Howard Hunter


Howard Ross Hunter

Howard Ross Hunter, 81 passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at home in Edmond, OK.

He was born August 18, 1931 in Marlow, OK to Lee and Eula Hunter. He grew up in Lawton, OK and attended Lawton High School, graduating in 1949.

Howard served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan for two years. Following his military service, Howard completed his education and graduated in 1957 from Central State College. While in college, Howard was instrumental in the chapter development of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

In 1958, Howard married Alma L. Roso at St. James’s Catholic Church, Oklahoma City on April 15. They were married 55 years and their love was an example for many.

Howard began his career with the United States Government, Civil Service Administration at Clinton Sherman Air Force Base, Clinton, OK and Offutt Air Force Base – Strategic Air Command, Omaha, NE. In 1968, Howard transferred to Vance AFB, Enid, OK as the Administrative Contracting Officer, retiring in 1985.

Howard was an active member of St. Gregory Catholic Church and gave his time and talent to Our Daily Bread, Boy Scouts of America & Little League. Howard and Alma travel the world during their retirement.

Howard is survived by his loving wife, Alma and two sisters, Sherry Hunter, Stephenville, TX, Sandy & husband John Lair, Cleveland, OK & many nieces & nephews. In addition, Howard and Alma have three children, Sherry Hutchison & husband James, Edmond, OK., Allen Hunter & wife Andrea, Fairway, KS, Patti Baldridge & husband Mike, Sand Springs, OK and his five grandchildren, Chris & Paige Hutchison, Caroline Hunter, Mandy & Jill Baldridge.

A memorial will be held at Matthews Funeral Home, Edmond, OK, Saturday, February 2 at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Howard’s honor to: Our Daily Bread, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 616 W. Randolph, Enid, OK.


  1. Patti & Sherry,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your father sounds like he was a special man. I pray God will give you comfort during this difficult time.

    With my deepest sympathy,

    Jamie Aldridge

  2. So thankful for every day I worked with Howard at VAFB. Surely wish I could still hear him rattling the change in his pockets while he was “thinking” and see him putting on his cowboy hat as he passed my office door reminding me it was time for “H.R.” and the rest of us to head home. Alma, Enid misses the Hunters, but now especially we are thankful you are near family and established in your new home. Never any question of the love between the Hunters, Howard and you but also your children were a family we all admired. The “piglady of VAFB” will never forget the Hunters.

  3. Alma and family, I was sorry to hear about Howard. I had known him for many, many years at Vance and after retirement I would holler or wave at him at garage sales. He was such a friendly person and he will be remembered by many.

  4. He was a wounderful uncle and a man that I will always have great memories of. I will always remember the good times I had visiting my Uncle Howard Aunt Alma on the many trips we made to Oklahoma. I want everyone to know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time in your life.

    with love and prayers

    Art Hunter

  5. Momma Hunter, Sherry, Alan, Patti and all, I am so sorry for your loss. You were so fortunate to have such a wonderful man like your dad. He was so special to me. He adopted me several times, when I had no parents for parents day at College. I have spent many weekends in Enid, Ok with your wonderful family. I will never forget the first time I got to have real Italian food. I have very fond memories of your dad. He was always a positive thinker and saw the best in everyone. He would sit Sherry and I down and give us advice on college and life. I will always cherish the memories and blessings that your loved one has brought to my life. God bless and comfort you all.

  6. Alma,

    Our time at Vance was short, but long enough to get to know Howard and appreciate his great contributions to our country and particularly to Vance AFB! What a character. Presiding over his retirement party and presenting his “gold watch” was a real privilege and a lot of fun. I still smile when I remember it.

    We all share your loss. Godspeed.

    PD & Rickie Leonard

  7. Alma, Sherry, Allen, Patty and all that loved uncle Howard,

    He was a great man that will be missed by many. It is so difficult to lose someone you love and admire, but there is comfort in prayer and knowing the hurt and pain is no more.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God comfort you and hold you close during this difficult time.

    Love you all!

    Sandy Bug

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