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May 16, 1923 – Friday, September 18, 2010

Service Information
The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael, MN
Friday, September 24, 2010
11:00 AM

Visitation Information

Ralph Osman Hunt, Jr. 87 of St. Michael, MN, formerly of Howard Lake, MN, and Dassel, MN, passed away Saturday, September 18, 2010, at the Legacy Memory Care Center of St. Michael.

Ralph Osman Hunt Jr. was born May 16, 1923, in Clarion, IA, to Ralph and Alma (Hanson) Hunt. His family moved to Minneapolis, MN, in 1928, where Ralph attended Washburn High School. He was inducted into the United States Army in December of 1942. He served in the 563rd Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Tank Company where he did automotive and tank maintenance. In September of 1944 he was shipped overseas and served in France, Belgium and Germany and was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. Ralph was discharged on Veterans Day, November 11, 1945. He attended Minneapolis Institute of Art and was a talented artist in charcoal and pencil portraiture.

Ralph was united in marriage to Alice Hedstrom in November of 1946 in Minneapolis. Ralph owned and operated the Texaco Service Station, and later he and Alice owned and operated Hub Hobby at the Hub Shopping Center in Richfield, MN, from 1960 through 1975. They then moved to Dassel in 1976, where Ralph manufactured model airplane kits. He drove the Special Education School Bus in Dassel for 11 years. In 1993 they moved to Howard Lake. He especially enjoyed woodworking, making fine cabinets and furniture. He also made small original wood crafts and doll house furniture. Ralph liked a good game of poker and playing golf. He loved traveling with his camper across the United States. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the pride of his life.

Ralph is survived by his children: Douglas Hunt of Minneapolis, Russell Hunt of South Haven, MN, and Janet (Paul) Fuller of Rogers, MN; two grandsons, five granddaughters and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Marlene (Howard) Gamble of Hinkley, MN, and Donna Lou Wartman of Florida.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Alma Hunt; wife Alice in 2009; two daughters: Cynthia Hunt Harrison and Carol Hunt Coy; daughter-in-law Rhonda Hunt; and grandson Christopher Coy.

Services will be held Friday, September 24, 2010, at 11:00 am at the Peterson Chapel in St. Michael. The Rev. Durk Peterson will officiate. Special music provided by Lisa Hinds. Visitation will be at the Peterson Chapel in St. Michael one hour prior to service. Interment is at Resurrection Cemetery in Shorewood, MN. Family members in attendance acted as casket bearers.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Bob Reetz

    Message for Doug: Sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. When we were in high school, he may have opened the door for me and said “What do you want?” I’m sure I made a big impression on him. I noticed there was no mention of Miniature Raceways in his obituary. Obviously, it was not a high point in his life, but it was a big part of my life back then. It’s been a long time. I’d like to hear from you. Maybe we can make some music again.

  2. jay finke



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