Oct 1, 1936 - Feb 12, 2017
John Robert "Bob" Hunter, age 80, Joplin, Mo., passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at his home surrounded by family.
Bob was born October 1, 1936, in Lebanon, Mo., son of the late John William Hunter and Olive Christabel Lynch Hunter. He grew up in Lebanon and graduated from Lebanon High School. He then attended Baptist Bible College. He worked for General Electric Supply, Missouri State Highway Department in the Right-of-Way department, Seifert Construction, and was owner of Hunter Appraisals.
He was active in Boy Scouts where he was a Cub Master and Scout Leader. He was a member of the Joplin Board of Realtors, past president of Sunny Jim Little League, and a member of Forest Park Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and spending time following his grandchildren's activities.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth Eugene Ragland and Thomas Leroy Hunter.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Shirley Byrd Hunter; children, Lisa Geisler and husband, David, of Ozark, Mo., Kevin Hunter and wife, Amanda, of Joplin, Michelle Massey and husband, Rick, of Joplin; daughter-in-law, Lori Hunter, of Joplin; sister, Bette Snyder, of Neodesha, Kan.; 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, February 15, at 1 p.m. at Forest Park Baptist Church with Dr. John Swadley and Rick Massey officiating. Interment will follow at Osborne Memorial Cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Forest Park Baptist Church/Next Steps.