John Hugh Hunter Sr., 65, of Seaside, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, in Seaside.

He was born Jan. 26, 1944, in Bremerton, Wash., to Martin Hubert Hunter and Margaret Myrtle Jaynes. His parents preceded him in death.

He attended schools in Bremerton, then in Seaside in 1954, and in Nehalem in 1955. He was a member of the class of 1963.

In 1961, he married, but later divorced.

In 1993, he married Barbara Koch at Lake Tahoe, Nev. She survives, residing in Seaside.

From 1961 to 1970, Mr. Hunter worked in the cedar industry. He was a heavy equipment/grader operator, and from 1970 to 1983, he worked for the Tillamook road department. From 1983 to the present, he worked for various local contractors.

Family members said he enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting and camping and playing cards. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, John Hunter Jr. and Monica Hunter of Bay City and Thomas Hunter of Seattle; a daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Patrick Maloney of Tillamook; two stepsons, Mark Yunker of Beaverton and Scott Yunker and his wife, Ann, of Jefferson; a twin brother, Earl Hunter of Salem; two sisters, Anna Tilton of Spanaway, Wash., and Brandy "Juanita" Hunter of Vancouver, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, June Work and Charlene Myers; and two brothers, Vern and Orvin Hunter.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hughes-Ransom Mortuary Chapel, 220 N. Holladay Drive in Seaside.

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