Donald Max Hunt

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Donald Max Hunt, 85, of Elkader, Iowa, died peacefully at Central Community Hospital in Elkader, Iowa, on May 18, 2017, after a brief illness. Max was born on May 11, 1932, in Colesburg, Iowa, the son of E. Lee Hunt and Hazel Bordwell Hunt.

He attended Glidden Ralston High School, class of 1950, where he met his high school sweetheart and wife of 63 years. Max and Alyce were married in Ralston on May 1, 1954. Max attended Iowa State University before working in the dairy industry and with Tri State Breeders. He then worked at SEIG Company Auto Parts for many years before retiring in 1989.

Max was preceded in death by his mother and father; brother Robert, and his son David. Survivors include his loving wife Alyce; children, Debra, Beth (Rick) Rentschler and Kim (Aaron) Stoltz; four grandchildren; Stacey Rentschler, Brian (Thea) Rentschler, Jason (Jade) Hunt and Jamie Hunt; seven great-grandkids, Allison, Taylor, Haley, Peyton, Avery, Sienna and Delaney.

Max loved working in his wood shop, telling stories, bragging about his grandkids and great-grandchildren. He was a collector of all things. Max was a wonderful husband, father, and “Gramps” who will be greatly missed by all of us.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Central Ambulance Fund.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service assisted the family. Online condolences may be left at

Private family graveside services will be held at a later date.


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