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Don Hurless

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DON HURLESS

LIMA — Don Hurless, 87, passed away at 12:18 p.m., Monday, June 15, 2015 at his residence.

Don was born June 22, 1927 in Lima to Truman and Leota (Rockwell) Hurless who preceded him in death. On January 11, 1959 he married Carolyn Klaserner who preceded him in death on February 13, 1987.

Don is survived by cousins David Custer (Oklahoma) and Dona Mathwig (Lima, Ohio), good friends, Joyce and Earl Lhamon, Richard Patterson, a host of former piano students and fellow musicians. Don was particularly fond of his students whom he thought of as his children. He contributed to many of their college funds and took delight in going to see many of them perform as they pursued musical careers.

Don taught piano in his studio in Lima. He was a certified member of the Ohio Music Teachers' Association and was a past president of the American Federation of Musicians Local #320.

He studied piano with Margaret Jewell and Professor Herman Ostheimer, a student of Leschetizsky and Duprey. His study of composition and orchestration have been with the late William Byrd and Felix Labunski, a student and assistant of Sergey Prokofiev.

Among Don's notable students was Joe Henderson (deceased), a famous jazz musician.

Don was a composer of many works performed by the Lima Symphony Orchestra, area high school concert bands, choirs, lab bands, and jazz ensembles. His piano duet, "Tone Row Twist" has been published by the Willis Music Company.

Being a harpsichord builder and lecturer, Don visited several harpsichord museums and workshops while touring Europe with Dr. George Lucktenberg's harpsichord and historical instrument tour.

He enjoyed performing jazz and lecturing in the North West area of Ohio. He had appeared on FM 91, TV-WLIO and WBGU TV.

Don was founder of the Don Hurless Band and also performed as a member of Don Hurless and the Notables.

Among other endeavors he invented and obtained copyrights for Pian-A-Robics.

Students of Don Hurless have performed successfully in many AMSA, ONTA, and OMER competitions. Many have followed professional music careers.

Don was an avid amateur astronomer. He was a long time member of the Lima Astronomical Society.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 19, 2015 at CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL, Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Elida.

Friends may call noon until 3:00, Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lima Astronomical Society or Ohio Music Teachers' Association.

Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.


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Published in The Lima News from June 17 to June 18, 2015