More than $1 million bequeathed by Verle and Ellen Hunt

The late Verle and Ellen Hunt firmly believed Marshalltown was an outstanding community with good people.

And now the Hunt estate is giving back.

More than $1 million was designated from the estate to 12 Marshalltown or central Iowa entities the Hunts held dear.

Bequeathed $100,000 each recently were the Animal Rescue League, First United Methodist Church, Iowa 4-H Foundation, Iowa River Hospice, Iowa State University Foundation,

Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Mid Iowa Workshop the Salvation Army and YMCA/YWCA Heritage Club.

“We are very grateful that the Hunt estate saw it fitting to help us,” said Rich Byers, Mid Iowa Workshop executive director. “The funds will be used for capital improvement programs and other initiatives which will benefit our clients.”

The Marshalltown Community School District (STEM program) and Elks Club will recieve checks in the near future.

Several of the awardees were very special to the couple.

Verle Hunt received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University and was a strong supporter of Cyclone athletics. Fittingly, the ISU Foundation was a recipient.

Additionally, he and Ellen were members of First United Methodist Church, another beneficiary.

Verle and Ellen Hunt were active in the Elks and that too was a beneficiary.

The Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center Foundation was previously presented a $100,000 check.

“We are so grateful for this charitable gift,” said Val Ruff, director of the foundation.

Ruff said the money will be used toward the upcoming building project at MMSC.

“Marshalltown has a long history of charitable leaders and I think Verle and Ellen Hunt have jointed that leadership,” said Larry McKibben, the Hunts longtime attorney.

Andrew Potter of the Times-Republican contributed to this report.