Kevin S. Hunter, 60, of Cedar Rapids, physically left us on Sept. 27, 2018, in his home with his family beside him, to join his Heavenly Father. A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. with a luncheon and opportunity to visit with the family to follow at Veritas Church Cedar Rapids, 509 Third St. SE. A private family interment will be held separately.
Kevin was born to Sandra (Studer) and Clarence F. "Bud" Hunter on Nov. 27, 1957, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kevin was raised in Cedar Rapids and graduated from Washington High School in 1977. In the summer of '78 he met his soulmate, Suzanne Glotfelty and, after dating for five years, four of them while in separate states, Kevin proposed and their beautiful union began on Sept. 10, 1983.
At age 14, Kevin started working at Healy's Sport Shop, from which he personally was recruited by Frank Fensom in 1985 to work at Frank Fensom's Sports Headquarters in Raytown, Mo. Kevin and Suzanne moved to Raytown and called it home for 13 years. After their move, Suzanne blessed Kevin with the birth of their first child, Megan Nicole, on Oct. 12, 1988. Soon after, they welcomed their second child, Samuel John, on Aug. 5, 1991.
Kevin's natural sales ability came through and he was able to achieve multiple national awards for exceeding sales goals with Telecom USA/MCI/Sprint Communications. Promotions soon would follow, with Kevin being awarded an area sales manager position before making the decision to move back to Cedar Rapids to be closer to family.
Kevin made the decision to join Bud as a residential appraiser in the family business, Hunter Appraisal Service. He and Bud worked side-by-side until Bud's death in March of 2012. Kevin continued as owner of the business until this past summer. Kevin was an appraiser for 19 years, having been lucky enough to find his passion in his work life.
Kevin said one of his great joys was watching his daughter, Megan, marry Timothy Bohr and walking her down the aisle at his dad's home in Cedar Rapids. Shortly after, Kevin was overjoyed to watch his son Sam become a United States paratrooper in the Army. Upon returning four years later, Sam joined Kevin as an appraiser, creating a third-generation locally owned business.
Few people are given the chance to find all of their great loves in one lifetime. Kevin, by the grace of God, was given such an opportunity in his union with Suzanne, his amazing children, his work, his extended family and friends and his hobbies that survived all seasons. His entire family embraced his love of the outdoors and his indelible drive for perfection in his work. Kevin wasn't one to sit around, starting his first business when he was just a boy, harvesting and selling worms found in Bever Park. He could be found hunting, fishing, golfing and supporting organizations like Ducks Unlimited, serving as president from 1999 to 2000, and socializing with friends in his leisure time. Kevin was a master angler with a passion for bass fishing tournaments, of which he won many. He fished leisurely all over the states (although Suzanne was known to outfish him). He and his family loved traveling together, and some of his favorite memories were to wet a line and rip some lips on the Mississippi, and duck hunting at Lake Odessa. Kevin was a patient guide and loved to teach others how to master the skills needed to enjoy these hobbies alongside him.
In his passing, his legacy will live on long after in the lives he touched through his work, his hobbies, his involvement with Veritas Church, his cancer journey and outreach, and the family he leaves behind. His infectious smile and energy lit up every room, and each place he frequented will have a little emptiness in it.
Kevin was welcomed into heaven by his parents, Clarence F. "Bud" Hunter and Sandra Gertrude Hunter; mother-in-law, Alice Jane Glotfelty; like a brother, Grunnar Munson; brother-in-law, Dave Nelson; and great-nephew, Anderson Ciechanowski.
He left behind the love of his life, Suzanne; two children, Megan (Timothy) Bohr and Sam Hunter; brother, John Hunter; sister, Jennifer Hunter; aunt, Diane Tait; father-in-law, Robert Glotfelty; stepmother, Helen Hunter; brother and sister-in-law, Ted and Val Glotfelty; sister-in-law, Gigi Nelson; stepbrother, Steve (Jane) White; stepsister, Sara White Miller; niece, Angela (Jon) Gelatt; nephews, Bobby and Louie Glotfelty; niece, Suzanne Rae (Cory) Dripps; nephew, Joey (Gayle) Ciechanowski; nephew, Neil Nelson; nephew, Tate (Michele) Nelson; like a brother, Toby Schaffner; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, Kevin's wishes were for memorials to be made in his name to one of the following organizations: Phil's Friends (philsfriends.org), an organization that provides free care packages, weekly cards and prayer to those battling cancer; Veritas CR Student Ministries (vertiascr.church); or UnityPoint Hospice (unitypointhospice.org).
The family would like to thank the incredible medical staff from UnityPoint and PCI, the UnityPoint Hospice staff and all who have helped not only Kevin but the whole family through this difficult time. Special thanks to dear family friends, Al and Michelle Bennett, for their overwhelming outpouring of support.
Please share your memories and support with Kevin's family on his tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.