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Ralph O. Hunt, Jr., 87

Ralph Osman Hunt, Jr., age 87, of St. Michael, formerly of Howard Lake and Dassel, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the Legacy Memory Care Center of St. Michael.

He was born May 16, 1923, in Clarion, IA to Ralph and Alma (Hanson) Hunt. His family moved to Minneapolis in 1928, where Ralph attended Washburn High School.

Ralph was inducted into the US Army in December of 1942, and served in the 563rd Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Tank Company, where he did automotive and tank maintenance. In September of 1944, he was shipped overseas and served in France, Belgium and Germany. He was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge, and was discharged on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 1945.

Ralph attended the Minneapolis Institute of Art and was a talented artist in charcoal and pencil portraiture.

He was united in marriage to Alice Hedstrom in November of 1946 in Minneapolis.

Ralph owned and operated a Texaco Service Station and later, he and Alice owned and operated Hub Hobby at the Hub Shopping Center in Richfield, from 1960 through 1975.

They then moved to Dassel in 1976, where Ralph manufactured model airplane kits. He drove the special education school bus in Dassel for 11 years.

In 1993, they moved to Howard Lake.

Ralph especially enjoyed woodworking, making fine cabinets and furniture. He also made small original wood crafts and doll house furniture. He liked a good game of poker, and enjoyed playing golf, and traveling with his camper across the US. His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the pride of his life.

Ralph is survived by his children; Douglas Hunt of Minneapolis, Russell Hunt of South Haven, and Janet (Paul) Fuller of Rogers; two grandsons; five granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marlene (Howard) Gamble of Hinkley, and Donna Lou Wartman of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Alma Hunt; wife Alice in 2009; two daughters, Cynthia Hunt Harrison, and Carol Hunt Coy; daughter-in-law Rhonda Hunt; and a grandson, Christopher Coy.

Services took place Friday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at the Peterson Chapel in St. Michael with the Rev. Durk Peterson officiating. Special music was provided by Lisa Hinds. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery in Shorewood.

Family members in attendance acted as casket bearers.

Visitation was at the Peterson Chapel in St. Michael one hour prior to services.

The Peterson Family of St. Michael assisted the family with arrangements.