October 20, 1937 – May 28, 2020
Age 82, of Maple Grove, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, May 28th, 2020.
Fred was born in Duluth, MN to John George and Anna (Holmberg) Hunt, and was later fostered by Bruno and Fran Johnson of Floodwood, MN. He graduated from Floodwood High School in 1957 and enlisted in the Air Force where he was deployed to Iceland & various states across the country as a heavy equipment operator. After leaving the Air Force he married Irene Okerlund in 1961. Their union was blessed with 4 children, Mark, Bonnie, Brenda, and Lori. Fred worked as a Tube Machine Operator for L&M Radiator and Shift Supervisor at Super Radiator Coils. For hobbies they enjoyed gardening and spending time visiting friends and relatives. They loved time spent with their grandchildren fishing in their backyard and cooking them pancakes and waffles. Places they lived include: New Brighton, Esko, Hibbing, New Hope, Brooklyn Park, Otsego, Champlin, and Maple Grove. Fred was kind, caring, and compassionate. He had a love of helping others which shined through even in his final days.
He is joining the love of his life, and wife of 50 years, Irene; siblings, Bob (LaMae) Hunt & Peggy Burns; sister-in-laws, Shirley & Helga Hunt ; and brother-in-law, Richard Russell.
Survived by children, Mark (Kris) Hunt, Bonnie (Perry) Lease, Brenda (Steve) Smith, Lori Zupfer (fiancée, Arlo Mathison); grandchildren, Adam (Sam) Hunt, Tony Hunt, Julia Hunt, Christopher Monacelli, Amanda Monacelli, David Monacelli, Derek Smith, Chelsea (Daniel)Merritt, Heather (Adam) Huotari, Zachary Zupfer, Alexa Zupfer; great grandchildren, Chloe, Cyia, Emma, Huck, Sawyer, Sadie & Brooklynne; siblings, Lester Hunt, John (Marie) Hunt , Ted Hunt, Lois Robert, Ginger Russell; former son-in-law, Andrew Zupfer; many nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends.
Private family funeral service at 10 AM on Friday, June 12th. Burial at Oneota Cemetery in Duluth. Please show your support to the family by joining them in a live stream of the service by copy & pasting the following link: https://www.facebook.com/STJLutheran/
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be directed to the church in Fred's name, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Corcoran, MN.
He is joining the love of his life, and wife of 50 years, Irene; siblings, Bob (LaMae) & Peggy Burns; sister-in-laws, Shirley & Helga Hunt ; and brother-in-law, Richard Russell.
Survived by children, Mark (Kris), Bonnie (Perry) Lease, Brenda (Steve) Smith, Lori Zupfer (fiancée, Arlo Mathison); grandchildren, Adam (Sam), Tony, Julia, Christopher, Amanda, David, Derek, Chelsea (Daniel), Heather (Adam), Zachary, Alexa; great grandchildren, Chloe, Cyia, Emma, Huck, Sawyer, Sadie & Brooklynne; siblings, Lester, John (Marie), Ted, Lois, Ginger; former son-in-law, Andrew Zupfer; many nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends
- Derek Smith ~ Grandson
- Adam Hunt ~ Grandson
- Tony Hunt ~ Grandson
- Zachary Zupfer ~ Grandson
- Steve Smith ~ Son-in-law
- Cliff Okerlund ~ Brother-in-law
Friday, June 12, 2020
Friday, June 12, 2020
June 6, 2020
I’m sorry for your loss! It was always nice having Fred (and Irene) at Zupfer family gatherings. I hope all can find peace until we meet again.
Kim Russell Rux
June 5, 2020
Uncle Fred will be dearly missed. I remember him being such a sweet man. I loved going to the family reunions as a kid, as everyone knew how to have fun. I regret not being able to keep in touch through the years as we got older. My thoughts and prayers are with the family as you go through this difficult time.
June 5, 2020
One of my favorite memories of grandpa was when he shoved an entire life saver up his nose during church and the whole pew shook from everyone’s stifled laughs. He told the best stories, and his waffle making skills were top notch (all the butter, sugar, syrup, fruit, and whipped cream, sprinkled with...yep - some more SUGAR :)). The man was as sweet as his sweet tooth. We’ll miss you dearly, grandpa!