Thomas Lee Hunt
Wednesday, March 14, 1956
Date of Death:
Friday, September 17, 2021
65 years old
Thomas Lee Hunt
Thomas Lee Hunt, age 65, died September 17, 2021, at his home in Minneapolis. He was born in Baumholder, Germany, on March 14, 1956, where his father was stationed in the Army.
Tom grew up in Rochester, graduated from John Marshall high school, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Winona State University. After college, he moved to Denver, Colorado, where he worked at Target as manager. After several years, he returned to Rochester to work for his father at Hunt Silver Lake Drug and Hunt Silver Lake Hardware. He then transitioned from retail work and enthusiastically pursued a career selling real estate. A natural fit for him, he progressed to building homes in the Rochester area, where he thrived as owner of both Sunwood and Aspen Homes. He then moved to Minneapolis where he discovered he enjoyed big-city, downtown living. During his recent years, he suffered from health issues, but despite that, he always maintained a positive attitude.
Tom pursued everything in life with gusto, which served to provide many adventures and interesting stories. His vibrant and affable approach earned him many friends. He always had big ideas, and in recent years, those ideas turned more toward how he could help others.
Tom is survived by his two daughters, Christina and Angela Hunt, whom he spoke of often and loved very much; his parents, John Jr. and Rita Hunt; siblings, Nancy (J) Hunt, Susan (Chris) Hunt, and John (Michelle) Hunt III; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends, including his two beloved cats.
The family will hold a private funeral. Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army or Catholic Charities.
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I first met Tom at Winona State University and was struck at how friendly he was to everyone. Many years later we lived in the same neighborhood in Rochester and was privileged to have him sell a house for me and my husband. Tom was very professional and as usual still the friendliest person ever. My deepest condolences to your family!
Dear John, Rita and Family,
I don't even know where to start, I am in disbelief and saddened, I am so very sorry for your loss.
I worked with Tom at Sunwood Homes and he was Both a Licensed Builder and a Licensed Realtor with Prudential Realty. I worked as Tom's Builder Representative and was hired not really knowing alot about the Building Process. Tom taught me ALOT! I literally had to sink or swim and he made sure I swam. Tom treated me well, we went office shopping which included desks, printers, office filing cabinets and more. Tom included his girls and our family in his business, we became a family. My husband and sons helped with many Open Houses too. Not to mention we were neighbors. I'll never forget the Lorie Line Concert and Dinner at Michaels with Tom, Rita , John and my Mom as a part of my Christmas present. My Mom was also from Germany so everyone had lots to talk about. I always knew when Tom had his girls, my office door was covered in Beautiful Colored Pictures. The Girls were his life and he spoke of them daily. As a Team we attended a lot of events and came up with creative marketing ideas. When I 1st met Tom, "Copy and Paste" was just that.
Tom had such a creative mind and built quality homes, if you thought it couldn't be done, Tom proved otherwise.
Alcoholism is an addiction and it is so terribly sad to know that it has yet consumed another life soon soon. I will always carry with me the fond memories of Tom. It's because of Tom I continue to be a successful Licensed Realtor along with my son. Tom showed me the path. Tom had a big heart and a wonderful soul. May he RIP in GOD's Precious Arms.
So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We were classmates at St Francis so many years ago.
Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
John and Rita,
I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. Of course, thinking of Tom brings back memories of Hunt Drug Store. Tom was full of energy, "ideas" and always had an infectious smile. I distinctly remember moving countless flats of pop up and down the stairs. I will miss him. I cherish all the experiences and time I spent learning at Hunt's and have used many of these experiences to make my own business the "Best" it can be.
So sorry and shocked to hear of Toms passing. I got to know Tom almost 40 years ago when our future wives went to College together in Winona. We had a lot of good times together. I lost touch with Tom 20 years ago or so. I wish I could have reconnected with him as we had a lot of things in common like we both worked for Target and have been in retail and sales our whole life. Condolences to all of the Hunt family. Tom is really going to be missed.
Although I haven’t seen Tom since I was a teenager, it grieves me to hear he died at such a relatively young age. I remember him taking me out hunting because I’d never been before - I had fun with Tom, but was pretty happy we didn’t shoot anything!
My thoughts and best wishes go out to his family and friends.
Hunt family-so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing! I have so many great memories of time spent with your family in Northern Heights. Outdoor games at night playing kick the can is one fun one that comes to mind and Tom always seemed to be the one getting the neighborhood kids together! I’m sure he will be greatly missed. Sending much love and prayers to you all.
I am saddened to hear about Tom’s passing. Tom went to high school with me. May Tom know God’s peace and love. My heart goes out to your family.
So sorry to hear about your loss. I worked with Tom in the early 2000 years when he built homes. My dad Bob worked with Tom for years as well. They loved working together and brought some fun even though they worked hard. Rest In Peace and prayers to the family.