January 28, 1920 – August 8, 2013
James P. Hunter, age 93, of Scranton, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, August 12, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Scranton with Pastor Lynn Gunderson officiating. Visitation will be held from 3:30 – 6:00 P.M. on Sunday at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton. The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 A.M. on Monday where visitation will resume until the time of service. Casket bearers will be Monty Lumsden, James Howard, Mark Mattke, Dr. Todd Lumsden, Scot Lumsden, and Mack Mattke. Burial will be in the Scranton Township Cemetery.
Born on January 28, 1920 on the Hunter Family Farm south of Scranton, Iowa, he was the son of Charles and Inez (Pangborn) Hunter. He grew up on the farm and attended high school in Scranton. Jim was a lifelong farmer and he was a “flying farmer” earning his pilot’s license as a young man. Jim flew his plane to Cuba with his brother Don in the early 50’s. He was married to Cleo Silbaugh on April 20, 1939 at the home of her aunt in Dawson, Iowa. The couple made their home south of Scranton where they raised their three daughters. Jim was active in the Scranton Odd Fellows Lodge, the Scranton Masonic Lodge, he served 21 years on the Scranton School Board, and he was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. In 1969 he won the beard growing contest in the Scranton Centennial. He was a member of the Scranton First United Methodist Church where he served as the chairman of the board of finance. Jim loved to fly his Cessna 140 and help his friends with hunting tips on the ground. He also enjoyed fishing, dancing, telling stories, surprising his wife with gifts, riding his motorcycle, growing and delivering watermelons and sweet corn to his friends and family, and he loved to spend time with his family and many good friends.
Jim is survived by his wife Cleo Hunter, of 74 fun filled years, of Scranton, Iowa; his three daughters: Karen Jayne Hunter-Lumsden and her husband Monty of Marion, Iowa, Jessie Anne Hunter-Howard and her husband James of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Inez Mattke and her husband Mark of Marion, Iowa; four grandchildren: Dr. Todd Lumsden and his wife Janice of Jackson, Missouri, Scot Lumsden of Marion, Iowa, Cassady Hoff and her husband Kevin of Casper, Wyoming, and Mackenzie Mattke of Marion, Iowa; three great grandchildren: Marc, Rogen, and Kavin; a brother-in-law Sherman Silbaugh and his wife Virginia of Humboldt, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers: Don, George, Jack, Robert, and Paul Hunter, and two sisters: Ruth Miller and Mary Shelton.Information provided by: Dahn. & Woodhouse Funeral Home 907 Grant St. Scranton, Iowa 50126 712.652.3350 www.dahnandwoodhouse.com