DEAN and LILLIAN HUNT
of the Dean W. Hunt family is a short one, as many of our roots are
the first generation in this country. Dean is the youngest son born
to Alonzo William and Rosa Estella (Burr) Hunt on Feb. 20, 1928. His
brothers are Marvin A. of Imogene, Verle J. of Marshalltown, and
Donald B. of Red Oak. They were all born south of the Climax Church
in West Twp. of Montgomery Co., Iowa. Roots of the Hunts have been
traced to Butler Co., Ohio and a distant relative of Dean's, (Isaac
Hunt) was the first minister in West Twp., Mont. Co.
and Beda (Reed) Nelson, having to work many years to repay their
passage, emigrated from Smaland, a province in Sweden, as teenagers.
Gustave E. Nelson (Gustaf Nilsson) was one of eleven children born
in Sweden. Although Gustave and Beda did not know each other they
lived only six miles apart in Sweden and met in Red Oak. Beda (Ryd)
Reed (d. 1972) was one of six children, three of whom came to the
United States. Beda lived and worked in Chicago and Evanston, Ill.
and in Benton Harbor, Michigan before coming to Red Oak as a
Salvation Army Officer. Beda and Gustave were parents of two
children. Lillian Elizabeth Nelson (Hunt) was born Jan. 22, 1930 in
Grove Twp., Pott. Co., north of the old Kemling Store. The family
moved to Lincoln Twp., Mont. Co. for a number of years, then back to
Wav. Twp., Pott. Co. Paul G. Nelson was born Sept. 10, 1935 in the
Murphy Memorial Hospital, Red Oak. Paul graduated from Elliott
Consolidated Schools and attended Augustana at Moline, Ill., and Los
Angeles Art Center School. He lived in Sweden for six years, working
in design and art. He married Ruth Reiskyll of Racine, Wis. and they
reside in Milwaukee, the parents of six children.
graduated from Red Oak High School in 1945 and attended Iowa State
College. Lillian graduated from R. O. H. S. in 1947, attended
R. O. Junior College and Immanuel School of Nursing in Omaha. She
has been employed at R. O. Hospital and Martens Manor in Griswold.
parents of two children, Linda Christine was born Sept. 27, 1950,
attended Elliott grade school, graduated from Griswold 1968, and
graduated from Iowa State University in 1972 with B. A. degree in
Applied Art. She worked and traveled several years as an interior
designer and is now living and working in Chicago, Ill.
Dean Hunt was born Dec. 16, 1952 in Red Oak, attended Elliott Grade
School, graduated Griswold 1971, and graduated I. S. U. 1977 with a
B. S. degree in Ag. Business. He married Diane Paup in 1976, is now
farming in Mont. Co. and Pott Co., and is living in Waveland Twp.
Linda and Bill were active in music and were members of the Sherman
Twp. 4-H clubs. Both were exhibitors at the Iowa State Fair
been president of the Pott. Livestock Feeders and still serves on
the board, served on the Elliott and Griswold School Boards, charter
member of the Nishna Valley Gun Club, 4-H leader in Mont. Co. 12
years, serving on Bethlehem Lutheran Church Board, served as Sunday
School Supt., was an avid tractor puller of both farm stock and
mini-hot rods. He served 20 consecutive years on the Farm Bureau
Board having held many offices, and he was the Co. Farm Bureau
President 1972-1974. He is a Wav. Twp. Trustee, recently
elected to serve on the Extension Council and as a SCS Soil
Commissioner. Dean is now an Aksarben Ambassador. He received his
Realtors license in 1978.
also, is active in Farm Bureau, served as Sec. to the men's board
and as Co. Women's Chairmen and currently as a member of women's
board. She has been 4-H leader for six years, is Church cirle leader
and is Chairman of Federated Research Club of Elliott. She works
parttime as a nurse and attends classes in continuing education in
nursing. She enjoys music, reading, needlework and care of yard and
family belongs to and participates in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church
of Red Oak.