Merritt N. Hunter, 79 year old Woodward resident, died Thursday, November 3, 2016 in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 7, 2016 at the First Christian Church. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Billings Funeral Home on Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Merritt Neal Hunter was born on January 10, 1937 in Webb, Oklahoma, the 12th of 13 children born to Clarence Elmer and Alice Bell (Whitehead) Hunter. Merritt grew up in Harmon and attended rural country school. He later graduated from Arnett High School. He was united in marriage to Verna Beth Saxton on June 28, 1958 at the Vici Christian Church in Vici, Oklahoma. They made their home in Woodward and they have lived there since that time.
Merritt's first job in Woodward was working for Osborne Lumber Company and later owned and operated Great Western Glass. He worked as a Building Contractor and built many homes, including several of his own. He developed Huntington Knolls housing addition and Hunter Road was named in his honor.
He was a member of the First Christian Church and held the title of Deacon Emeritus. Merritt enjoyed fishing, hunting, square dancing with Beth, wood carving, making walking sticks and canes from Aspen trees. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His family would always light up his life. Merritt loved spending time in Colorado during the summers with Beth and the children and grandchildren. He built his hunting cabin in Colorado and later enjoyed remodeling and updating their mountain home in Colorado. He also took pride in fishing at the family farm pond near Vici, which he developed.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Beth Hunter of the home; one daughter, Debra Brown and husband John of Woodward; one son David Hunter and wife Vicki of Woodward; granddaughter, Julie Daily and husband Brad of Woodward; three grandsons, Jamin Brown and wife Taylor of Jenks, Dustin Hunter and wife Meggie of Tulsa, Drew Hunter and wife Kelsey of Edmond; four great-grandchildren, Mason and Ethan Daily, Eli and Hazel Hunter; two sisters, Ellen Wilson and husband Flakey of Harmon, Iva Lee Karnes of Harmon; one brother Leland Hunter and wife Nancy of Harmon; two sisters-in-law, Marlene Hunter of Oklahoma City, Myra Stevens of Vici; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
Merritt was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Alice Hunter, three sisters, Irene Cole, Doris Adams, Helen Hunter; six brothers, Bob Hunter, Glen "Cy" Hunter, Leo Hunter, Tommy Hunter, Gene Hunter, and Dennis Darrell Hunter.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Parkinson's Research with the funeral home accepting the contributions on behalf of the family.
Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on November 7, 2016