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Larry H. Hunter

Mar 6, 2014 - Staff

Larry H. Hunter, a lifelong resident of Riverton, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation-Wind River. He was 76 years old.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Rader of the United Methodist Church officiating. The Riverton Volunteer Fire Department will conduct traditional fire department services.

Lawrence Harold Hunter was born April 13, 1937, in Riverton, the son of Lawrence Willard Hunter and Bertha Margaret (Whittemore) Hunter. He grew up in Riverton and graduated from Riverton High School in 1957.

He attended Central Wyoming College and graduated with an associate of applied sciences degree in law enforcement in 1974.

In 1957, he married Donna McCoy, and they had two children. They later divorced.

On Jan. 11, 1969, he married Carolyn Foster at the United Methodist Church in Riverton. Together they had two daughters. They also divorced.

His life in the workforce was varied and included many years as a carpenter, building contractor and carpet layer. He was a Fremont County Deputy Sheriff from 1971 to 1977, at which time he started Hunter Construction. He retired from the City of Riverton as a water treatment plant operator.

He was a member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1693.

His family said his greatest joy in life was his membership in the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the department in August 1966, attaining the offices of maintenance lieutenant in 1970, rescue captain in 1971-72, fire captain in 1973-74, assistant chief in 1975-76, and was chief of the department in 1977 and 1978. Following that time, he fulfilled the position of trustee from 1979-1982, battalion chief in 1982-83 and aid to chief from 1984-1996. In 1974 he received the Citation of Merit award. During his tenure, he was a member of the drill team, competing at many state conventions. He retired from the department after 30 years of active service in August 1996. Subsequent to his active service, he continued to assist the drill teams as a driver and offered his support in all their endeavors.

He also enjoyed hunting, camping, woodworking, gardening and riding horses.

He is survived by his former wife and caregiver, Carolyn Hunter of Riverton; son Randy Hunter of Riverton; daughters Jamie Minard and her husband Justin of Wheatland and Darci Neal and her husband Dustin of Casper; grandchildren Mercede, Jason, Brandalyn, Regina, Michael, Taylor, Hunter, Devyn and Dashal; three great-grandchildren; and sister Sandra Malone and her husband David of Opelika, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son Michael; sister Margaret Irene; brother Jim; and sister-in-law Babe.

Memorial donations may be made the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department, in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.

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