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Douglas Charles Hunt was born Sept. 24, 1921 in Galveston,. The son of Louis Edward and Cecilia Elizabeth (DuFour) Hunt, he grew up in Galveston County and attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School where he sang in the choir and served as an altar boy.

He served his country in the U.S. Army in Okinawa during World War II in the Army Corps of Engineers.

Doug had worked at many different occupations during his lifetime, including taxi-driver, painter and carpenter. He had even driven a horse-drawn milk route with his brother in Galveston for Star Dairy. He had also served as Deputy Sheriff for Austin County and Waller County, Precinct 4, Constable.

But most of his working days included ranching and farming. For 32 years, Doug was the General Manager of 3 ranches – Clearlake, El Indo and Riverbank Ranches. His first horse was a colt that his brother brought home in the trunk of his car. A true cowboy, he taught his children how to work cattle and roped his last bull at the age of 75.

Doug married Mary Francis “Sam” Lissembee on March 24, 1973, at the VFW Hall in Bellville.

Doug was also married to Zellie Highsmith and Texas McGuffin, who both preceded him in death and were a big part of his and his families’ lives.

Doug loved kids and had been a foster parent to a number of children during the 1950s.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and animals, and escorting trail rides. He also enjoyed throwing huge birthday parties.

He was a member of the Waller County Fair Association, a founding member of the Waller County Youth Rodeo and the Austin County Youth Rodeo summer riding programs, Waller and Austin County Peace Officers’ Associations and the Texas Cattleman’s Association. He was also a member of the All Around Cowboy Church in Sealy.

Doug passed away Saturday, March 7, 2009, in Bellvilleat the age of 87.

He is survived by his wife of almost 36 years, Mary Francis “Sam” Hunt of Hempstead, son Rickey Hunt and his wife Pamela, also of Hempstead, daughters Cecile Wiktorik and her husband Gary, of Hempstead, and Brenda Wissner and her husband Lou, of Manvel, daughter-in-law Cheryl Hunt of Bellville, Step-son Bobby Garlin and his wife Margie of Cat Spring, grandchildren Matthew Hunt, Christina and Misti Wissner, Heath Wiktorik and his wife, Melanie, Rankin Hunt and his wife, Justine, Gene Hunt and Ellie, Sonia Froelich and her husband, William, step-grandson Colton Garlin, 11 great grandchildren, sister Grace Wheelis of Galveston, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Doug was preceded in death by his son, Dudley Hunt, his grandson, Erik Wiktorik, brothers, Darry Bates, Freddy Bates and Louis Hunt, and sister, Gerelene Bass.

Visitation was on Monday, March 9, 2009 from 5 p.m. to 8p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Bellville.

The funeral service was at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at the All Around Cowboy Church in Sealy, Texas with Pastor Sonny Rice, officiating.

Interment was at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Bellville.

Pallbearers were Jacob Hunt, Wade Hunt, Jr., Douglass Bass, Matthew Hunt, Jared McCarty, Heath Wiktorik and Rankin Hunt.

Honorary Pallbearers were Wade Hunt, Lou Wissner, Gary Wiktorik, Rickey Hunt, and Wylie Bass.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville, Texas.

Posted by Joy Neely


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