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Hurd, James "Jim" Laverne 1954-2009


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 9/11/2012 at 14:27:50

Jim Hurd, age 54, of Decorah, Iowa, died on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, in Flippin, Arkansas, of an apparent heart attack, while visiting relatives.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 2, 2009, at the Big Canoe Lutheran Church, rural Decorah, Iowa, with Rev. David Andreae officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 2:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, 604 South Avenue, Decorah, IA, and after 10:00 a.m. at the church on Monday morning.

James “Jim” Laverne Hurd was born on July 16, 1954, the son of Maurice Edgar and Irene Harriett (Buenneke) Hurd in Oelwein, Iowa. Jim graduated as class president from West Central High School of Maynard in 1972. He married Rita Steinbronn on September 15, 1972, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Westgate, IA, and to this union, two children were born: Heather and Aaron. He worked for Seig Motor Company and Gulf States Plastics in Oelwein. In 1976, he moved with his family to Big Canoe Road, north of Decorah, to take up farming with his father-in-law. In 1983, he bought a smaller farm, two miles down the road. Jim went to work for Northern Engraving in 1984 and worked there until 1991, when he joined Camcar in Decorah where he worked in Quality Control, Heat-treat and Customer Complaints. Jim had two children and five grandchildren who made the sun rise in his life. They loved to go to Highlandville with him when he went for coffee each evening with Loren and Gus. Jim loved everything about hunting – but mostly spending time with his friends and family, teaching young people to hunt and to love the outdoors. Jim knew everyone in a four county area, due to his auctioneering with Steve Darrington at church bazaars. Jim was a member of the Big Canoe Lutheran Church, the Highlandville Literary Society and the Three Dorks Club. He will be loved and missed by everyone who knew him.

Jim is survived by his wife: Rita Hurd, Decorah, IA. One daughter: Heather (Mark) Vilardo, Virginia Beach, VA. One son: Aaron (Shannon) Hurd, Ridgeway, IA. Five grandchildren: Faith, Gabriel & Noah Vilardo and Jason & Preston Hurd. Two sisters: Maurene (Tom) Arlington, Casco, MI and Barbara (Curt) Orr, Maynard, IA. One brother: George (Deb) Hurd, West Union, IA. Jim’s father and mother-in-law: Wilbert & Marjorie Steinbronn, Westgate, IA. One brother-in-law: Russell (Chris) Steinbronn, Westgate, IA. Three sisters-in-law: Deb Steinbronn, Westgate, IA; Ruth (Dave) Garrigus, Oelwein, IA and Ronda (Jim) Avenson, Westgate, IA. Two uncles: David Hurd, Oelwein, IA and Lawrence Hurd, Westgate, IA. Two aunts: LaRyne (Raymond) Mills, Maynard, IA and Brenda Earls, Broken Arrow, OK, along with many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents: Maurice and Irene Hurd. One brother-in-law: Ron Steinbronn and one niece: Jenny Earls.

Source: Schluter - Balik Funeral Home database

Big Canoe Lutheran cemetery

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bruce Kuennen.
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