Clifford M Hunt, longtime resident of Estherville, and Bella Vista, Ark., passed away on May 26, 2013, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Ark., at the age of 88.
Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Bella Vista on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 10 a.m. Visitation and rosary will be held from 9:15 to 10 a.m. prior to mass.
Clifford Hunt, the son of Robert Bruce Hunt I and Pearl (Sawyer) Hunt, was born Dec. 5, 1924, in Jackson, Minn. His childhood years were spent on the family farm and in Jackson's schools where he received his education. Following high school graduation in 1942, he enlisted and served in the US Navy during WWII. He was proud and honored to be able to serve his country where he was stationed at Pearl Harbor. After his honorable discharge of service with the Navy he enrolled at Iowa State University, Ames, and participated in U.S. Navy Reserves. In May, 2012 as a remembrance to honor his Navy service, "Gampy", as known by his grandchildren and many others, was most fortunate to go on the Veteran's Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. accompanied by his grandsons, Bryce Barnes and Eric Rosburg.
Clifford M Hunt
Cliff married Cleova Jean Vasen on April 24, 1946 in Ames. His lifelong career at Emmet County State Bank in Estherville began in January, 1948. While living there he was an active member of the community and St. Patrick's Church. He served on many boards and held offices in several organizations such as; American Legion, VFW, Elks, Estherville Golf and Country Club, National Ski Patrol, Knights of Columbus, Chamber of Commerce, Armed Services Draft Board, Winter Sports Festival, EIDC and many more.
Retirement allowed his love of the game of golf to become his new "job" and reason for Cliff and Cleova to move to Bella Vista in 1987. He was able to enjoy a daily game (or two) of golf, time to volunteer and work at St. Bernard's Catholic Church and the pro shops of the Bella Vista Golf Courses.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Robert Bruce Hunt II and Marvin, and one grandchild.
Left to cherish Cliff's memory are his wife, Cleova; his children; Michele Barnes of Freeport, Ill.; Jim Hunt and wife Cynthia of Bloomington, Minn.; Jodi Maddocks and husband Henry of Whitewood, S.D.; Jean Reinking and husband Randy of Bella Vista, Ark.; 10 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, his sister, Neva Savchuk, and sister-in-law, Ilale Hunt; nieces and nephews and his special dog, "Gampson Eddie".
Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.