Robert “Bob” Hunt, 95, of Decorah, died Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the Aase Haugen Nursing Home in Decorah. Graveside services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Phelps Cemetery in Decorah. Special music was “Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer.” Military rites at graveside were by Decorah veterans’ groups. 

Robert Russell “Bob” Hunt was born April 7, 1919, the son of Russell Charles “RC” and Bessie (Taylor) Hunt in Mason City. Bob graduated from Decorah High School in 1937. While in high school, Bob excelled in all athletic sports he participated in. He attended Coe College for one year in 1939 Bob and his brother Dick enlisted the US Navy, serving in World War II. Bob had a remarkable Navy career, on board the USS Tambor, SS198 Submarine, where he served in 12 consecutive combat war patrols. After the War, he returned to Waterloo and worked for Iowa Glass and Paint. He was united in marriage to Barbara Bishop July 14, 1946, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. To this union, two sons were born, David and Craig. In 1950, they moved to Decorah and Bob bought out his father in Hunt’s Variety Store and Saving Center. In 1970, he sold the business and worked as the first director for the Decorah Park and Rec, until he retired in 1981. One of his greatest achievements was the establishment of the Pulpit Rock Campground. Throughout his lifetime, Bob enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, canoeing, playing tennis, running, bicycling and skiing, as well as being a ski instructor for years.

Bob is survived by his son, David Hunt, Tipton; daughter-in-law, Sue Macal, Decorah; sister-in-law, Peggy Sage Hunt, Madison, Wis.  

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Charles “RC” and Bessie (Taylor) Hunt; his wife, Barbara Hunt, March 4, 2008; his son, Craig Hunt, Aug. 31, 2010; brother, Dick Hunt; sister, Marge (Bill) Bucher.