SPRINGFIELD - Gail Roland Hurrelbrink, 74, of Springfield, passed away on Friday February 15, 2013, at his residence. He was born on February 1, 1939, in Jacksonville, the son of Harold Leroy and Mary Elizabeth Sayre Hurrelbrink. He married Jean Royston on November 20, 1990, in Las Vegas, Nevada 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, Louisiana; three step-children, Debra Heckenkamp of Springfield, Kenneth (Sue) Hansen of Springfield, and Laura (Rob) Sampson of Pawnee; ten 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, Massachusetts; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Gail was raised on the family's farm in Scott County, Illinois where they farmed corn, soybeans, and raised cattle. During those years he was a 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 US 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 twelve 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 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013, at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 East Allen St., with burial to follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Jacksonville, IL. The family will meet friends from 4:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.
The family encourages friends to drive their classic cars in the procession to the cemetery in tribute to Gail's passion for collecting fine automobiles.
Memorial contributions may be made to the www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com.
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