Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Charles Hunt of Fair Haven died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Hilltop Care Center in Watkins. He was 85.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball with Fr. Thomas Olson as celebrant. Entombment will follow at St. Anne's Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Charles Edwin Hunt was born July 7, 1926, in Hutchinson to Carl and Stafney (Turner) Hunt. After completing the eighth grade, Charles joined his father on the farm until he enlisted in the Army in 1944. He served in the Korean War. After his discharge, Charles farmed, attended AG school, and played baseball.
Charles married Arlayne Elizabeth Marquardt Aug. 26, 1949, in Kimball. They established a home and farmed northwest of Kimball. In 1956, they moved to St. Nicholas to raise crops, cows and kids. In 1966, they purchased a farm outside of Fair Haven on Hunt Road; they lived there until March 2010.
In 1967, Charles started his career with C.S. McCrossan, Inc. He drove big "Yukes" dump trucks and performed other various jobs in and around the sand pits until a disabling accident in 1984.
Being very handy, Charles remodeled their farmhouse in Fair Haven, building the cabinets and doing the plumbing and electrical work himself. Throughout the years, he assisted in the building of at least six homes for his children. Charles enjoyed gardening, yard work, and woodworking. He and Arlayne joined talents creating many wooden characters and objects for the delight of their grandchildren. Charles built the items from her designs which were then painted by Arlayne. Card-playing was another favorite pasttime for the two of them, as long as he was winning. Charles loved jigsaw puzzles, word-finds, and brain-twister puzzles; he was able to master them all.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, son Richard, son-in-law David Nelson, daughter-in-law Lanette Hunt, and sisters Pearl Gaskill and Stephanie Markwardt.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Arlayne; sons Charles (and Laurie) Hunt, Michael Hunt, and James (and Lori) Hunt, all of South Haven; daughters Karen Nelson of The Villages, Fla., Charlayne (and Gary) Stumm of Maple Grove, Rebecca (and Rudy) Maurer of Good Thunder, Kathryn (and Kurt) Eisenbraun of South Haven, and Jacquelyn Sorenson of Osakis; daughter-in-law Maryln Hunt of South Haven; step-sister Fern Hesse of Tallahassee, Fla.; 28 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made in Charles' memory to the cancer or Alzheimer's charity of the donor's choice. Pallbearers will be Mike Stumm, Rudy Maurer, David Hunt, Chris Hunt, Jeff Hunt, and Preston Fischer. Honorary pallbearers will be Chuck Hunt, Karl Hunt, Cameron Hunt, and Jesse Sorensen. The St. Anne's Choir will provide music for the service.