Bruce Hunter, also known as Jeremiah Hunter, passed away on July 30, 2012 in Goodland, Kansas. Bruce was born on September 14, 1963 in Montreal Quebec Canada, as Bruce Allan Butterman, and he later changed his name. Bruce moved to Colorado with his family at age 15, and later moved to Goodland, Kansas.
The graveside funeral service took place at Mount Nebo Cemetery in Aurora, Colorado and the arrangements were made by Feldman Mortuary, with the assistance of Dane Scherling of Koons Funeral Home in Goodland.
Bruce was an excellent craftsman, who was always building things, including his own motorcycles from scratch. He served for a brief period in the U.S. Air Force, and went on to have a series of careers, and excelled at all of them, but always felt the need to make a change and move onto something different. He was a paramedic, a welder, a truck driver and an irrigation specialist.
His most important career, however, was one that he never veered or strayed from. This was raising, on his own, his terrific son Zachary, who is now 11 years old. Bruce devoted every aspect of his life to Zachary, making sure he was involved in everything from Taekwondo, football, and many other sports. Zachary is a Boy Scout, a 4-H champion in dog training, and has performed in local plays. Bruce rarely missed a game or meet or performance, despite his physical pain. Bruce was also an animal lover who adored his dogs Mandy and Millie.
Shortly after Zachary was born, Bruce developed brain cancer, and due to the incredible research skills and the tenacity of his parents and siblings, he survived. His family found the surgeon at Duke University who had the skill and equipment to remove the tumor. Bruce survived his cancer, but the radiation and chemotherapy left him with excruciating neuropathy. Still, as a single Dad, and with medical support of Dr. Travis Daise of Goodland, and the help of Zachary’s loving babysitters, Marge Quast and Roberta Tolson, and an amazing loving community in Goodland, he made a good life for himself and Zachary, making sure his son had every opportunity. Zachary is now living with family in Denver. Thank you also to Assistant Chief Joni Showalter and Lowell Coon for their support.
Bruce is survived by his son Zachary, his parents Norman and Marilyn Butterman, his sister Susan (David) Brody, his brother Daniel (Irene) Butterman, his brother Steven (Nelson) Butterman, and five nephews, Jordan and Jason Brody and Adam, Kevin and Jared Butterman.
The Calvary Gospel Church will be accepting Memorials for Zachary’s education.