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Edward 'Ed' Phillip Hunter, 80

| June 1, 2022 9:00 AM

Edward “Ed” Phillip Hunter, 80, of Osburn, Idaho, passed away Jan. 19, 2022, at the Community Medical Center in Missoula, Mont. He was born March 12, 1941, in Hope, Idaho. Ed was the son of William H. and Verona E. (Tyler) Hunter.

Ed moved to the Silver Valley in 1955. He attended and graduated from Wallace High School in 1959. Ed furthered his studies in mechanical engineering, while also working at the Star Mine.

Ed was united in marriage to Linda McMahan on Dec. 10, 1960, at the First Baptist Church in Osburn.

Mining was Ed’s career; he had worked at the Star Mine, the Lucky Friday, Atlas Mine, Bunker Hill Mining Company and several other area mines. Ed had also mined in Nevada, California and Oregon. He also owned and operated the American Independent Mining in consulting for several years.

Ed so loved and enjoyed his family and the great outdoors — hunting, fishing, camping, gold panning and huckleberry picking. He was also an avid Gonzaga fan!

Ed is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Linda Hunter of the family home in Osburn; six children, Michael Hunter of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Julie McPheters (Ron) of St. Regis, Mont., Tim Hunter of Elk City, Idaho, Steven Hunter of Osburn, Jeffrey Hunter (Erica) of Osburn and Melinda Rogers (Walt) of Wallace, Idaho; 17 grandchildren, Josh, Katie, Allie, Danny, Griffyn, Gavin, Zayne, Grace, Savanna, Holly, Jake, Micheala, Jesse, Jade, Heather, Macayla and Sidney; numerous great-grandchildren; one brother, Fred Hunter (Sue) of Pinehurst, Idaho; and one sister, Edna Calhoon of Bremerton, Wash. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, three sisters and one great-grandson, Kade Thomas Comer-McPheters.

The family invites you to leave your tears and tissues at the door and come celebrate the life of Ed from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2022, at the Gene Day Park in Osburn. This is a potluck event in which a barbecue main dish will be provided. Please bring a favorite side dish and a comfortable lawn chair. Come ready to share your best Ed story as we honor the legacy he has left behind.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Shoshone Funeral Services & Crematory, Kellogg, Idaho, is entrusted with services. You may share your special memories of Ed with his family at

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