Hunter Collins Leake
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Hunter Collins Leake III of Fort Myers, FL passed away November 12, 2021 at the age of 84. Hunter was born May 8, 1937 in New Orleans, LA to Hunter Collins Leake II and Eleanor Shands Leake. He graduated from The New Orleans Academy (NOA,) Louisiana State University, and LSU School of Medicine. Later he earned a Masters degree in Human Development from the University of Kansas. He married Janet Callanen September 3, 1963 and together they raised two children, Erin and Hunter IV. After serving in the United States Navy as a flight surgeon, he completed his medical residency and joined the faculty of University of Kansas School of Medicine as an assistant professor of pediatrics. After a brief time in private practice in Louisiana they moved to Ft Myers where he practiced medicine at the Children's Centre until his retirement in 1999.
In retirement Hunter joined the Gulf Coast Writers Association, and enjoyed being part of a writer's critique group. He worked tirelessly to complete a memoir of his early life in New Orleans. He loved music, dancing and opera, and maintained a lifelong friendship with his fellow NOA cadets and enjoyed yearly reunions with them in New Orleans.
Hunter was a man of strong faith and a member of St Luke's Episcopal Church where he served as an acolyte, a lay eucharistic minister, and vestry member. He was part of the same weekly Bible study group for over 20 years.
Hunter was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Robert and James, and his niece Kristin. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janet, children Erin Castner (Ron,) and Hunter IV (Melinda,) grandchildren Gavin, Barrett, and Caroline, sister-in-law Sandy, and nephew Tim.
A service will be held Saturday November 27,2021 at 2:00 at St Luke's Episcopal Church 2635 Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers 33901. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Luke's Church. Condolences and memories can be left at www.nationalcremation.com.