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In Memory of

William Dempse Hunter

September 9, 1926 - May 25, 2017

Obituary


Bill left his earthly home on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 10:37 PM. He had been surrounded by family. He had been struggling for a number of months.

Bill was born September 19, 1926 to William and Dana Hunter in Nashville, Tennessee. His father owned a printing business. He was killed in an automobile accident on the way to a fishing trip in Florida. Bill was age 10 at the time. His mother remarried when he was 18 and the family moved to Los Angeles, California. Bill was drafted into WWII and served in...

Bill left his earthly home on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 10:37 PM. He had been surrounded by family. He had been struggling for a number of months.

Bill was born September 19, 1926 to William and Dana Hunter in Nashville, Tennessee. His father owned a printing business. He was killed in an automobile accident on the way to a fishing trip in Florida. Bill was age 10 at the time. His mother remarried when he was 18 and the family moved to Los Angeles, California. Bill was drafted into WWII and served in the Navy. When he got out of the service he went to Pepperdine University and from there to Dental School at USC. His brother, Walt, had also graduated from Dental School there. He married Shirley Baker in 1952 while still in Dental School. They had a daughter, Cynthia before graduation. After graduation he moved to Redding. He wanted to practice in a small town and raise his family there. Their son, Ross, was born shortly afterward and daughter Pam was born in 1958.

He loved Redding and his Dental practice. He always thought he had the best people in his practice. He was a successful business man with many varied ventures. He loved the outdoors and spent time camping with family and weekends water skiing in the summer. He also had a pilots license and enjoyed many hours flying. USC football became an obsession and he never missed a game. It became a big family event.

He devoted his life to Christianity and was very involved in teaching and helping others. He was a Christian first and foremost before anything else. He lived his life to receive his reward of a heavenly home and we are sure he is with the saved at this time. He had a beautiful singing voice and sang in quartets, for weddings and directed singing at church.

He loved Dentistry and his staff and his patients loved him. He had his own lab and retired in his early 60's. He and Shirley loved to travel and go camping with friends. They also spent a week each summer for many years working in the kitchen at Sierra Bible Camp at Lake Almanor.

He was predeceased by his son, Ross.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, his daughter Cynthia (Larry) Wondercheck, daughter Pamela (Bryan) Coffey, his 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly.

A graveside service will be held for the family on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in the morning. A celebration of his life will be held at Alta Mesa Church of Christ, beginning at 2 PM. Refreshments will be served after a time of remembering Bill.