Royal Lee Hunt, 93, of Fremont passed away May 15, 2023, in Fremont.
Royal was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Norris and Peg Hunt, the oldest of five boys. He attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids and the University of Colorado in Boulder. During his time in Colorado, he was a member of the ski patrol at an area resort. After college he moved to Monticello, Iowa, where he was plant manager for Georgia-Pacific Paper Company for 16 years. He then moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and became general office manager for Vigortone Agricultural Products. In 1970 he oversaw the construction of Vigortone’s new plant in Fremont, where he was plant manager and vice president until his retirement in 1995.
When Royal moved to Fremont, he realized the city needed a more robust tennis community. He found 31 players who were interested in organizing a Fremont Tennis Association in which Royal was President of the first chapter. To get tennis off the ground they organized the “Fremont Open” tennis tournament, held in the summer of 1973 on four concrete courts. Tennis grew and with the help of the association, a tennis complex was built at the high school. The tournament became one of the primer events in Nebraska and was recognized as tennis tournament of the year by the Nebraska Tennis Association.
Royal was tournament director for 26 years. Royal’s tennis accomplishments include being named the Nebraska Outstanding Umpire in 1989; induction into the Nebraska Tennis Hall of Fame in 1988 and receiving the Nebraska Tennis Association Distinguished Service Award in 1998. He even played pickleball in his 80s.
Royal was a member and Past President of Rotary; a Scout Master, member of the Board of Directors of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce where he was Agricultural Business Chairman. He was on the Board of Directors of the Fremont Community Chest and a member of St. James Episcopal Church.
Royal loved fishing, barbequing, boating, sailing, puttering, skiing and especially his family. He was especially known for his never-ending sense of humor, which will be greatly missed!
Royal married his high school sweetheart Catharine Yuill in 1951. They were married 72 years. Royal is survived by his wife, his daughter, Victoria Ehly (Marvin) of Lincoln, sons James (Yvonne) of Montana and Peter (Cathy) of Fremont; Six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; brothers Jack (Helen) of Florida and Robert (Nancy) of Colorado.
A Celebration of Life will be held later this summer. Memorials may be made to St. James Episcopal Church in Fremont or the Fremont YMCA with money being used for the tennis program. Please put in memo line Royal Hunt Memorial.
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