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Calvin Carl Hunter

October 6, 1928 ~ February 8, 2018 (age 89)

Council Grove - Calvin Carl Hunter, 89, long time resident of Council Grove, Kansas, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Diversicare.

He was born October 6, 1928, in Skiddy, KS, the son of Russell Floyd and Edna Mary (Kohler) Hunter. Cal graduated from White City High School.  He attended the College of Emporia, where he was a 4 Sport Letterman.  

Cal married Eunice Ann Bretz on September 10, 1949, in Council Grove.   Over the years, Cal worked at various jobs; he worked as a mechanic for Hunter Chevrolet, Fairmont Creamery, Morris County Clerk, Bretz Shoe Store, Mayor and City Councilman of Council Grove, High School and College Sports official and he retired from the US Postal Service.  

He was a member of the Council Grove Christian Church, Council Grove Country Club, Chamber of Commerce, Bowery Boys Slow Pitch, Coach of American Legion Baseball and a player for Council Grove Indians Baseball team.

Cal was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  Family was of utmost importance to him and he treasured his three daughters. He loved watching his grandchildren play ball. Cal loved all sports, he enjoyed playing pitch and was an avid golfer.  “Pistol” as his grandchildren called him, will be sadly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister, Edna Mary and brothers: Lloyd and Don.

Cal is survived by his loving wife Eunice, of the home; daughters: Carla Pruitt and husband Don, of Victoria, Kathy Litke and husband Darrell and Christine Ziegenhirt and husband Donnie, all of Council Grove; 9 grandchildren:  Alycia Straight (Dane), Amanda Pruitt, Dara Fillmore (Jason), Dana Reddick (Bobby), Deanna Buttrey (Thomas), Dawn Palmquist (Lucas), Derek Ziegenhirt, Casey Ziegenhirt, and Jacob Ziegenhirt.; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Hickman; sister-in-law, Donna Aldrich;  and brother, Russell Hunter, Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends Monday, February 12th, at Zeiner Funeral Home, from 5:00 to 7:00.  Funeral services will be at 10:00, Tuesday, February 13th, at Council Grove Christian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cal Hunter Memorial Fund, which will go to the Ben I. Smith Baseball Field improvements. They may be sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, PO Box 273, Council Grove, KS 66846.

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