Bruce Hunter

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Bruce William Hunter
March 14, 1957 - May 26, 2017
Bruce William Hunter, 60 of Butte, Montana, formerly of Nampa, passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on May 26, 2017 due to complications from cancer surgery.
Bruce was born on March 14, 1957 in Portland, Oregon. In 1960, his mother, LaVerna (Van Matre) married George Eldon Hunter, who adopted Bruce as his own. Bruce was instantly a brother to four boys and again when Clark was born a year later. His father's career in the US Air Force meant that Bruce and his brothers lived in many places while growing up, including Maine, Michigan, Guam and Idaho. He served in the US Army from 1975 to 1978 and was very proud of his military service. He received his GED while in Guam and graduated from Boise State University in 1984 with an Associate Degree in diesel mechanics.
Bruce met the love of his life and soulmate, Janet Kinsinger, while working together. They were married on November 14, 1981 and were happily married for 35 years, rarely leaving each other's side. Together they raised two wonderful children, Steven and Jennifer. The family moved to Montana in 1998.
Bruce worked for 25 years as a journeyman electrician and was a proud member of IBEW Local 233. He loved Montana and doing anything outdoors. He was an avid hunter and especially enjoyed guns and anything to do with the shooting sports. He was an active member of 15-90 Search and Rescue. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially when he could beat them at cards. He had a gruff exterior, but inside he was a very loving, generous man.
His life is celebrated by his wife Janet; son, Steven (Heidi) Rader; daughter, Jennifer (Ben) Willis; grandchildren, Hannah, Danielle, Caitlynn, Aylah and Tristan Rader and Cameron, Bryant, Alex and Zander Willis; stepmother, Wanda Hunter; and brothers, Ike, Terry, Rick, Randy and Clark, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Life for Bruce and his dad, Eldon will be held on Friday, August 11th at 11:00 a.m. at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. A potluck reception will be held immediately following at CV Peckham Community Center adjacent to Dakan Chapel. Condolences may be shared at


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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Aug. 5, 2017