COUNCIL BLUFFS — James F. Hunter, 80, a longtime Council Bluffs real estate agent and auctioneer, was one of two men killed in a two-vehicle collision near Sabetha, Kansas, last Wednesday.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that a pickup pulling a 45-foot stock trailer and driven by Hunter was southbound on U.S. Highway 75 about seven miles south of the Kansas-Nebraska state line when a westbound SUV failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled into the path of the pickup.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that Hunter’s truck hit the SUV broadside. Both Hunter and the other driver, Douglas L. Rehfeld, 47, of Overland Park, Kansas, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Carol Martin, 70, also of Council Bluffs, a passenger in Hunter’s vehicle, was injured and taken to Sabetha Hospital. Officials at Bronco Billy’s in Council Bluffs, which she and Hunter started in 1990, said she is expected to make a full recovery. Bronco Billy’s offers a full line of saddles that the company designs and has manufactured in Texas.
Hunter started Hunter Realty in 1973 and operated the business until 1987, said his brother, Joe Hunter. Jim Hunter also began working as an auctioneer in the 1970s, focusing on real estate, household and estate sales.
Hunter and Martin were on their way to the Equifest of Kansas being held in Topeka; they were registered as vendors.