Jan. 21, 1920-Nov. 11, 2002

ATHENA - Paul "Bud" Hunter, 82, of Athena, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Administration Medical Center in Walla Walla.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Athena Baptist Church with interment at the Helix Cemetery.

Mr. Hunter was born Jan. 21, 1920, at Colgate, Okla., to Walter Frank and Lena Thornton Hunter.

Mr. Hunter came to California in 1936 and worked as a farm laborer before coming to Oregon in 1938. He worked in logging and construction before joining the U.S. Army in 1942. He was discharged in 1947. During World War II, he served at U.S. bases and in Germany for two years. After his discharge he resumed working in logging and construction in the Willamette Valley.

On Dec. 12, 1950, he married Jean Mitchell at Marysville, Calif. They moved to the Pendleton area where he worked for Lee Weidert in the Holdman area, farming for 25 years.

After his wife died Dec. 7, 1996, he moved to Athena where he lived at the Duane and Sue Smalley residence with the couple and their daughters, Audra Lee, Codi Ann and Sara Lyn.

Mr. Hunter worked in his yard and went fishing every day until his health failed.

Survivors include a son, Paul Hunter of Pendleton; brothers, Bob Hunter of Stanfield, and Bill Hunter of Salem; sisters, Vernell Martin of Aumsville, and Lanis Hughes of Bell Chase, La.; and one grandchild.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.


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