Wilbur Hurd, 86, of St. Lawrence, SD and formerly Rockham, SD, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Huron Regional Medical Center.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the St. Lawrence Community Church with Pastor Scot Tutt officiating. Burial will follow at Howell Cemetery, rural Miller, with military honors. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 15, 2013 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the St. Lawrence Community Church.
Wilbur Lee Hurd was born to Clara (Robinson) and Elijah Lee Hurd on January 28, 1927 in Miller, S.D. He grew up in Carlton Township, went to school at Hand City School and graduated from Miller High School. Following graduation, Wilbur went to the Navy for the duration of World War II. From there he went to N.C. School of Ag.
On October 3, 1948, Wilbur married Darlene Canham in the Carlton Church. They moved to Washington where they ran a dairy farm for one year. Upon returning to South Dakota, he began farming and continued throughout his life. Farming was something Wilbur loved and continued until he physically couldn’t anymore but he always remained active in the family farming operations.
He served as a county commissioner and township board member. Wilbur was a member of the Carlton Community Church until its closing and then became a member of the Nazarene Church. Wilbur had four loves in his life, family, friends, flying and farming. In 2011, Wilbur was able to take part in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Those blessed to be a part of his life and surviving him are his daughter, Linda (Terry) Johnson and their children: Robin (Adam) Musch, Jennifer (Lyle) Haring, and Curtis (Kelly) Johnson; his son, Larry (Sherry) Hurd and their children: Jason (Susan) Hurd, Julie (Josh) Harkins, Jodi (Jonathon) Wendte, and Jonathon (Ashley) Hurd; 22 great grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Hedlund and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Darlene; his sisters, Elsie and Evelyn; and his brothers: Robert, Milton, Melvin, Merrill, Paul, and James.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Wilbur’s arrangements. Visit www.familyfuneralhome.net
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