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Lowell C. "Doc" Hunt, 92, passed away Nov. 5, 2013, at his home in Klamath Falls.
Doc was born July 21, 1921, in Burley, Idaho, to Roy S. and Bertha (Owings) Hunt. His parents settled in the area to begin farming after traveling by team and wagon from Nebraska. In his early years, Doc was key in "scratching out a living" in Idaho with his siblings and parents by farming, raising animals, hunting and whatever it took to get by.
Doc attended schools in Burley and graduated from Burley High School in 1939. He was active in 4-H and FFA as time away from the farm allowed. He enrolled in the University of Idaho, studying animal husbandry during the winter months then returning to work on the family farm during the rest of the year.
Doc met the love of his life Lucille (Marler) Hunt at a church picnic in 1944. The two were married on Nov. 14, 1944, just 10 days prior to his entering the Army and deployment during World War II.
After basic training at Camp Roberts, Calif., Doc was assigned to the 112th Regimental Combat Team and shipped to the Philippines as part of the Philippine Liberation Mission. At the surrender in Japan, Doc was assigned to the 1st Calvary Division and was a member of the first troops to enter and occupy Japan. Doc was honorably discharged in 1946, receiving several Campaign Medals, Bronze Service Star, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
After discharge, Doc returned to Burley to begin his own farming operation with wife Lucille and start a family.
In 1955, Doc leased out his farm and took a position as field representative for the Southern Idaho Production Credit Association serving Cassia and Minidoka counties. Doc truly enjoyed working with farmers and ranchers in the area and helping them with organizational and financial needs.
He became a farm credit expert and, in 1970, accepted a position with the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank (FICB) in Spokane, Wash., serving production credit associations and farmers and ranchers in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. He retired in 1983 as assistant vice president of FICB.
First and foremost for Doc was his family. Camping and fishing trips with Lucille, his children, and grandchildren were the high points of his life. Upon retirement, adventures around the Pacific Northwest with their travel trailer and whoever could join in were incredibly happy times for Doc and Lucille.
Doc was an incredible "tinkerer" and could fix or create almost anything out of almost nothing. He passed on his love of tinkering and, most importantly, fishing with his daughter, son, grandchildren and great-grandson.
Doc is survived by Lucille, his loving wife of 69 years; his sister, Nadine Christensen; his children, Cheryl (Hunt) and Tony Wilson, Bill and Shelly Hunt; grandchildren, Heather Ringwood, David Ringwood, Robert Raffaelly and Phillip Raffaelly; and great-grandson, Cole Ringwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother.
Doc was a godly man, active and supporting many churches as he and Lucille moved around the Northwest. Doc's love and support of family, as well as his quiet and gentle approach to everything, will be greatly missed.
The family extends special thanks to Dawn Peterson, Assured Quality Home Care, and the staff of High Desert Hospice.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 12, in First United Methodist Church, Klamath Falls.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Doc's name to his childhood church Burley First Christian Church, 1401 Oakley Ave., Burley, ID 83318.
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Published in Herald And News on Nov. 8, 2013