Capt. James L. "Jim" Hurt
1942 - 2014
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Captain James L. Hurt, US Army, Retired was born on December 15, 1942 in Pittsburg, Kansas to Hazel Viola (Little) Hurt and Lee Edward Hurt.  He died on September 12, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.  He married Barbara Marie (Williams) Hurt on October 7, 1967. She survives of the home.

He attended Pittsburg schools and PSU.  He was in the US Army and served in the 189th Helicopter Company, Pleiku, Vietnam as an Aircraft Commander.  He received numerous medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor in aerial combat, 27 awards of the Air Medal for Valor in aerial combat, Aviation Badge, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Quadruple Bronze Star attachment, Expert Infantry Badge, Republic of Vietnam Campaign ribbon, Expert Badge and Auto Rifle Bar and Pistol Bar, Sharpshooter Badge and Rifle Bar.  He later served as Commander of Bravo Company, Fifth Battalion, Third Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  When an injury left him unable to fly, he was medically retired on October 5, 1973.  He was later employed by the United States Postal Service from 1976 until he retired in 1999. He was a youth softball, baseball and football coach and Boy Scout Troop Leader.  He held membership in American Legion Post 64, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled Veterans of America.

He was proud of his military service but at heart was a family man.   His greatest pride was his family.  He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters Jenifer McDonald and husband Chris of Pittsburg, Lee Ann Hurt Gazi and husband Kenan of London, England, Heather Spaur and husband Brandon of Pittsburg, son James L Hurt II of Pittsburg, two cherished grandchildren, Camden Lee Hurt McDonald and Madison James Spaur, both of Pittsburg, and one expected grandchild of London, England. Sisters Wanda Wilson and husband Ken of Ridgeland, South Carolina, Mary Windsor and husband Murvel of Pittsburg, brother Rick Hurt of Fort Scott. Sisters-in-laws Marlane Williams of Pittsburg, Annette Schreppel of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Ruth Maus and husband Terry of Frontenac, Marcille Niegsch and husband Dan of Mulberry and Janice Arthur and husband Gregg of Pittsburg and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Nadine Oeth. 
Memorial Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday September 17th at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg.  The family will receive friends prior to the memorial service at 9:30 a.m.  Committal services with full military honors will take place at the Fort Scott National Historic Cemetery following the memorial service.  Friends may call the funeral home after 9 a.m. Tuesday to sign the register.  Condolences can be sent to  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Hughes Syndrome Foundation.  Memorials may be brought by or mailed to the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762

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Published in Morning Sun from Sep. 14 to Sep. 17, 2014.
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April 25, 2015
I graduated high school with Jim. I so wanted to honor his military service at a reunion but he would have no part of it. God bless him. Terre Kirk Knoll
November 19, 2014
Jim Hurt was a great pilot and a leader of men. We served together in the 189th. May he rest in peace.
Dale Alderson
September 24, 2014
I remember attending Elementary School with Jimmie. He was always a Bright, Respectful, fun young man. My Condolences to the entire Family.
Lorna (Collucci) Hill
September 20, 2014
My deepest sympathy for your loss , may your memories of Jim bring your family comfort
Theresa Stultz Favero
September 18, 2014
So sorry for your loss .... He was a great man.
Yvette Bruenjes
September 15, 2014
Barbara Hurt and Rick Hurt and all the family, so sorry for your loss, I knew Jim through school and through your family, he was a very special guy, he will be sadly missed by everyone. My condolences,
Jackie (Johns) Coursey
Jackie (Johns) Coursey
September 15, 2014
Hope you take your bugle to heaven. I am a better person for knowing you. God Bless
Mike Hagerty Sr.
September 14, 2014
I personally didn't know Capt. Hurt, but i had the priviledge of knowing & working around his Daughter Jenifer at via Christi Hospital & it was a priviledge working with Jenifer. Bill & Shirley Perkins- I was a red coat volunteer. Bless the Family!
September 14, 2014
you was always there for me even at my father's funeral.over the years you would pop up in my mind and get me through the tough many great memories!love you!
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