(DELTA) William Ferdinand "Bill" Hunteman Jr. died on Oct.1, 2020. He passed after a brief fight with COVID. He was 83 years old.

He was born and grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., graduating from Andrew Jackson High School. After high school, he attended Marion Institute, achieving his associate's degree. He achieved a baccalaureate and master's degrees from Rollins College in Florida.

A licensed amateur radio operator since age 15, Bill (W4FFZ) participated in the hobby and operated up until he entered Lineville Nursing Home - 66 years of operating.

He joined the U.S. Army, working on the Nike Hercules Missile system as an instructor. In 1962 after discharge from the U.S. Army, he went to work for Chrysler aerospace, working on the Jupiter IRBM as an instructor at Redstone Arsenal, teaching NATO troops in its operation and maintenance.

In 1964, he was transferred to Kennedy Space Center to work on the Apollo/Saturn space program, at first working on high-pressure gas systems for the Apollo Spacecraft. One of his duties was in the command module white room assisting in getting the astronauts' systems ready for launch. After Apollo 11, he went to work in the private sector.

After 45 years as a government contractor, he began one of his proudest achievements - starting a company with his son, Randy, and Randy's wife, Amber. He enjoyed working with his son and daughter-in-law.

He is survived by his son, William "Randy" Hunteman; daughter-in-law, Amber Hunteman; daughter Jennifer; five grandchildren, Heather, William, Kelyn, Kian and Matthew; and stepchildren, Tommy, Kathy, Kristy and Billy. He was preceded in death by his mother, Bessie Alvina Anderson of Troy, and father, William Ferdinand Hunteman Sr., a native of Bremerhaven, Germany.

He was known by many and will be missed by all who had the honor of knowing him.

In lieu of flowers or donations for the family, and in keeping with Bill's love of animals, please make a memorial donation to the Clay or Randolph County animal shelters or to your favorite animal charity.

There will be a memorial service in November, date TBD. Contact his son, Bill Hunteman, at fcc.hunteman.USN.retired@getoso.com for information on when and where the service will be held.