1924 ~ 2017
Abel Hunsaker, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother
and friend, left his earthly home on August 9, 2017. He
survived a stroke and colon cancer, but after 20 years,
he succumbed to prostate cancer.
Dad was born November 24, 1924 in American Fork, Utah to
Meda E. Abel and Don L. Hunsaker.
Dad lived his entire life in American Fork except for the
11 years he lived as a boy on the family farm in Elwood,
Utah. During the depression, his father left his mother
and 6 siblings. He was a surrogate father to his siblings,
helping his mother throughout her life.
Dad joined the Army in 1942. He serviced in the 17th Airborne
Division 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment. When asked why
he joined the paratroopers, he replied, “They make
$50.00 more a month.” During WWII in January of 1945,
he was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and became
a POW. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart and POW medals.
On September 19, 1947, he married Elaine Loader in the
Logan Temple. They were blessed with three children, Tamara
(Steve) Nelson, Rachele ‘Shelley’ (Mark) Walker,
and Max Allen (Kristin) Hunsaker.
He attended Brigham Young University and graduated with
a BS Degree in marketing.
Dad worked his entire career in the auto industry. He began
working in 1949 at Paul L Harmon Auto that later became
Holley Auto. He started as a gas attendant, moving into
the parts department. He later became an accounting manager,
sales manager, and finally he was a general manager and
part owner of Holley Auto. He stayed at the same location
for almost 40 years.
Following his retirement from the auto industry, he moved
on to ‘bigger cars’, driving a bus for UTA for
another 12 years.
Dad loved the game of golf and played many times each week
for more than 40 years. He actually had one ‘Hole-in-one’.
Max served in two bishoprics and for many years as the
Stake Clerk in the Alpine Stake. He was also a faithful
On September 14, 1991, he married Christine Carroll and
adopted her two sons, Adam (Denise) Hunsaker and Andy (Jan)
Hunsaker. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Timpanogos
Temple in September of 2001.
He treasured his calling in the Hillcrest 1st Ward as the
Ward Indexing Director for 17 years. He loved the challenge
and the blessings of family history and the friendships
he developed as he helped people in his ward and stake.
He personally completed 567,499!
Max is survived by his five children, 13 grandchildren,
38 great grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 16 step-great
grandchildren, his sisters Dora Helsing and Romona (Karl)
Jones, and a brother Glen (Kaye) Hunsaker. He was preceded
in death by his wives, parents, two sisters, two brothers,
and one grandson, Noah.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday,
August 12, 2017 at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North
900 East, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends may call
from 9:00 to 9:45 am prior to the services at the funeral
home. Interment will be at the American Fork City Cemetery.