremy Sykes in 2001 and Kalon Hunziker.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 26, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.
Military Graveside Honors were in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Hurdland, Missouri by Knox County American Legion and VFW Posts.
Pastor Dennis Smith and Reverend Robert Stevens officiated and music was provided by Susie Shobe and Devon Hagerla. Casket Bearers were Tony Snelling, Kevin Shanley, Jerry Plowman, Scott Dunaway, George Sparks, and Bob Norris and Honorary Casket Bearers were Larry Sykes, John Walsh, Arley Barker, Paul Hunter, Howard McPherson, Raymond Hall, Woodrow Sykes, Travis Boyter and Elzie Cogdill.
An expression of sympathy in memory of Jerry Hunziker may be left to the American Heart Association. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.