Fred C. Hunter was born on October 29, 1920 to William and Winnie Hunter in Garvin County, Oklahoma.
He attended school in Lindsay and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he proudly served his country from 1943-46. As a Seabee, U.S. Naval Construction Forces during World War II, he traveled in the Pacific with stops in the Philippines, Hawaii and the Aleutian Islands.
After his military service, he and his wife of 69 years, Lillian (Miller) Hunter made their home in Muskogee, where he worked at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital until his retirement in 1975. In retirement, he first and foremost enjoyed his grandchildren and their activities. He could be seen about town frequently on a lawn mower or at a basketball or tennis court cheering on the Muskogee Rougherettes. Being one of the few husbands of their circle of friends and church family that survived into his nineties, he also served as chauffeur and handyman for countless people around town.
He is survived by his wife Lillian Hunter and their daughter Sharon Leeds and her husband Jimmie Richard Leeds, now of Tahlequah. His grandchildren include Scott Leeds and his wife Dana and Stacy Leeds, and two great-grandchildren, Alexandra Leeds and Hunter Stewart, ages 12 and 5. A very dear sister-in-law, Ida Leona Brewster and brother-in-law Buck Miller and his wife Mary along with numerous nieces and nephews also survive him. He was preceded in death by his parents and was the last survivor of eight siblings.
Fred would want everyone to know that his grandson Scott is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quorum Business Solutions in Houston, Texas. His granddaughter Stacy is the Dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Fred was a member of the Muskogee VFW Post 474 and the Wesley United Methodist Church where he served as usher for many years.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. Kuykendall and staff and Cornerstone Healthcare in Tahlequah, particularly his special nurse Heatherley for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent for the benefit of Wesley United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Fosters’ Ivory Chapel with Rev. Bill Moorer officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.foster-petering.com