John Lee Hunter, 65, passed away Jan. 13, 2016, at his home. John was born July 4, 1950, in Madera, Calif., to John V. and Marie (Lemmons) Hunter. He was raised by his father in Washington and Oregon they traveled working in the orchards and picking fern.
At age 17 he was signed into the Marine Corps by his father. John did two tours in Vietnam, by 19 he had made sergeant. After his honorable discharge in 1970 John returned to California where he met his soulmate and got into the logging industry, running a grappel skidder.
In 1986 John moved back to Oregon and he started his 10-year career at Hanel Lumber Mill.
John loved hunting, fishing, camping and everything outdoors. He loved being in the mountains and telling stories.
John is survived by his wife, Debbie Hunter; six children: JD, Eddie, Jason, Jeremy, Jarrod and Dawneva; 21 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; two brothers, James and Jerry; two sisters, Shirley and Carla; and countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be greatly missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Vernon and Don, and sister Chris.
“Sometimes the ones who work the hardest and give the most are the quietest about what they’ve done… that’s called honor.”
Graveside services with military honors were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Idlewilde Cemetery. Viewing was held Monday, Jan. 18, at Anderson's Tribute Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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