Ralph Alden Hunt
February 1, 1922 - February 7, 2017
Ralph, 95, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2017, surrounded by his family.
Ralph was a loving, generous man with strong family ties and a warm sense of humor.
He was born in Browns Valley, Minnesota, to Earl & Laura (Felling) Hunt. He had fond memories of being raised in a small rural community. When he was still in high school, the family moved to Oregon and settled in the Willamette Valley. After high school, he joined the Air Force and served as an aerial engineer during World War II.
After the war, he attended Oregon State University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. It was there that he met and married his wife of 64 years, Paula Yvonne (Kurtz). They moved to San Mateo, California, where they started their family of six children. He worked at several pharmacies before buying his own in the late 1960's. He ran his own business until they moved back to Oregon and settled in the Salem area in 1993. He always enjoyed his career and continued to work part-time into his late 70's.
He was an active member of the Lutheran Church his entire life. He enjoyed the outdoors and greeted every day with enthusiasm and a sense of adventure. Throughout his life, his activities included ice skating, skiing, sledding, hunting, fishing, baseball, golf, camping, gardening and frequent road trips. He was an avid reader, especially enjoying science and history.
Ralph is survived by his children, Rebecca (Robert), Deborah, Barbara (Marshall), Jennifer and Steven, five grandsons, three great-grandsons and his brother, Vernon. He was preceded in death by his wife Paula, son Jeffrey, grandson Steven, son-in-law Gordon and his brothers, Maurice, Robert & John.
A funeral service will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1770 Baxter Road in Salem on Saturday, February 25th at 1:30. A military ceremony will be held the following Monday at 10:30 at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Family requests donations be made to the Willamette Valley Hospice - Tokarski Home http://www.wvh.org/living-with-a-serious-illness/tokarski-home/ (1020 Elm St, Salem OR 97304). Assisting is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.