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Jay Richard (Dick) Hunter

Jay Richard (Dick) Hunter

Sep 14, 2015 - Sep 14, 2015
Jay Richard (Dick) Hunter passed away peacefully in the early evening of September 9, 2015, at the Help for Health Hospice in Riverton, Wyoming, from complications associated with the Parkinson’s disease.

A funeral service will be held on September 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the LDS Stake Center, on the corner of Elizabeth and Fourth Streets, in Riverton, Wyoming. Family visitation will be from 9:00-9:45 a.m. that morning.

A family graveside service will be conducted later that afternoon.

Born to Erwin W. and Gertrude Smith Hunter on April 27, 1937 in Durango, CO, Dick grew up in Westminster, CO for the first 13 years of his life with his parents and his brother Robert E. (Bob) Hunter. After his parent’s divorce, he moved to Eugene, OR with his mother and brother, where he completed high school and gained additional certification in electronics.

In 1955, shortly after graduating from high school, he and his Dad became Ham Radio operators and received their call letters W7BKH (Dick) and Erwin (W7BKI). They both enjoyed this association for many years.

He met his wife Donna Ann Nicholas in Eugene, OR and they were married on December 7, 1957. Their marriage was solemnized in the LDS Idaho Falls Temple on December 4, 1982.

They moved from Eugene OR to Riverton, WY on Memorial Day weekend 1959, where Dick joined his father in the office machine business, “Hunter the Typewriter Man” (later taking renamed Hunter’s Office Machines). He loved working with all of his customers from across the state and was known for being a quiet, honest guy who could make a deal on a simple handshake and his word.

Dick belonged to the Kiwanis Club for many years and served in many capacities including President and Secretary. He loved the outdoors and the Wind River Mountain range. He was a fisherman, hunter, and enjoyed camping with his family. Previous to and in the early stages of Parkinson’s, he loved to walk.

He and wife were active members of the Meadow Lark Good Sam’s club where they both served in various positions. He loved his associations with friends, both old and new, from throughout the state who shared his love for the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Donna Hunter; his 5 children, Keith (Lauri) Hunter, Cindy (David) Speters, Anne (Robert) LaRochelle, Bryce (Annalece) Hunter and Nick Hunter; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren (with 2 more expected in December); as well as his brother Robert E Hunter of Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-parents, and an infant granddaughter.