Elton B Hunt, Jr, passed away at his home at Inverness Village in Tulsa
on Thursday July 17, 2014.
Elton was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 28, 1922 to Elton B Hunt, Sr
and Olive Eagleton Hunt. He married Peggy French on Dec 13, 1942 in Valparaiso,
Indiana. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University
of Arkansas, and a doctorate in Chemistry from Iowa State University.
Their eldest child, Alice Lucille, was born in Chicago in 1945 and the
older son, Marshall B, was born in Ames, Iowa in 1947. The family moved
to Tulsa in 1950, after which the younger daughter, Lois Jeanette, was
born in 1953 and the younger son, David Elton, was born in 1955.
Elton served as a Naval officer during World War II, and then began his
career as a research chemist for Standard Oil of Indiana. He continued
with the same company for all of his career and made significant contributions
to petroleum chemistry.
Two of his favorite hobbies were learning new things and traveling. Elton
and Peggy combined these 2 loves and traveled extensively, staying frequently
in Elder-Hostels where they would take whatever classes were offered there.
They traveled to Australia & New Zealand, Alaska, Hawaii, England
& Scotland, the Holy Lands and many other places.
Elton was also an avid gardener, and was equally successful with vegetables,
fruit trees, and flowers. He provided his family and friends with fresh
vegetables for many years and the family still enjoys many of the things
He was also an excellent handyman, including designing and overseeing the
building of the home they lived in for many years. He kept it up well
enough that it is still in the family today.
As a long time member of First United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Elton
was active with Volunteers in Missions and served in Costa Rica, Bolivia
and several places around Oklahoma.
Over the years, Elton & Peggy have supported many missionaries and
charities but one of their favorites has been Shepherd's Fold Ranch
in Avant, OK. From the earliest days of the Christian youth camp they
have been strong supporters and sent as many of their grandchildren as
wanted to go. Now we're into the next generation and there has been
one of Elton Hunt's descendants at SFR every Summer since Alice's
son, Mark, started it off in 1980.
Elton is survived by 4 children: Alice Taylor and her husband John, Marshall
Hunt and his wife Pam, Lois Stark and her husband Carl, David Hunt and
his wife Jeanne; 11 grandchildren: Mark Taylor, David Taylor and Susanna
Boggs, Elizabeth Kleinman, Anna Thigpen Hunt, Ryan Kennedy and Meghan
Kennedy, Brian Schmidt, Matthew Hunt, James Hunt, and Joshua Hunt; 23
great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be Saturday, Aug. 9th at 4:00pm at First United Methodist
Church. 1115 S Boulder. Pastor James Hunt, Elton's grandson will be
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Shepherd's Fold Ranch,
PO Box 39, Avant, OK 74001 or may be made at their website: shepherdsfoldranch.com.
Please put "in memory of Elton Hunt" on your check or in the
"comments" section of the donation form on the website.