Leonard G. Hunter
Len was born July 18, 1940 to Chester A. and Eva Ellen McFarland Hunter in Hobart, NY (Catskill Mts.), and died April 10, 2013 in Shelton. His mother died when he was 6 and two years later his father married, Mildred, who became a huge influence in his life. He graduated from South Kortright Central School in 1958 with 31 classmates, many of whom have remained lifelong friends.
In 1960, Len graduated from New York State Ranger School in Wanakena, NY and immediately took a position with the USDA Forest Service on the Shelton Ranger District where he worked for over 30 years, many of those in the Camp Grisdale area. He strongly believed in the multiple use forest: preservation, recreation, and the working forest. He believed in the wise management of timber as a crop and renewable resource. In retirement, he enjoyed taking people on tours of the Olympic National Forest.
In 1980 he began raising organic vegetables and then flowers to keep his boys busy and to teach them business skills and the value of hard work. He and the family sold produce and flowers at the Shelton and then the Olympia farmers markets. That resulted in what today is Lynch Creek Farm and Lynch Creek Floral, where he served as delivery driver for many years and where in recent years he kept the small town political scene active over morning coffee, always happy to gregariously share his opinion whether you wanted to hear it or not!
He enjoyed collecting antique logging tools and photos and was active in the Pacific Northwest Tool Collectors Assn. Over the years he also beautifully refinished and restored dozens of pieces of antique furniture.
He was predeceased by his mother, father and stepmother. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Colleen (Shrum) Hunter and their three sons, Robert D. (Nancy) Hunter, James A. Hunter, and Andrew L. (Tracey) Hunter, and eight grandchildren James, Lucas, Isabella, Eve, Georgia, Zackary, Natalie and Elizabeth.
A Celebration of his life will be held Monday, April 22 at 2:00 PM, Faith Lutheran Church; Shelton, WA 98584.