Obituary: Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter



U.S. Army Sergeant Jonathon Michael Hunter, 23, of Columbus, was killed in action while serving his country, Wednesday, August 2, 2017, in Afghanistan.

He was born in Columbus, October 25, 1993.

SGT Hunter enlisted in the U.S. Army April 8, 2014.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.

SGT Hunter received the following military awards: Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Basic Combat and skills Badge, Basic Marksmanship, Qualification Badge (Expert), German Parachutist Badge (Bronze) and Overseas service bar.

Awards he received posthumous: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal x2, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, NATO Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge.

Survivors include his parents, Kimberly and Brian Thompson of Brown County and Mark C. Hunter of Columbus; and SGT Hunter’s wife, Whitney Michelle Hunter of Fayetteville, NC.; a brother, Marcus (Chelsi) Hunter of Indianapolis; sisters, Lindsey (Andy) England and Kelsey Thompson, both of Columbus; grandparents, Jack and Linda Gilbert of Lewis, IN, Keith and Beulah Thompson of Columbus and Theola Hunter of Columbus; a niece, Bailey England; nephew, Jordan Burton; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends.

A funeral service honoring SGT Hunter’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Columbus East High School Gymnasium with the Indiana Army National Guard Chaplain officiating.

Full Military Honors will be presented by the Indiana Army National Guard Honor Guard.

Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. to time of service at Columbus East High School Gymnasium.

Private inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of SGT Hunter may be made to the Bartholomew County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1088, Columbus, IN 47202 or the Brown County Humane Society, 128 South State Road 135, Nashville, IN 47448.

Online condolences and special memories may be shared with SGT Hunter’s family and a video tribute may be viewed at

SGT Hunter was preceded in death by his grandfather, Kenneth Wilbur Hunter; and cousins, Logan and Bradley Thompson.

Arrangements were entrusted to Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.