Ronald Lavern Hunter
Dodge City- Ronald Lavern Hunter passed from this earthly life on Friday September 3, 2021, at the home of his son in Tucson Arizona. Ronald was born in Dodge City Kansas to Daniel L and Hazel V (Woods) Hunter on Saturday October 19, 1929. Ron spent his entire life in Dodge City, graduating from high school in 1947. Ron was a Dodge City Community College alumnus.
For a few months he did travel with some buddies to California after high school, returning Dodge City, realizing the girl he loved was there. In 1949, Ron found employment with Dean Blurton Electric. Ron was learning the electrical trade business from Dean, going on to become himself a licensed electrician. In 1980 when Dean decided to retire, Ron established Hunter Electric. He was in business until 2018 engaging in a long and respectable career with many multi-generational families as his customers.
Ron married Dorothy Lee Edwards on Sunday August 20, 1950, in the First Methodist Church in Dodge City. They were married for 62 years before her passing on November 9, 2012.
Ron loved most all sports, baseball especially. In later years he and Dorothy would travel to Arizona to watch MLB spring training games. Ron also enjoyed football and basketball. If there was a televised game, you could be sure Ron was watching. You can imagine his disappointment during the pandemic when sporting seasons were cut short. For many years Ron was on a local men's bowling team and traveled to many state and national tournaments. He was also active in the Dodge City Community College Conquistador Booster Club and especially enjoyed helping organize the Basketball Classic during Thanksgiving weekend in the mid-1970's and early 1980's. Often times, he and Dorothy would host a Conq basketball player or two for Thanksgiving Dinner. Those players were always so appreciative but honestly it was a treat for the whole Hunter family to be able to include them.
Surviving family: one brother, MJ (Joy) Hunter and wife Scharlyn of Madera California; one son, Jeffery S Hunter and wife Theron of Tucson Arizona; one daughter, Cathy J Decker and husband A.T. of Peachtree City Georgia; two granddaughters, Brandy Seidel and husband Darin of Olathe Kansas; Kristy Martin and husband Anthony of Peachtree City Georgia; seven great-grandchildren, Michael Hunter, Daniel Hunter, Karson Hunter, Rylee and Elijah Martin, Abigail and Collin Seidel, three nephews, Daniel Hunter, Craig Hunter and Chris Hunter six nieces, Sherry Cogliati, Debbie Barlovic, Lynn Keck, Desnee Morris, Cindy Beck and Christine Lekey; many great nephews and great nieces.
Preceding Ron in death: parents Daniel and Hazel; wife Dorothy; two brothers, Leon Hunter and Bill Hunter; two sisters, Betty Hunter and Dana Tyson; father and mother in-law, Harry and Gladys Edwards; brothers-in-law: James Tyson and Robert Edwards; sisters-in-law: Dena (Boots) Hunter, Anita Hunter, and Betty Edwards; one grandson: Daniel Ryder Hunter; nephews: Rodney Tyson and John Morris; one niece: Lona Tyson.
Memorial service will be held at Swaim Funeral Chapel on Saturday September 18, 2021 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Jerre Nolte presiding. Visitation will be at Swaim Funeral Chapel on Friday, September 17, 2021 from 12:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home. There will be a reception held at the American G.I. Forum located at 711 Military Ave. in Dodge City following the memorial service. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.
Posted online on September 13, 2021