With broken hearts our family announces the passing of Terry Lyn Hunter, Sr. of Caldwell, ID, on Monday, December 9, 2019. He was born on June 26, 1955 at Mountain Home Air Force Base to George Eldon Hunter and Carolyn Jean Pelkey the second of four boys; Alvin Stewart, Ricky Allen, and Randy L. His parents later divorced and each remarried where he gained two more brothers Bruce and Clark and two sisters, Pam and Bydetta.
Terry spent many years at Grandpa & Grandma Hunter’s family farm in Nampa. At the age of 16, he went to Guam with his dad stationed in the Air Force and where he met his first love, Betty. At the age of 17, he entered the Army and proudly served in Germany for three years. He returned to Idaho, met Jeannette Giles of Boise and they were married in 1978. They had a daughter, Andrea Lyn in 1980, moved to Reno where a son, Terry Jr. was born in 1984 and later returned to Boise. They spent 13 years together and later divorced.
In a lifetime of work Terry was involved in all facets of the electrical advertising sign business, working for: Silver Fox Graphics, Image National, YESCO, Golden West, Ace Sign Co., and Bickford Sign. We cannot drive past an Idaho high school, collegiate scoreboard, or Idaho Pizza Company and not mention “My dad did that sign!” Some of his other proud achievements include the Reno Arch: “The Biggest Little City in the World” and John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
In 1999, Terry married Karen Billingsley and she brought a stepson, Pete Copeland, into the relationship. They were married for thirteen years, built a house in Middleton and managed a garden he was very proud of. They later divorced.
In 2012, his first love came back into his life and became his wife. Terry and Betty spent 7 great years together in their Caldwell home. He did many home renovation projects and loved his irises and strawberries and made this house a home.
Terry loved his long-lost ’66 Chevy Nova SuperSport, drag racing, the annual Hunter brother fishing trip, gardening, hybrid irises, shooting Grandpa’s 12-guage over & under, and a good cup of morning coffee. He was always up for enjoying food at family get-togethers; Betty’s Pancit, Grandma’s Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, and Wanda’s Pistachio Salad. Not forgetting frequent lunch dates with his kids at Deli George or Idaho Pizza.
Terry has left a legacy as a proud American and registered Shoshone-Bannock with a reserved personality but a giant heart that he shared with his family and countless friends. May God bless us with the peace in knowing that we will meet again.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents, sister Bydetta, and brother Bruce. He leaves behind his beautiful loving wife, Betty; his daughter, Andrea (Mike) Thompson; his son, Terry Jr. (Jennifer) Hunter; four grandchildren, Erik, Nathan, Cheyanne, and Bella; his stepmother, Wanda; his brothers and sisters: Alvin “Ike” (Elaine) Hunter, Ricky (Miss Teri) Hunter, Randy (Jerri) Hunter, sister-in-law Janet Hunter, Clark (Vicki) Hunter, and Pamela Rose. Not to forget numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and a host of life-long friends.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 19th at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. A reception will follow at Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall, 1101 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell.