Gail Roland Hurrelbrink (1939 - 2013)

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Gail Roland Hurrelbrink, 74, of Springfield, passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 1, 1939, in Jacksonville, the son of Harold Leroy and Mary Elizabeth Sayre Hurrelbrink. He married Jean Royston on Nov. 20, 1990, in Las Vegas, and she survives.

Mr. Hurrelbrink is also survived by his son, Mark (Clare) Hurrelbrink of Chicago; two daughters, Ann (John) Mullenix of Springfield and Lynn (Ken) Maloy of Zachary, La.; three stepchildren, Debra Heckenkamp of Springfield, Kenneth (Sue) Hansen of Springfield and Laura (Rob) Sampson of Pawnee; 10 grandchildren, Kaitlin Maloy, Lydia Hurrelbrink, Connor Maloy, Jordan Hurrelbrink, Jason (Sarah) Hansen, Stephanie (Eric) Heckenkamp, Lindsay (Kory) Kovski, Emilie Heckenkamp, Ashleigh (Tim) Sommer and Connor Sampson; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Roger (Sandi) Hurrelbrink of Winchester; one sister, Judith (Louis) Chaves of Lakeville, Mass.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gail was raised on the family's farm in Scott County, where they farmed corn, soybeans and raised cattle, and during those years he was member of Scott County 4-H and FFA. He graduated from Winchester High School in 1957, Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1962, and then went on to serve in the U.S. Army National Guard. Mr. Hurrelbrink worked for several seed companies in agriculture sales for many years, and then went to work for Terminix in Springfield, retiring after 12 years of service. Gail also worked as a security guard and volunteer at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and in his free time he participated in two bowling leagues. Mr. Hurrelbrink was a member of Parents Without Partners as a Jacksonville representative, the Cool Cruisers, the '97 Crusaders in Petersburg and the Antique Automobile Club of America in Springfield.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen St., Springfield, with burial to follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Jacksonville. The family will meet friends from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The family encourages friends driving in procession to the cemetery drive their classic cars in tribute of Gail's passion for collecting fine automobiles. Memorial contributions may be made to the or to the National Arthritis Foundation, and please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Feb. 19, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
Bisch & Son Funeral Home
505 East Allen | Springfield, IL 62703 | (217) 544-5424
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