HUNTER, Reginald Watson
It is with the utmost sadness that we announce the passing of Reg Hunter. Our dear husband, dad, and grandpa died March 17, 2017 at Red Deer Regional Hospital.
Reginald Watson Hunter was born, along with his twin brother Ronald, on January 14, 1938, the 8th of 10 children born to John and Grace Hunter. He was raised on ‘Tween Creek Farm in the Michichi-Delia area and attended Starland public school about a mile from the farm. He is pre-deceased by his parents, John and Grace Hunter, brothers Doug, Ken, Art, Wesley (Jiffy), Ron and sister Mabel Wayne.
Dad’s first job was helping to pave Highway 9 and he continued to work as a farm hand in the area until he started apprenticing at an auto body shop in Drumheller in 1957, becoming a journeyman in 1961. He met Darlene McKenzie, in 1954 and the two married on Valentine’s Day in 1958. To this union, three children were born: Lorna, Perry and Chris.
The family moved to Stettler in 1963 where Reg worked as an auto body mechanic until he opened his own Reg’s Auto Body in 1967. In 1977, Reg sold the auto body business to Stan Brennan and built a new building for his new venture, Stettler Muffler. While still operating the muffler shop, Reg saw the need for a self-storage business in town. He purchased a couple of used Atco trailers and started renting space behind the muffler shop. The storage business was so successful, that in 2005, he opted to sell the muffler shop and “retire” to expand Stettler Mini Storage which he operated seven days a week until he fell ill.
Dad took an active interest in municipal affairs and served the community for many years as a Lion’s Club member. He loved nothing more than his curling afternoons, family golf or fishing excursions, a good practical joke, and just chatting with friends and strangers on his daily walk to the post office. He enjoyed a good nap in front of the T.V. with his beloved cat. He spent many an hour helping mom maintain their large yard and garden pond which he took great pride in.
Dad was first and foremost, a family man. He leaves to mourn his wife of 59 years, Darlene (Butch); children Lorna (Allen) Piche of Stettler, Perry (Diane) Hunter, and Chris (Andy) Metzger of Red Deer; grandchildren Darci, Stephanie, Amy, Megan, and Kelli; one brother, Harold (Amy) of Olds; two sisters, Lorraine (Doug) Stanger of Stettler and Muriel Kingcott of Olds; along with numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends, and business associates.
Funeral service will take place at Stettler Funeral Home on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM. Memorial donations may be made to STARS or a charity of your own choice. Con-dolences may be sent to the family at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com
STETTLER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM
entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403-742-3244