Jan 13, 1936
James F. Hunter was born in Thurman, IA to Robert J and Hazel I Hunter. At the age of 8 he was baptized into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was an active member all of his life. He graduated from Thurman High School in 1953 and attended Graceland College for 1 year. In 1956 he married Sheryl Rae McElroy and in this union was born 3 children. He was in the trucking business for several years and then farmed for a few years with his father-in-law where he developed a love for horses and rodeo competing in bareback riding and bull riding. In 1966, Jim moved to Council Bluffs, IA and went into the real estate business and was a co-owner of Hunter Realty with his brother, Mark. He attended the Missouri School of Auction and for many years did auction sales all over the United States. During this time he started Hunter Trucking with his brother, Joe and their trucks ran all over the United States and Canada. In 1990, he and Carol Martin, founded Bronco Billy's Arena and Tack. Jim and Carol shared a passion for rodeo having 75 years of rodeo and equine knowledge between them. With this knowledge and expertise he developed high quality saddles and a top of the line tack making the Bronco Billy's brand known internationally. He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Sheryl; sister and brother-in-law, Norma J. and Robert F. Edwards; grandson, Kyle Hunter. He is survived by the love of his life, Carol Martin; sons, Michael J., Gail P Hunter; daughter, Paula Rae Miller; son, Robert Hunter; daughter, Lori Vander Woude; their mother, Peggy Hunter; brothers, Mark L. (Jerre), Kenneth Joe Hunter (Susan); sisters, Marjorie Carson (Jerry), Eileen Schneider (Don); 10 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter. VISITATION with the family, Tuesday, 4-7 pm, Community of Christ Church, 140 W. Kanesville Blvd. FUNERAL SERVICE, Wednesday, 11 am at the Church. High Priest Tom Arnold will officiate. A lunch will immediately follow the Service at the Church. GRAVESIDE SERVICE and BURIALl, Wednesday, 3 pm in the Thurman, IA Cemetery. Memorials will be directed by the family.
Bayliss Park Chapel 545 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, IA 712-322-7779