Robert Hunt
1933 - 2013
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Hunt, Robert

Robert LeRoy Hunt left this world to hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant," on April 11, 2013. He died peacefully at home with his family by his side after a brave struggle with Lyme Disease and Parkinson's Disease. Bob, sometimes called "Mr. Trout" or "Mr. Gideon," was known as a humble, kind man of integrity, wisdom, and faith who dedicated his life to being a fisher of trout and a fisher of men.

Bob was born in Madison, WI on June 3, 1933. He grew up in McFarland. He joined the Army in 1953 and served with honors at home and in Germany. After his military service, he attended UW Madison where he received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Zoology. Bob worked for the Department of Natural Resources for 33 years as a biologist specializing in Trout Stream Habitat improvement. He was nationally recognized as an expert in fisheries research and received many awards, including the Wisconsin DNR Exceptional Performance Award, the National Trout Unlimited Conservation Award, the Gulf Oil Conservation Award, the TU Lifetime Humanitarian Achievement Award, the National Fisheries Hall of Excellence Award, the Starker Leopold Award for outstanding long term service in cold water fisheries, and the Steve Searns Award for Excellence in Research. He authored a book, Trout Stream Therapy, and many technical publications including one of the most widely-cited publications on stream restoration. His authoritative consultations influenced the strategic direction within the state of Wisconsin as well as nationally and internationally for trout stream habitat improvement. He always credited his career success to the great team of colleagues with whom he felt privileged to work. Bob spent time during his retirement years enjoying the fruits of his labor as he fished the streams he and his team had helped to improve. He was most recently inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame with his brother during a ceremony last April, where he was celebrated as having "contributed more knowledge than anyone else about Wisconsin's 10,000 miles of trout streams and advanced stewardship of them." He would be the first to admit that laying down all the awards in exchange for a crown of righteousness is not even a trade worth mentioning.

Bob's love of Jesus and his resulting character defined him. This was evident in his love for his family, in the kindness and respect he showed others, and in the activities he pursued. He was a small group Bible study leader and Bible study teacher for many years. He was committed to sharing the gospel throughout the world through his work with the Gideons. He initiated and participated in Trout Unlimited efforts to improve streams throughout WI and nationwide. He also relished opportunities to teach the art of fly fishing to many eager students. He volunteered at the local food pantry and Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed soaking in the beauty of God's creation, fly fishing, tying flies, hunting, cross-country skiing, drawing, reading, visiting with friends and family, and eating his wife's cookies. His life pursuit was to "Walk Worthy, Press On, and Finish Well."

Survivors include his loving wife of over 53 years, Phyllis; his children, Lori Kilbey (Bill), Cyndy Luzinski (Craig), and David Hunt (Laura.); his grandchildren, Billy Kilbey (Beth), Jordan Kilbey (Rebecca), Jenna Bernklau (Paul), Joe Luzinski, Sarah Luzinski, Anna Luzinski, Adam Biever, Jacob Hunt, Joseph Hunt, and Madisen Hunt; and his great grandchildren, Jacob and Liliana Bernklau. He is also survived by his older siblings, Richard Hunt (Janis), and Marian Hunt as well as nieces, Nancy, Becky, Chris, and Amy. He leaves behind many dear friends and colleagues who knew when Bob Hunt talked, wise people listened. Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Olson, nephew, Kim Hunt, and his parents, Marvin Roy Hunt and Clara Amundson Hunt.

Memorial contributions in Bob's honor can be made to The Gideons International, Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Waupaca, or Trout Unlimited. Visitation will be at Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church from 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 until the time of service. The funeral service on Saturday, April 20, 2013 begins at 11:00 a.m. at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church. The Holly Funeral Home of Waupaca is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Apr. 14 to Apr. 18, 2013.
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April 19, 2013
We are very sorry for your loss.
Elaine & Lawrence (Kottke) Faulks
April 15, 2013
When Bob Hunt invited us to join a small group Bible Study in his home we came to know him as a wonderfully kind and gentle man who was able to boldly witness for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We rejoice that he is now home with his Heavenly Father. May God bless all that Bob has done in His service. Dennis & Sharon Schultz.
April 15, 2013
Sorry for the loss of a wonderful man and leader. I worked for Bob as an LTE in Fall of 1975 after graduation from Stevens Point.
Ron Capacio
April 15, 2013
Bob was always a gentleman when I came to Waupaca womens christian group to speak for Phyllis' local outreach group. I was privileged to visit three times over the past 9 years. I knew when I met him he was a great brother in Christ to me, something I had never until I met him. He was such a good listener as is Phyllis when I shared health tips/mentoring in nutrition with them. He was always willing to try/strived to be healthy. I admired him to the highest for his good fight. Resting in our Heavenly Fathers arms was a courageous battle you fought Bob and now won. Peace to Phyllis and Family. Love From Colleen Keen, Monroe, Wisconsin
April 15, 2013
Lori and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Gather your memories around you to keep you warm.
Melissa Buck
April 14, 2013
Our earliest memory of Bob was when he helped us with our first outdoor education venture with our 4th and 6th grade students. (1972) He impressed us with his knowledge of fish (of course) and his gentle spirit as he worked with the students. I learned just as much as my students that day at Hartman Creek. He will be missed.
Marilynn and Bob Dixon
April 14, 2013
The world needs more people like Bob Hunt. He has contributed so very much to conservation.
Mark Beilfuss
April 14, 2013
So very sorry for your loss. Sounds like his legacy and love of God has been well handed down within the family. I know I see it in Lori.
Allison Campbell
April 14, 2013
Our prayers are w/you all in the loss of a wonderful believer..He was the best!!
Penny & Harold Skyrud
April 13, 2013
So very sorry for your loss. I remember growing up with Cyndy and her dad was such an inspiration to myself and all of the youth of Trinity. May your hearts heal knowing he is watching over you lovingly.
Pam Rule (nee Minton)
April 13, 2013
Lori, so sorry for the loss of your dad. It sounds like he lived a very full life and will be missed by so many. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all.
Robert, Peggy, Austin and Sara Hodge
Peggy Hodge
April 13, 2013
Grief can be so difficult but your special memories help to celebrate a life well lived. Bob will always live in your hearts and we will think of him often when we will be fishing the elusive trout on our favorite trout streams!! Remembering your family and Bob in our prayers and hold your family in our hearts.
With love from
Linda and Ray Roberts and family
Linda/Ray Roberts
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