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Robert Lincoln Hurd, age 84, of Perrysburg, OH, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, surrounded by his family
after a 2 year battle with cancer. He was born February 12, 1929, in Waukegan, IL, to Roy and Alice Hurd. He served in the army during WWII in Japan as a member of the AGF band. He received a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Purdue University in 1952, and worked for Chrysler Corporation in
Detroit, Michigan, and New Castle, Indiana, for 37 years. He married Dorothy (Byard) Hurd in 1954, who preceded him in death in 2005 after 50 loving years of marriage. He was devoted to his family and friends and made it a priority to spend as much time with them as possible involving many trips in cars, planes, trains and mega buses
regardless of distance. His grandchildren, Dan, Carrie, Troy, Valerie (Cory), Beth, Lauren and David, were very precious to him and a source of great pride and joy. Even as his energy and strength began to fail he enjoyed meals out or at his home and mornings with the gang at Panera. He was a longtime member of Rotary and loved music including participation in Barbershop Chorus, Opera Chorus, church choir, community bands and musicals. He enthusiastically followed Cincinnati Reds Baseball, Purdue Boilermakers, and played duplicate bridge regularly. A deeply committed Christian, Bob was a member of Cedar Creek Church; serving as a greeter and enjoying many bible studies and small groups. Additionally, Bob volunteered on several mission trips, and made hospital visitations. He also served faithfully for several years at UTMC in the surgery waiting area, at Food For Thought, and at a local soup kitchen. He cherished the relationships that he gained from participating in these many activities. Bob believed in making everyone he met feel special and important and loved by the Lord.
Bob is survived by his
beloved daughters, Janice (Keith) Crist of Toledo, and Sharon (Bill) Stevens of Glenmoore, PA; his sister, Jean Fuson of Zion, Ill.; grandchildren; brother-in-law, Don (Carolyn) Byard, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Hospice of Northwest Ohio for their loving and compassionate care.
The family suggests that you honor Bob's memory by donating to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He had the same engaging spirit up until the end, and finished well, leaving a legacy with his family and friends in how he cared and reached out to others in faithfully following Christ. A celebration of his life will be held later this fall.
Published in Toledo Blade on Aug. 27, 2013