Sam D. Hunter
1922 - 2008
IOWA PARK — Sam D. Hunter, 85, of Iowa Park, Texas, died September 5, 2008 in WichitFalls, Texas.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2008 at First United Methodist Church of Iowa Park, with eRev. Don Pellikan officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home. Sam was born September 10, 1922 in Childress County, Texas, to Sam D. Hunter and wife, Edna Turner Hunter. He married Wanda Sadler February 9, 1949 in Wichita Falls.
He played basketball and tennis for Roaring Springs High School for four years and played basketball with Midwestern University for two years. He was owner/operator of Sam Hunter Real Estate. He served in the military with the 25th Infantry Division in World War II. He served in New Guinea, southern Philippines and Luzon, and received the Combat Infantryman Badge, American Theater Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, and Philippine Liberation Medal with one Bronze Star. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of Iowa Park Evening Lions Club for 40 years, North Texas Bird & Wildlife Club and Native Plant Society of Texas. For 20 years he was treasuremember of the Iowa Park Chamber of Commerce.
He was discharged January 24, 1946, after three years of military service, and enrolled at Midwestern University, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and completed 18 hours on his MS Degree in Business. He worked for the Valley View Independent School District for 22-1/2 years. He also taught Veterans Vocational Night School for 12-1/2 years, sponsored by Midwestern University.
Sam received his real estate license in 1950, working part-time until 1970, when he was joined by his wife and they worked fulltime together.
Sam is survived by his wife, Wanda of Iowa Park; daughter, Carol Ann Theimer of Allen, Texas; son, Gary Hunter of Dimmitt, Texas; sister, Fay Chastain of Snyder, Texas; three grandchildren, Elisa Theimer of Allen, Patrick Hunter and wife, Cimbre of Iowa Park, and Sean Hunter of Dimmitt; great granddaughter, Zady of Allen and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, Iowa Park, Texas or Alzheimer’s Association.