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Jeffrey Louis Hurd

February 22, 2023

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Jeffrey “Jeff” Louis Hurd, 66, of Hesston, Kansas, passed away on February 22, 2023, while traveling in Slovenia.

Services for Jeff will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Petersen’s Family Funeral Home in Newton, Kansas, with a reception following at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made in Jeff’s name to the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, or to the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Jeff was born in Perry, Iowa on December 18, 1956, to Marion and Jean (Doran) Hurd. His family farmed for years in Ogden, Iowa, then moved to New Virginia, Iowa where he graduated from Interstate 35 High School in 1975. Jeff attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, studying farm power and equipment mechanics, then began his career with Massey Ferguson in Des Moines in 1976. There he met the love of his life Deb (Odefey) Hurd on a blind date. They were married on September 29, 1979.

In his early years at Massey Ferguson, Jeff participated in harvest runs across the state, his ready smile visible behind the tractor wheel in old photos. When the company was acquired by AGCO, Jeff moved with his family from Indianola, Iowa to Liberty, Missouri in 1993, then again to Hesston, Kansas in 2001.

Jeff was a devoted husband and father, spending weekends camping and boating with his family, and taking them on regular trips to their cabin on Lake Minnitaki in Ontario, Canada. His extraordinary love for his wife was evident to all who met them and saw his constant adoration and affection. He also cared intently for others, attending to every detail while no one was watching. To his kids and grandkids, he was a loving and silly “Papa”, always ready to play. His family will treasure memories of his silly faces, wry humor, infectious laugh, ability to fix anything, and his sweaty brow when eating sweet corn.

Jeff is survived by his wife Deb (Odefey) Hurd; his three children: Stephanie (Matt) Elliott of Parkville, Missouri, Becca (Chris) Jones of Kansas City, Missouri, and Chris (Jen) Hurd of Derby, Kansas; his four siblings: Bob (Evelyn) Hurd of Lawndale, California, Fr. Tim Hurd of Shreveport, Louisiana, Ron (Ruth) Hurd of Marshalltown, Iowa, and Ginger (Mike) Broussard of Shreveport, Louisiana; his grandchildren: Annabel, Emma, Phoebe, Ivy, Porter, Hazel, River, Lincoln, and Maverick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jeff is preceded in death by his parents: Marion and Jean (Doran) Hurd, his grandson: Crosby, and his niece: Kirsten.

-lovingly written by the family

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15 thoughts on “Jeffrey Louis Hurd

  1. We will so miss him as our Canadian neighbor. The Hurd family has helped us so many times thru the years. Our sympathy to all.

  2. My deepest condolences Jeff was a grade behind me in school in Ogden he was a super nice guy God Bless all

  3. So much fun. He was always willing to drag another person around the lake on the tube. I know he will be truly missed.

  4. Jeff was a wonderful, kind and caring friend. He showed a genuine interest in others well being and he always brought smiles and laughter to any occasion. He will be sorely missed by so many friends and acquaintances. My deepest condolences to Deb and family.

  5. We lived around the corner from the Hurd family growing up, road the same school bus, and even babysat a few times. Hugs and prayers to the family.

  6. I am so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. My condolences to his family.
    I have known Jeff since his days at MF at Bell Avenue. I will always remember he had a smile on his face, and always had time to greet you.

  7. So Sorry Deb and your family for your loss. I enjoyed working with Jeff at MF. We was such a nice guy and was always so friendly.

  8. Deb so very sorry to hear of your great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family 🙏

  9. Ron and I lived in Indianola where we were lucky enough to have Deb and Jeff as wonderful neighbors. We are saddened to hear of Jeff’s passing. Prayers for peace to Deb and the family.

  10. This makes me so very sad. Jeff was 2 years behind me in school and they lived just across the mile from us on the farm in Boone county outside of Ogden. Jeff and I were really, really good friends. He was just a great, confident and a wonderful person. His family was very very lucky to have had him. He will always be remembered for his amazing sense of humor. His really smile and his willingness to always be a friend. May God bless your family and may Jeff rest in peace

  11. I was so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. We were very fortunate to have him and their family in our lives when our family was going through so much transition. They were an incredible support system for us and for me. Jeff was a great help when I needed references for my government job as Animal Control Officer. I /we were very lucky to have been graced with their friendship. Blessing to the family and may Jeff rest in Peace.

  12. My deepest sympathy and love to Debbie and all of Marion and Jean’s family. May God rest his soul.♥️

  13. We are keeping Jeff and family in our thoughts and prayers. We wish and hope the love that surrounds your family brings comfort, strength and peace in the times ahead.

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