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Frederick Hunt, age 50, of Rapid City, died Wednesday, January 24, 2007, at his residence in Rapid City.

Frederick Lyle Hunt was born November 22, 1956, in Pierre, South Dakota, the eleventh of eighteen children born to Lyle and Ida (Fosheim) Hunt.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland.  He attended twelve years of school in Midland, graduating in 1975.  While in high school, Fred participated in basketball and football.  Following graduation, Fred worked road construction.  Later, he was a general laborer for various farmers, ranchers, and business people.

Fred had an accident in 1993, suffering a spinal cord and brain injury.  He lived in nursing homes for six years.  He enrolled in Black Hills Workshop's Community Transitions and moved into his own apartment.  He cooked and cleaned with some assistance.  Fred became quite a traveler in his wheelchair.  

He worked for a short time at the switchboard for Ellsworth Air Force Base until medical problems intervened. He took classes to become more skilled in computers. He has participated in online checkers tournaments with players around the world.

Fred enjoyed cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the residents of his assisted living apartment. His door was always open because he loved company and enjoyed a good laugh. 

His nieces and nephews were very close to him and he enjoyed spending time with them.  Even though Fred had many trials and tribulations, he didn't let them get him down.

Survivors include his mother Ida Hunt of Midland; nine brothers Roy Hunt and his wife Carol of Midland, Ted Hunt and his wife Dena of Spearfish, Jerry Hunt and Keith Hunt of Midland, Terry Hunt of Watertown, Gordon Hunt and his wife Cheryl, Jeff Hunt, and Barry Hunt all of Battle Mountain, Nevada, and Ron Hunt of Irvine, California; eight sisters Christine Niedan of Midland, Teresa Palmer and her husband Marvin of Murdo, Peggy Johnson and her husband Roger of Pierre, Penny Schafer of Midland, Shari Estep and her husband Pete of Austin, Texas, Janice Tolton and her husband Jim of Midland, Lisa Hackerott and her husband Brian of Midland, and Michelle Meinzer and her husband Cameron of Midland; two special aunts Anna Dick and her husband Martin of Rapid City and Till Mulcahy of Philip; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Fred was preceded in death by his father Lyle Hunt on August 17, 1986; a great-niece Alexis Raley; and a brother-in-law Curtis Niedan.

Visitation was held 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 28, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Monday.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 29, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, with Pastor Paul Bly officiating.

Interment was in the Midland Cemetery.

A memorial is established.


Monday, January 29, 2007 10:00 a.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church

Midland, South Dakota



Pastor Paul Bly



Marilyn Millage Organist



Rueben Vollmer, Jr. Kirby Schofield



Ken Standiford Roger Dale

Pat Fosheim Kenny Gillaspie

Terry Olson Lawrence Stroppel



Scott Martin Randy Sampson



Midland Cemetery

Midland, South Dakota

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