GREGORY W. HUNOLT

Gregory W. Hunolt of Plymouth, age 72, passed away unexpectedly December 2, 2015 at the Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

Greg was born February 18, 1943 in Chicago, the first of three sons of Glenn and Elaine (Rogers) Hunolt. He grew up in the Chicago and St. Louis suburbs, developing an early interest in science and space travel. He earned a degree in meteorology at St. Louis University, and took graduate courses there as well.

During his career, he worked for the Navy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and finally the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the Washington, D.C. area. Although usually not an enthusiastic traveler, Greg enjoyed overseas trips during his NASA career to work with his space agency counterparts in cities including London, Rome, Munich and Tokyo.

It was while working in Washington, D.C. that he met his wife, Jean Ann Blanke, who he married in 1983 After he retired, he and Jean Ann moved back to her beloved family home in Plymouth.

Greg was a man of many interests who believed he never could be bored in retirement. He read widely in history, philosophy, religion and, of course, science fiction.

He was an avid collector and researcher of antique radios, particularly tube radios from the 1920s. He was past president of the Wisconsin Antique Radio Club, and was active in similar radio clubs in Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, and Maryland. He was the editor of the Wisconsin Antique Radio Club newsletter and contributed articles, both scholarly and light-hearted, to radio journals across the country. He is the author of the Battery Set Compendium, which is a valued resource for radio collectors and researchers of antique radios.

Greg loved music of many types, ranging from classical to bluegrass to jazz. He was a great fan of cats, even though he was profoundly allergic to them.

Over the past several years, Greg was bothered increasingly by rheumatoid arthritis, but was positive and uncomplaining, determined to live life to the fullest. He was active with a full schedule until the day of his death.

Greg is survived by his wife, Jean Ann, of Plymouth, and his two brothers, Philip and Jon, who live out of state. He is further survived by sisters and brothersin law Peggy and Jay Ellis of Plymouth, and Julie and Don Gonzo of Port Washington. He also is survived by his great friend and antique radio colleague Dale (Chris) Boyce of Milwaukee, and nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Following Greg’s wishes, he has been cremated. Friends and relatives are invited to gather at the Suchon Funeral Home, 1317 State Road 67, Plymouth, on Friday, December 11, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. with a special time to share memories at 7:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, friends may want to make a contribution in Greg’s name to one of his favorite organizations: Sheboygan Symphony, 830 N. 8th St., Sheboygan, WI 53081; the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, 3517 Raleigh Ave., St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416; National Capital Radio & Television Museum, PO Box 1809, Bowie, Maryland 20717; the Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan, 53081; or the Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization, PO Box 73, Sheboygan 53082.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com


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