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Family with deep roots to Wauneta moves to the south divide PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 19:12

Christina and Gary Hunter and their children Austin, front left, and Kaden moved to Wauneta’s south divide to live in Christina’s grandparents’ home, which has been in the family for six generations. (Courtesy Photo | CH Photography)

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze


Christina (Bley) and Gary Hunter recently moved to Wauneta’s south divide with their two young sons, Austin (four-years-old) and Kaden (four-months-old). Christina grew up in Wauneta and is the daughter of Lloyd and Durenda Bley.

The couple decided to move to Wauneta after Christina’s grandparents, Raymond and Lois Bley gave them a “good deal” on their farmstead, which has stood empty for 18 years. The Hunters are the sixth generation to live on the Bley family farmstead.

Gary said he and Christina, who had been living in Mitchell, S.D., sold their home. They decided to use the money from the sale to purchase the Bley farmstead because they were able to “pay cash and get out of debt.”

The couple hasn’t been a stranger to the Wauneta area while living in South Dakota. Gary said he had gotten to know people on visits over the past couple of years. He and Christina decided Wauneta was a good place to start a business. That with the good deal on a house set their minds to move back to Christina’s home.

Gary, a Mitchell, S.D. native, operates Hunter Heating and Cooling from their home on the south divide. Gary grew up helping with his father’s heating and cooling business, which has been in existence for over 30 years. After high school Gary joined his father’s business and has been in the industry for over 12 years.

Gary does all types of repairs on existing heating and cooling units and specializes in installation of high efficiency furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioners and radiant shop heaters.

Gary also does exterior and interior construction work such as building additions, new construction, siding, roofing, windows, doors, remodeling work and drywall installation and finishing. He also does finish carpentry.

Gary and Christina have made several trips back to Wauneta to help Christina’s parents with harvest. Now the couple will continue to help out on the farm, work to remodel the farmstead home as well as work on Gary’s heating and cooling business.

Christina had a custom photography business in South Dakota, CH Photography. She plans to continue her business in Wauneta after their youngest gets a little older.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 19:19