Ad Executive's Life Revolved around Family; Gene Hunt Rarely Discussed His Service during World War II. but on the Occasions When He Did, He Told His Children: "If You Ever Get a Choice of Being Smart, Fast, Brave or Lucky, Pick Lucky." [Derived Headline]

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Ad Executive's Life Revolved around Family; Gene Hunt Rarely Discussed His Service during World War II. but on the Occasions When He Did, He Told His Children: "If You Ever Get a Choice of Being Smart, Fast, Brave or Lucky, Pick Lucky." [Derived Headline]


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Gene Hunt rarely discussed his service during World War II. But on the occasions when he did, he told his children: "If you ever get a choice of being smart, fast, brave or lucky, pick lucky."

Many would say he chose well.

Mr. Hunt made it through three years in the Army, including fierce fighting at the Battle of the Bulge and in the forests of northern France.

He later married, had 11 children and a career as an advertising executive and business owner.

Eugene Francis "Gene" Hunt of Cranberry died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. He was 93.

"Us siblings, we've talked about how a few inches this way or that way and none of us would be here," said Gary Hunt, one of his sons. "He had other close calls during the war."

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1922, Mr. Hunt was drafted in 1942 and served through the end of the war, earning the rank of corporal.

His wife, Virginia, grew up in Brooklyn, but they didn't meet until after the war, Gary Hunt said.

The couple married in 1947 and celebrated their 68th anniversary earlier this year.

When the war ended, Mr. Hunt enrolled in the University of Notre Dame through the G.I. Bill and earned a bachelor's degree.

Mr. Hunt forged a successful career, working in advertising copywriting. He moved his family to Pittsburgh in the mid-1950s to accept a job at Ketchum, MacLeod & Grove, and eventually became a senior executive with the firm. Mr. Hunt started a business writing creative copy, informational books and technical materials. …

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