Everett Edward Hunt of Murdo passed away on November 20, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 93 years, 9 months. He was surrounded by family.
Services were held Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, at the the United Methodist Church in Murdo with Pastor Bob Duemig officiating
Burial was in the Murdo City Cemetery.
Everett was born on February 4, 1913, to Warren and Elizabeth (Hans) Hunt on a farm near Verdel, NE, the third of eight children. After his parents' death during the flu epidemic in the early 1920s, he came to South Dakota to live with his uncles and grandmother. He lived in Jones County close to 80 years and the Philip Nursing Home for close to two and one-half years.
On October 15, 1938, he was united in marriage to Violet (Hineline) of Capa, SD, to which eight children were born.
He lived a full life doing what he loved to do - working hard, raising a family, raising, training and breaking horses. Everett's hobbies in his younger days ranged from racing horses to playing cards, which card playing continued into his retirement years. He was an avid sports fan and pitched for the Midland Baseball Club. Everett also attended as many grandchildren's sports activities as possible.
In his early days, he competed at county fairs and was tough to beat in the relay races. The stories are legend of what he could do with horses. One neighbor tells of how Everett could hook up three green horses and one broke horse and still plow a straighter furrow than they could with their tractors.
In 1976, Everett retired from the farm/ranch business and moved to town. He continued to work for local farmers throughout his retirement. Everett was known by everyone in the Jones County community for carrying buckets of water and grain to his horses right up until he went to the Philip Nursing Home.
Grateful for having shared his life are five sons, Lyle (Carolyn) of Rapid City, Allen (Grace) of Wahpeton, ND, Gary (Dorothy) of Spearfish, Wayne (Rose) and Michael (Joni), both of Murdo; two daughters, Fay (Dick) Deal and Janet (Dan) Waldron, both of Ft. Pierre; one sister, Abby Graham of Walnut, IA; 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet; his youngest son, Clint; his parents, Warren and Elizabeth; four brothers, Lyle, Russell, Lawrence and Harold; and two sisters, Helen Anderson and Margaret Hunt in infancy.
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