Rev. Donald E. Hurley, 86, of Cridersville and formerly of Wapakoneta, died at 4:07 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Otterbein-Cridersville Retirement Community.
He was born March 20, 1927, in Spencerville, the son of the late Della (Orchid) and Roy Hurley. On May 14, 1947, he married Betty June Richardson, who died Oct. 31, 2011.
Rev. Hurley was a retired minister, tradesman and mechanic. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II, and was a member of the Navy SeaBees. Don enjoyed woodworking and making bird houses, gardening, making his own beer and dandelion wine, and old Turner Classic movies. He was a self-taught “Jack of all trades,” taking apart machines and putting them back together, could wire anything, and was interested in everything. He also drove truck for Pepsi Company.
Surviving are three sons, Donald E. (Cheryl) Hurley Jr., of Sevierville, Tenn., John W. (Lorraine) Hurley, of Spencerville, and Dwight D. (Edna) Hurley, of Virginia; a daughter, Cheryl A. (Michael) Teets, of Erie, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bayliff and Son Funeral Home in Cridersville, with the Rev. Rick Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at Spencerville Cemetery. Military rites will be observed by V.F.W. Post of 6772 of Spencerville.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross.
Condolences may be shared at BayliffAndSon.com.
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