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PAPILLION – Lonny Greywolf Hurlbut, also known as Lawrence Howard Hurlbut, 77, passed away of natural causes on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Midlands Hospital in Papillion.
His active professional life included service to his country in both the Army and Navy and he was a Korean War veteran. He was a police officer in Soledad and King City, Calif. and Oberlin, Ohio. He retired as the chief of police in San Juan Bautista, Calif. in 1988. He also was the security supervisor at Ford Motor Company in Lorain, Ohio. He most recently worked at the Ashland Cemetery where he manicured the grounds.
He was an active member of the San Juan Bautista VFW and also was a very active member of the local Native American tribe through education and public speaking. He traveled throughout the country and abroad educating about the Native American culture.
He was previously married to Wilma Leoda Greene.
Survivors include his children, Lary, Debbie, Mark, Stormi and Matt; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Some memorable notes of interest-as Chief of Police in San Juan Bautista, he had enjoyed the public acknowledgement of his fame as "The Cowboy Cop" and in July1985, People Magazine wrote an article and here is an excerpt from it – "Police Chief Lonny Hurlbut, 49, is living out a boyhood fantasy in grand California style. 'I'm not a mean man,' he says evenly. 'But if enforcing the law means sticking a gun down some dirt bag's throat, hell, I'll do it.' Finally comes the laugh and Hurlbut adds, 'No other cop is dumb enough to dress the way I do. I'd wear leotards if it would enforce the law.' Hurlbut had been a beat cop, then a security supervisor. Shortly after he was hired as chief he dressed in cowboy duds to publicize a town rodeo. He was such a hit that he's dressed Western ever since, patrolling from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (His two uniformed deputies have the night shift.) 'Lonny is quite a, uh, unique individual,' says Captain Terry Medina of the nearby Watsonville police department. 'He has become a tourist attraction, but he hasn't lost his identity as a law officer.'"
Family was a priority and he wanted to ensure he instilled that in his sons and daughters. He was a practical joker and many that knew him can tell you many stories or saying that he either told you or shared with you.
His long life was full of adventure but is best remembered for his love of family and those people he met and touched each day.
A Celebration of Life will be held by his family this summer in the Ashland Cemetery. A notice of the date for the celebration will be published in the paper at a later date
Marcy Mortuary in charge of arrangements.
Published in Ashland-Gazette (Omaha, NE) from February 14 to February 24, 2013