Robert Byrum Hunter was born at home in Lucas, Iowa on July 26, 1928. He passed away in Chariton, Iowa on February 8, 2018. He was raised in Lucas and received his education there, graduating from Lucas High School in 1945.
Bob farmed with his father, and served in the US Army during the Korean conflict from 1951 to 1953, stationed in Texas.
He married Donna Mae Curtis in June of 1953, and they began life on their farm south of Lucas. Four children were born; Kim, Mike, Tamra and Nick.
Bob enjoyed farming with his family over his entire life.
He was a member of the Masons, Lucas Betterment, helped with the Lucas Centennial, and served on the local Co-op Board.
He enjoyed family activities and many trips for water and snow skiing with family and friends. He participated in golfing and bowling leagues; when he and Donna were younger they enjoyed roller skating and square dancing. They loved playing cards and having parties with their farming community friends as their children grew up. He spent many hours with his children ice skating, fishing, and working on the farm together. Bob and Donna enjoyed traveling with family and friends throughout the United States and visited England, Ireland and Scotland; the home of his ancestors.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents William J. and Lucy C. Hunter, brother Billy Hunter and his daughter-in-law Connie R. Hunter.
He is survived by wife Donna M. Hunter of Chariton, daughter Kim (Mike) Rehm of West Des Moines, Mike (Laurie) Hunter of Chariton, Tamra (Rick) Stevenson of Knoxville and Nick (Alyse) Hunter of Chariton.
Remembering his antics are ten grandchildren; Derek (Ashley) Rehm and Samantha (Brett) Irigoin, Branigan (Devin) Head, Chasen (Justine) Stevenson, Kirn (Ashlee) Stevenson and Lacy Stevenson, Ashlynn(Chris) Rosa, Abram (Mandi) Hunter, Ailey (James) Carroll, and Mariah (Cole) Pierschbacher.
Eight great-grandchildren Jameson and Aspen, Sayge, Brayton and Dallas, Nolan, Lincoln and Stella and two on the way and many more will hear stories about Grandpa Bob or Bumpa.
He is also survived by sister Barbara Jeanne Kinney and numerous relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to Lucas Betterment or the Derby Volunteer Fire Department.