Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 4:45 PM on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Roy Leon Hunt

March 28, 1924-Aug. 4, 2011

Roy Leon Hunt, 87, of Homedale, Idaho, died Aug. 4, 2011, at home with family, succumbing to cancer. Born March 28, 1924, in Holdenville, Okla., Roy moved to California in 1937 with his parents Velma and Tom Hunt.


Roy Leon Hunt

An honored veteran of World War II, Roy served with the Army Company G First Infantry in New Guinea and the Philippines, receiving the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Love of adventure led Roy to homestead near Homer in 1959, with his wife, Laraine, and six children. In 1976, they moved to a ranch south of Adrian, Idaho, where they spent 23 years before retiring and relocating to the Homedale area. A fascinating man of many stories and talents, Roy owned and operated a service station, was a gifted dozer operator and hauled freight with a landing craft barge (LCM-8) in Homer, raised cattle and farmed a ranch of 460 acres before retiring.

Roy loved the lord with all his heart. One of his favorite scriptures was Proverbs 9:10, "The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." He loved good gospel music, harmonicas, juice harps, Alaska and operating construction equipment.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents Tom and Velma Hunt; sisters Rosie Bounds and Betty McDowell; brother Tommy Hunt; daughter Linda Lowe; grandson Randall Asberry Hunt; and great-grandson Joshua Cleaver.

Roy is survived by his wife of 43 years, Laraine; children and their spouses, Ron and Nancy Hunt; Peggy McLay; Carol and Alan Lima; Mary and Kym Clark; David Hunt and special friend Kathleen; grandchildren, Mark Cleaver, Richelle Cleaver, Tony Lowe, Tiffany Cox, Ronald Lyle Hunt, Royce Hunt, Kyra Hunt, Jim McLay, Mimi McLay, Carrie Herndon, Jason Herndon, Steve Clark, Heidi Ferrier and Traffic Clark; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister and her husband, Shirley and Lee Makinson; brother and his wife, Jerry and Darleen Hunt; brother-in-law, Chet McDowell; and many extended family members.

Laraine will never forget the love and caring support of family, friends and members of the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Homedale.