Joseph Earl Hunt

December 5, 1961 - December 20, 2017

Joseph “Joe” Earl Hunt, 56, of Batavia, IL. formerly of Columbus, OH. Passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in Oak Lawn, IL.  Joe was born December 5, 1961 in Charlestown, WV the son of Frederick E. and Virginia A. (nee. Rohr) Hunt.  He was united in marriage to Cynthia Girard on June 11, 1994 in Columbus, OH.

Joe Graduated from Thomas Worthington High School in 1980.  He then went to Findlay University in Findlay Ohio.  Joe joined the Theta Chi fraternity.  During his time at Findlay University he blossomed into the person most of us know today.  Joe found himself on the tennis team even though he had never played competitively before - he only won one game during his time on the team, but enjoyed every minute!  After graduating from college Joe went to work for Ashland Chemical for several years before being hired by Palmer Holland and moving to Pittsburgh, PA.  In 1994 Joe married his long time friend Cyndi.  The next stop for Joe and Cyndi was Brighton, MI.  While they lived in Brighton both boys, Jay (1998) and Brenden (2001) were born.  Joe and Cyndi loved living in Michigan except when Michigan or Michigan State beat Ohio State!In 2007 the family was transferred to Illinois when Joe was promoted to Regional Sales Manager.  They settled on the Fox Valley area and moved into Mill Creek.  Joe loved the small town atmosphere that surrounds Batavia and the way the community makes football games a social event.Joe was a huge sports fan.  When he was young he played baseball and ran track.  He enjoyed watching most sports but baseball, football, basketball and of course track were his favorites. More than anything Joe loved his family.  He was a proud father to Jay and Brenden and he and Cyndi were best friends.   His infectious spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 23 years Cyndi, two sons; Jay and Brenden Hunt, one sister; Judi Pence.He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Sally Hunt.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL. 60510.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday December 29, 2017 also at the funeral Home.  Interment will be private.In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity.

For additional information please contact Moss Family Funeral Home at (630) 879-7900 or 



Guest Book

  • Charles Buschert My deepest condolences to the family on Joe's passing. He left us far too soon. I had the opportunity to work with Joe for many years. Will remember him for his positive attitude and enthusiasm. Joe always had a can-do attitude which was very refreshing. He loved people and valued the many business connections that he developed. You always felt energized and upbeat after a conversation with Joe. We we talked the family often came up and I know he was a devoted father and husband. Again, my thoughts and prayers to the family in this difficult time. We will all miss Joe.
  • MaryJo Faber The world lost a beautiful soul on December 20th and much too soon. I would hear Joe before actually seeing him when he visited the office! Oh and how he would put a smile on my face when I would here that voice and I would anxiously await for him to appear at my desk! He loved his bride and was so proud of his boys! His positive upbeat attitude was infectious! I will miss him dearly. Many prayers and blessings for Cyndi, Jay and Brenden during this very difficult time.
  • Jenny Erbs Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your friend, husband, and father. Joe was part of our Palmer family and he will be deeply missed.
  • Mark Riemann Joe was one of a kind. There was not a prouder father. His empathy for others was one of his greatest gifts. Joe has left us and it seems surreal as we go through the motions, yet in my sadness, I find that I smile as I remember all that he left us. He always found something positive to say especially at times when it was difficult to see the positive side. He made a point of making a connection with everyone he knew. When visiting the office, it took the better part of the morning for him to just make his rounds as he stopped at each desk to say something personal. At work Joe was creative and resourceful. He was a pioneer for our company, opening new territories. I remember when Cyndi and Joe moved to Brighton when Joe opened the Michigan office. It was difficult to convince suppliers to come our way. We just didn’t have much to sell. With Joe’s positive attitude, perseverance and persistence, he built a customer list. As we travelled together we would laugh about making something from nothing. We called it making stone soup (although Joe changed it to “Rock Soup” somewhere along the journey). He had the customers ready to buy something, before we had anything to sell! I learned a lot from Joe some of which I didn’t realize until now. You couldn’t ask for more in a business partner and friend. I am so thankful I knew Joe Hunt.
  • Dan Velkovich I knew Joe for over 20 years. I will always remember him for his upbeat personality. We met through business, but I always considered him my friend. I will miss our conversations about the Big 10 and our political discussions over a beer. Our prayers go out to Cyndi, Jay, and Brenden. Joe will be missed.
  • Hilary Schuerger Joe will always be remembered for his smiling eyes, kind heart, and empathetic nature. He always asked me about my family when he was in the office, and we often shared stories about our children. We also shared a love of using multiple exclamation points to end a sentence!!! Joe, you will be missed greatly. Prayers for love and comfort to Cyndi, Jay, and Brenden.
  • Tom Lester Joe, How I'll miss his smile and the constant gleam in his eyes. Joe once said he hoped to be remembered as Honest, Hardworking, Empathetic, Humble, & Fair. And that he was and more. One more attribute I'd like to add. Joe was a "Gentleman". That is the highest accolade a man can earn. It is not given. Thanks for being in my life. RIP Joe.
  • Jim Rattigan Our deepest sympathy to Joe's family from the Rattigan family. I, like many at Palmer Holland, was gifted to have Joe in my life. During this incredibly sad time, when you search for answers and mourn his passing, I try to focus on the incredibly positive influence Joe had on my life. If we could lift the sorrow and pain, we would all pitch in to take it away. His positive energy and vibe were so deep, so ingrained, it is impossible to take away the loss. Please know the incredible gift your family shared with all of us. Peace to Joe's family in the coming days and thank you Joe, you will always remain one of the truly great people I have had the privilege to celebrate in my life.
  • Jane Osborn I always enjoyed how Joe would ask if he could brag about his boys and man was he proud! We are all going to miss that great big smile here at Palmer Holland.
  • Tim Hilborn Thoughts and prayers to the family of a human being that made a positive difference while on this earth. Joe was one of the most positive and energetic personalities I have encountered. OX "81'
  • Sally Schwarz All of our hearts ache and smile at the same time. Joe I’m grateful that we walked on earth together - I’ll see you again my friend.
  • Tom Poe I worked with Joe Earl for 15 years at Palmer and continued to spend time with him at the Palmer sales meetings every year in W. Va after I "retired" in 2010. Joe was a good friend, always ready with a smile or a joke or word of encouragement. We laughed long hours about Palmer war stories or just poking fun at each other. Joe's life, all too brief, though was a life well lived. He dearly loved his wife and children and spoke of them often. He was a true family man that I loved and respected. Joe was a man of honesty and character as well. He and I shared many private moments of conversation that always stayed between us and we knew it stayed between us. I already miss him dearly and wept after I got the call. I will be flying to Chicago on Thursday to say goodbye to my friend until we meet one another again in that house, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Love you Joe.
  • Alison Hite Joe was a light in so many lives and will be sincerely missed. My heart goes out to his family-Cyndi, Jay, and Brenden. May you find peace in the eternal light he will shine down on you, knowing he is with you always. Joe will be forever missed at Palmer Holland. We send our strength and love during this difficult time.
  • Katie Ritondaro I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was such an amazing man and he loved his family so much. He would light up when he talked about the boys, and you could tell that he adored Mrs. Hunt! Thoughts and prayers to your family.
  • Laura Wolters My deepest condolences to Cyndi, Jay and Brenden during this tragic time. Praying for strength and peace in the days and months ahead. Joe will be missed immensely. We all lost a legend a week ago both as a friend and team member.
  • Mark and Toni Watkins Cyndi, Jay and Brenden, We are very shocked and saddened to hear of Joe's passing. He was such a happy, and lively person who always brightened our day. We are miles apart but please know we are here if you should ever need anything. You and Joe were a very big, special part of our lives. Thoughts and prayers and love to all of you. Love Mark and Toni
  • Jeri & Brian O’Kane Cyndi- We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs to all.
  • Jean Anderson Cindi, Jay, and Brenden, I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. Our prayers go out to all of you. Joe always had that smile, positive outlook, and brought cheer to the entire room.
  • David R. Hinds Cindi, Jay, Brenden, and Judi, We are stunned and heartbroken with Joe’s passing. Please know that the Theta Chi Fraternity Brotherhood are holding all of you close as you cope with this horrible transition. We are supporting and loving all of you.
  • Wendy Woods Thoughts and prayers for the entire family. I enjoyed working with Joe throughout the years. Such a great person. He will be greatly missed.
  • Mary Minister My sympathy and prayers to Joe’s family. I so enjoyed getting to know Judi’s little brother.
  • Tammy Bias My thoughts and prayers to the family! Joe’s smile would light up any room he walked into. I will miss working with him and hearing his stories! May he Rest In Peace.