Verle J. Hunt, 94, of Marshalltown, IA passed away surrounded by family on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at the Main St. Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Homes, in Marshalltown. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church, in Marshalltown. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown. Online condolences may be written at www.andersonfhs.com
Verle was born March 1, 1919 to Alonzo and Rosa (Burr) Hunt in Red Oak, IA. He graduated from Red Oak High School in 1936. Verle received his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, in Ames, IA. He was united in marriage to Ellen Kiesewetter on February 14, 1943 in Omaha, NE. She passed away on April 21, 2012. Verle was employed with Fisher Controls & Emerson as a Design Engineer. He designed a variety of products including butterfly valves used in the Oak Ridge atomic plant, redesigned the Level-Trol, was responsible for the 2500 series valves, and designed and was awarded the patent for the 2506 Multi-Trol. After eleven years he moved to the manufacturing area, becoming factory Superintendent, a position he held for another eleven years. In 1963 Verle started the Manufacturing Engineering department. He retired from Fisher in 1973, and became active full time in the farming operation, raising cattle, corn, and soybeans. He was the Vice President of the Iowa Heart Association and on the Marshalltown City Council. Verle was a member of First United Methodist Church, Elmwood Country Club, and the Marshalltown Elks Lodge #312. He was an avid supporter of Iowa State University Athletics and a member of the Order of the Knoll. While in college, he was a member of the ROTC and held his pilot's license, which he maintained for many years thereafter. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, bowling, and golf. He loved to watch "Let's Go Bowling" with Jim Zabel, in its day, and rarely, if ever, missed Market to Market.
Verle will be missed by two sons; Joe (Diane) Hunt of Marshalltown, Ed Hunt of Marshalltown, two granddaughters; Christine (Cory) McAnelly of Marshalltown and Jennifer Hunt of West Des Moines, IA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen, three brothers; Marvin, Donald, and Dean.