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Hunsinger remembered as 'rare find'

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Planning director dies after lengthy illness

By Kelly Cantrall

Colleagues of Chris Hunsinger say his abilities and, most of all, his pleasant demeanor will be greatly missed in Hardin County government

Hunsinger, longtime planning director for Hardin County, died Thursday at University Hospital in Louisville after a lengthy illness. Hunsinger, 57, was planning director for 32 years and is remembered as an affable man who was well-suited to his job.

Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry said Hunsinger was integral to the operations of the county.

“Obviously it’s a blow to county government,” Berry said.

Berry described Hunsinger as a “rare find” who could effectively deal with people on both sides of a planning issue.

“He had that ability to see both points of view,” he said. He always was calm and thoughtful and helped bring disputes to an end.

Wesley Wright is serving as acting planning director and was deputy planning director under Hunsinger. Wright said Hunsinger was an example of professionalism and had a clear, effective way of speaking. Wright enjoyed his 13 years with him.

“He had this smile about him, it’s really sticking with me, I think,” he said.

Murray Wanner, Radcliff planning director, said local planning officials looked up to Hunsinger.

“Chris had a lot of great ideas. He was very creative,” Wanner said. He often worked to implement modern planning practices within county regulations, Wanner said.

Vicki Meredith, a Hardin County engineer, said Hunsinger cared deeply about the county. She also mentioned his granddaughter, Teagan Kathleen Bratta, who was the “light of his life,” she said.

“Everybody who talks about him says the same thing: He was a fine man,” Meredith said.

Hunsinger’s funeral is 5 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial United Methodist Church. Visitation is 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and his daughter, Anna Bratta.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.