Ida G. Hunt, age 90, of Midland, S.D., died Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at the Philip Nursing Home.
Ida Gertrude Fosheim was the youngest child born to Thor and Gjertina Fosheim on the farm near the Deep Creek Church in Haakon County. Anna “Grandma” Nesheim, a close neighbor, served as the midwife. Born on June 10, 1922, Ida remained at home and attended all her grade school years at the Stone Butte School. Starting school was difficult as only Norwegian was spoken at home. She was confirmed in 1936 by Rev. O.H. Olson at the Deep Creek Church. Ida was a life-long member of the Deep Creek and Midland Lutheran Churches.
Ida graduated from the eighth grade, receiving top honors. She went to high school in Midland where she worked for room and board staying with the Pete Elrods, Rev. O.H. Olson, and her senior year with her sister, Mrs. Emma Root. Ida was chosen as Carnival Queen during her junior year, and was valedictorian of her senior class.
Following graduation from high school, Ida was married to Lyle Hunt at Butte, Neb., on September 4, 1940. To this union 10 boys and eight girls were born. They lived in Midland until Roy was born, then moved to Philip where Lyle worked with the WPA for three months. In the spring of 1947, they purchased the A.C. Behl Hardware & Grocery business which became known as Hunt’s Hardware. Lyle sold the grocery line in 1950 and the hardware business in 1956, taking up carpenter work.
Ida was the Midland News correspondent for the Pioneer Review and the Pierre Capital Journal for the years 1967 to 2002, and also served as the Midland Lutheran Church secretary doing the newsletter and bulletins. She belonged to Rebecca Circle, New Century Club, PTA, Senior Citizens Center, and the See & Do Club. A special highlight of Ida’s life was when she won a trip to Nashville, taking her first airplane flight.
Survivors include nine sons, Roy Hunt and his wife, Carol, of Midland, Ted Hunt and his wife, Dena, of Rapid City, Jerry Hunt of Midland, Keith Hunt of Midland, Terry Hunt of Watertown, Gordon Hunt and his wife, Cheryl, of Battle Mountain, Nev., Jeff (Liz) Hunt of Battle Mountain, Barry Hunt of Battle Mountain, and Ron (Laura) Hunt of Riverside, Calif.; eight daughters Christine Niedan of Midland, Teresa Palmer of Murdo, Peggy Johnson and her husband, Roger, of Pierre, Penny Schafer of Pierre, Shari Estep and her husband, Pete, of Austin, Texas, Janice Tolton and her husband, Jim, of Midland, Lisa Hackerott and her husband, Brian, of Smith Center, Kan., and Michelle Meinzer and her husband, Cameron, of Midland; a special sister-in-law, Anna Dick and her husband, Martin, of Rapid City; 19 grandchildren Derek (Erin) Hunt, Nicole (Ryan) Thorburn, Erik Hunt, Carrie Hunt (Ryan Raley), Tiffany (Dave) Ghering, Randi Hunt (Mike Schwartz), Marcie (Patrick) Richards, Laurie Johnson (Holland Toles), Leesa Johnson, Chad Johnson, Jordan Tolton, Jenna Tolton (Oscar Gonzales), Jamie (Sarah) Estep, Logan Estep, Evan Estep, Courtney (Cody) McFarland, Deidra Hackerott, Blake Hackerott, and Stuart Hackerott; 14 great-grandchildren Lauren Hunt, Madie, Gabby and Peyton Thorburn, Christopher Hunt, Maddie Raley, Noah, Emma, and Eli Ghering, Easton Schwartz, Landon Johnson-Toles, Jessica Tolton, Keenan Gonzales, and Kylie Estep; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Ida was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle Warren Hunt, on August 17, 1986; a son, Frederick Hunt, on January 24, 2007; a great-granddaughter, Alexis; seven sisters, Esther Schanzenbach, Anna Walker, Emma Root, Olga Meyers, Minnie Fosheim, Clara Roseth and Till Mulcahy; one brother, Pete Fosheim; two siblings in infancy, Margaret and George; and two sons-in-law, Curt Niedan and Marvin Palmer.
Services were held Monday, February 11, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.
Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Kim Kanable, vocalist.
Ushers were Reuben Vollmer, Jr. and Tom Parquet.
Pallbearers were Derek, Erik, Carrie and Randi Hunt, Nicole Thorburn, Tiffany Ghering, Marcie Richards, Laurie, Leesa and Chad Johnson, Jordan and Jenna Tolton, Jamie, Logan and Evan Estep, Courtney McFarland and Deidra, Blake and Stuart Hackerott.
Honorary pallbearers were Lauren and Christopher Hunt, Madie, Gabby and Peyton Thorburn, Maddie Raley, Noah, Emma and Eli Gehring, Easton Schwartz, Landon Johnson-Toles, Jessica Tolton, Keenan Gonzales and Kylie Estep.
Interment was at the Midland Cemetery.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com