Lawrence Hurd, 87, of Westgate, Iowa died at his home on Wednesday morning, April 12, 2017 with his family at his side.
Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Westgate with Rev. Herbert C. Mueller, III officiating.
Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Maynard and for one hour before the service at the church on Tuesday.
Interment: Long Grove Cemetery, Maynard, Iowa.
A Memorial Fund has been established for St. Peter Lutheran Church, Westgate Fire Department and the Westgate Public Library.
Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com
Lawrence Hurd was born March 11, 1930 at Oelwein, Iowa the son of Harold W. and Nodah (Cue) Hurd. He graduated from Maynard High School in 1948 and proudly served in the National Guard for 2 years. On September 11, 1949, he was united in marriage to Shirley Norine Lockard at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Maynard. Lawrence and Shirley farmed in the Maynard area for 10 years and then owned and operated Hurd Welding and Repair in Westgate for 38 years. His shop motto was “I can fix most everything except a broken heart or the crack of dawn”. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Westgate where he held many offices on church council, was a past boy scout leader, past president of the Iowa Blacksmith & Welders Association, member of the Westgate Fire Department where he served as chief for 20 years and the Westgate City Council. Lawrence sang at many special events: funerals, weddings, celebrations and church services. He loved motorcycles, owning more than 20 in his lifetime and continuing to ride until he was 86. Lawrence enjoyed riding with his wife, Shirley, and friend, Ray Faist. He also enjoyed camping in the RV with Shirley and wintering down south. Lawrence especially loved living and working in Westgate where he supported many community projects. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his family and members of his community. Lawrence was good at telling jokes and was always the life of the party.
Lawrence is survived by his 3 sons:
Mike (Mary) Hurd of Marshalltown,
Chuck (Becky) Hurd of Westgate and
Larry Hurd of Oelwein;
daughter: Carolyn (Scott) Bly of Mooresville, North Carolina;
4 grandchildren: Jason Hurd, Brenda Bunn, Annie Burt and Laura Parker;
9 great grandchildren: Bryan Hurd, Tyler Hurd, Lauryn Bunn, Carter Bunn, Piper Burt, Lachlan Burt, Kenna Parker, Lawson Parker and Miles Parker;
2 sisters: LaRayne (Raymond) Mills of Maynard and
Brenda Earles of Tulsa, Oklahoma;
special friend: Kraig Hron of Oelwein
and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Shirley on September 26, 2008; and 2 brothers: Maurice Hurd and David Hurd.