William H. Hunter
October 25, 1928 – May 8, 2019
William “Bill” Howard Hunter age 90 years 7 months left this earthly place peacefully in his sleep on May 8, 2019 at The Woodlands Healthcare Center, The Woodlands, Texas.
He was born in Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas on October 25, 1928 to the late Robert Lee Hunter and Agnes Elnora (Harrison) Hunter. He was baptized in Lufkin, Texas and confirmed on June 7, 1950 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas by Rev. Elmo E Miertschin. His confirmation verse was Revelations 2:10.
Bill lived with his parents and grandparents “Granny” Bertha and “Pa” Miles Wells Harrison on the family farm. He helped his mother and granny tend their large gardens and sell vegetables. His father was a sawman at the lumber mill. At age 10, Bill and his family moved to Keltys, Texas. His father continued as a sawman at the Keltys lumber mill. Bill worked at the sawmill with his father during his teenage years.
After moving to Houston, Bill met his beloved wife at a dance. He danced across the room to take her in his arms to dance the Paul Jones. She became the love of his life at first sight. Nine weeks later, he married Emma Lee Findeisen on June 26, 1949 in Columbus, Texas at St. Paul Lutheran Church by Pastor Wolfe. They were married for 67+ years till Emma Lee’s death in January 2017.
He was a faithful christian and loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a hard worker, outdoorsman, friend and family man. He liked telling stories of his adventures with lots of wit. He started his skills and craft by being a part of the crew that built the Washburn tunnel in Houston during the late 1940’s. He perfected his skills to become a master tile setter and applied his knowledge to start his own business as a ceramic tile contractor. He was very successful and respected by the very finest home builders during the boom years in Houston after WWII. He then built his dream home in Oak Ridge North becoming one of the leading tile contractors in The Woodlands as it was being developed in the 1970’s. He continued using his talents and skills until he retired at the age of eighty. Bill lived a life abundant in faith, love, joy and of course, fun.
Bill loved outdoor activities. He loved traveling, camping, fishing, squirrel, and deer hunting. He spent hours tinkering in his garage on his boat and camper. He had several big catches of catfish at Marina Village Camping Club on Lake Livingston in Trinity, Texas. Bill and Emma Lee took a vacation every year. Most memorable trips were to Mount Rushmore National Park, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Niagara Falls.
Bill and Emma Lee also loved dancing, especially square dancing with the Belles & Beaus and Springalings Square Dance Clubs. Bill cherished his pets. He bred and raised German Shepherd puppies. His German Shepherds were named Duke, April, King, Cadet, and Fritz. In recent years his Rat Terriers’ were named Minnie, Mickey and Dolly.
William Howard Hunter is survived by his three children; Rose Marie (Hunter) Benton and husband Carl Frank Benton III of Cypress, Texas; Howard Herman Hunter and wife Sherry Hunter of Conroe, Texas; and Hermadine Ann (Hunter) Jenkins of The Woodlands, Texas. Seven grandchildren; Amy Dean and husband Justin; Ross Benton and wife Brandyce; Debra Benton; Jonathan Hunter; Ashley (Hunter) Japczynski and husband Chris; Hannah (Doyle) Bond and husband Aaron; and Aaron McGowen. Thirteen great-grandchildren; Asher Dean, Gideon Dean, Naomi Dean, Rebekah Dean, Brock Loper, Brooke Benton, Marshall Osborne, Christopher Hunter, Logan Hunter, Juliette Hunter, Clara Mae Bond, Brayden Bond and Levi Bond. Also survived by his loving brothers Robert “Bobby” F. Hunter of LaPorte, Texas and Joe Ed Hunter of Mobile, Alabama. Also numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
William H. Hunter is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents Bertha (Baseke) and Miles Wells Harrison; sisters, Maggie Pearl (Hunter) Conkling; Bertha Lee (Hunter) Willmon; Juanita (Hunter) McLennan; and brother LeRoy Hunter.
A visitation will be held at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home on May 17, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Living Word Lutheran Church on May 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. A graveside service will be held at Forest Park The Woodlands Cemetery on May 18, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
- Rose Marie (Hunter) Benton and husband Carl Frank Benton III, Daughter
- Howard Herman Hunter and wife Sherry Hunter, Son
- Hermadine Ann (Hunter) Jenkins, Daughter
- Amy Dean and husband Justin, Grandchild
- Ross Benton and wife Brandyce, Grandchild
- Debra Benton, Grandchild
- Jonathan Hunter, Grandchild
- Ashley (Hunter) Japczynski and husband Chris, Grandchild
- Hannah (Doyle) Bond and husband Aaron, Grandchild
- Aaron McGowen, Grandchild
- Bill is also survived by thirteen great-grandchildren; Asher Dean, Gideon Dean, Naomi Dean, Rebekah Dean, Brock Loper, Brooke Benton, Marshall Osborne, Christopher Hunter, Logan Hunter, Juliette Hunter, Clara Mae Bond, Brayden Bond and Levi Bond; loving brothers Robert “Bobby” F. Hunter of LaPorte, Texas and Joe Ed Hunter of Mobile, Alabama; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
- Aaron McGowen
- Ross Benton
- Jonathan Hunter
- Christopher Hunter
- Logan Hunter
- Asher Dean
- Jeffrey Hunter
- Hunter Miller
- Aaron Bond
- Ellis McGowen
- Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, May 18, 2019
- Graveside Service Saturday, May 18, 2019
William H. Hunter
Howard and Sherry Hunter
May 18, 2019
Daddy in loving memory of you and all of the joy and laughter that you have given me. You have taught me faith, love, and kindness that I will carry with me forever. I will miss your presence in all of things we have done. You are now with the Lord and back together with Mom.
Howard and Sherry
May 16, 2019
My Uncle Bill, what a fun man always smiling and kidding around and if you saw him and uncle Charles together you would be laughing the entire time. When I was ten I went on my first deer hunt with Uncle Bill. He was with me when I killed my first buck 5 years later. I was very fortunate to have been able to hunt and fish with him over the years. Uncle Bill was a coon hunter. I never had the chance to go with him but he would tell me about the hunt and how he enjoyed listening to the dogs howl as they ran through the night chasing them coons. You will always be remembered.
May 15, 2019
In memory of my father, I miss him but I know he lives with our Savior, Jesus Christ. My cherished memories will live in my heart forever. May the Lord bless Bill's family for generations.
His loving daughter