Robert “Bob” Leroy Hunter passed away May 28, 2019, at age 87 from complications related to a faulty heart valve.
Bob married his high school sweetheart Verlee Jean Sondergard in 1952, and they were married for 62 years until she passed away in 2015.
Bob attended Iowa State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry. Rather than take up farming as his family had expected, he joined the Army, where he proved himself an exceptional pilot of helicopters and small fixed wing airplanes. Bob served in Korea and two tours in Vietnam, receiving the Silver Star, the military’s third highest decoration for valor in combat. He also received the Legion of Merit and attained the rank of Colonel.
The family traveled the world, as Bob was stationed in the Canal Zone (Panama) and Germany, as well as Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Colorado, California, Kansas, New York, Washington, and Alaska.
After 22 years in the Army, Bob retired from service, and he and Verlee built their own home on the Kenai River near Soldotna, Alaska. They also spent many winters touring the Lower 48 in an RV, and moved to Green Valley, AZ in 2004. Following an illness, Bob moved to Cottonwood, AZ in 2018 and then to Flagstaff, AZ in May 2019.
Bob was known for his sense of humor, strength of character, devotion to Verlee, and love of fishing.
He leaves behind his two daughters, Deidre (Phil Massey) of Flagstaff and Kim of Wasilla, AK, and granddaughter Rita of Flagstaff, plus his two cats, Grizz and Cylde.
We are grateful to the many folks who helped Bob in his last several months including those from Country Care Assisted Living in Cottonwood, the Flagstaff Medical Center, Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, Assisted Living at The Peaks Senior Living Community, Compassus Hospice, Comfort Keepers, Northland Hospice and Pallative Care, and the Olivia White Hospice House. Thank you.