In loving memory of
Sidney R. Hunter
About Sidney R. Hunter...Sidney R. Hunter was born on September 10, 1927, in Amo Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota to the late Earl and Lena (Snyder) Hunter. At an early age, Sidney moved with his family to a farm in Great Bend Township, Cottonwood County. He attended school in String Lake School District # 1. He also attended one year of high school before helping his parents on the farm. In November 1945, Sidney entered the United States Army. He was stationed at Camp Roberts, California and Fort McClellan, Alabama before being deployed overseas to Korea where he spent 18 months serving in a Harbor Craft. Sidney attained the rank of Sergeant and in November of 1947, he was honorably discharged.
On January 9, 1949, Sidney was united in marriage to Florence Menken. This marriage was blessed with three children, Susan, Ernie, and Elaine. For twenty years, Sidney farmed and then worked at TORO for twenty years. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Windom. His family was his life. He loved gardening and helping his wife in the flower beds. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting with Ernie and his grandson, and watching the grandchildren in sports. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.
For almost the past fifteen years, Sidney had been receiving dialysis treatments at the Worthington Regional Hospital, now known as the Sanford Hospital-Worthington. In June of 2005, he became a resident of the Lakeview Home in Heron Lake and then was transferred to the Sogge Good Samaritan Society in Windom where he continued to live until passing away on Wednesday, October 1, 2008, at the dialysis unit in Worthington at the wonderful age of 81!!
Sidney's grateful family includes his wife of fifty-nine years, Florence Hunter of Windom; one son, Ernie Hunter and wife, Kari, of Windom; one daughter, Elaine Gansen and husband, Kenneth, of Jewell, IA; one son-in-law, Doug Cottington; six grandchildren, Amy Hunter of Rochester; Jeff Hunter of Windom; Lynne Runchey and husband, Dave, of Ankeny, IA; Erin Cottington of West Des Moines, IA; Gary Gansen of Jewell, IA; Mark Gansen of Jewell, IA; three great-grandchildren, Sydney Toliver; Taylor and Isaac Runchey; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Sidney is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Susan Cottington; six brothers, Vernard, Mervin, Robert, Kenneth, Russell, and Clifford Hunter.
Blessed be the memory of Sidney R. Hunter.