Loyd R. Hurst

November 6, 1916May 16, 2013

Loyd Russell Hurst, 96, of Greencastle passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

He was born on November 6, 1916 in Putnam County to George Hurst and Ada McCammack Hurst.

Mr. Hurst was a 1935 graduate of Belle Union High School. He graduated from Indiana State Teachers College in 1939 and received his Master’s degree 1941 from Indiana University. Mr. Hurst began his teaching career at Cloverdale High School and then moved to Bloomington High School.

Mr. Hurst joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served as the Administrative Officer of the Navy Radio School located at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio early in WWII. Upon completion of this duty, Mr. Hurst was assigned to the Naval Communication School at Harvard University. Upon graduation he was transferred to the Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor. He was then assigned to the staff of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz who was the Commander In Chief of the Naval Operations in the Pacific Area. Lieutenant Hurst was aboard the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945 when the Japanese surrendered.

Upon his return from the war, Mr. Hurst spent the next 32 years in the field of education. He was the Principal of Quincy High School, Cloverdale High School, Jones Elementary School and Ridpath Elementary School. He retired in 1978 as Assistant Superintendent and Business Manager of the Greencastle Community School system. Mr. Hurst was the last Putnam County Superintendent of Schools when the county schools were reorganized in their present setup.

Mr. Hurst served in many educational programs. He was appointed by the Governor of Indiana to serve on the State Board of Education, and was elected to the Board of Control of the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

He was a long time member of Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, and a life member of the Cloverdale Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Carl Hurst and Paul Hurst; four sisters, Helen Elrod, Freda Parker, Jean Staley and Lillian Arnold; and his wife, Nellie Kivett Hurst, whom he married on August 22, 1942.

Surviving are his children, John L. Hurst of Portland, Oregon and Susan Mync of Portland, Oregon; a grandson, Paul Mync of Portland, Oregon; a sister, Margaret Rose of Plainfield; a brother, Morris Hurst and wife Wanda of Belle Union; and several nieces and nephews.

Private arrangements have been entrusted to Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home. Interment with Military Honors will be at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Memorials in Mr. Hurst’s name may be made to Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Simpson Street, Greencastle, Indiana 46135.


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May 22, 2013

Dear John, Susan and Paul,
We are so sorry to hear that Loyd had passed away. Sorry that we didn't get to see you, as we are now residents of Ft Myers, FL, one of Loyd and Nellie's favorite places. We have great memories of your dad and mom as upstairs residents at the condo on Ft Myers Beach! Daryl always enjoyed fishing , watching and talking about basketball with Loyd. Great memories of your dad sitting on the pier fishing on the lake at Quincy and eating coconut pie made by my mom Jean. Enjoyed your dad's great wit, humor and intelligence.
Cousin Daryl and Darla Staley

John Sinclair

May 22, 2013

Loyd was an important man in my life. As principal during my last three years of high school he was a respected leader and teacher. Later, he was my mentor during my days as a school superintendent. And over the several years of our retirements he was a good friend. I extend sincere condolences to the family.

Jennie Hurst Beller

May 21, 2013

John and Susan, my dad was your uncle "Paul Allen." I have such fond memories of both Nellie and Loyd. What an amazing man! I loved chatting with Uncle Loyd at the family reunions at the Brazil Park. I am truly sorry for your loss. Jennie Hurst Beller

Linda Buis Huber

May 21, 2013

Hi John, Susan and Paul.

Don't we have some great memories of times in the neighborhood and from listening to the stories our parents told about their past times at school and those times that followed.

When I think of Loyd I think of his smile behind his pipe. I always loved being in both houses--Arlington Street and Walnut Street.

Thanks for the memories.

May 21, 2013

Dear John, Susan, and Paul, I Have many great memories of Loyd, and all the fun we had as neighbors and friends. So sorry for your loss. Love, Debbie Geabes

Lauralee Foerster

May 21, 2013

Lloyd Hurst was our backdoor neighbor!
He was also my Junior High Principal at the old High School!
He came out on the day that President Kennedy died and grabbed me by the shoulder and told me the president had been shot!
Nellie made me a lover of books and reading by reading aloud The Good Master by Kate Seredy! How blessed we were to have your parents in our lives!
Peace be with you all! Hugs, Lauralee Hamilton Foerster

June Pickens

May 20, 2013

Loyd was one of my favorite people I met when I moved to Putnam Co. in 1963. He was a remarkable intelligent man and had a fun loving smile. He was one of many special siblings of Aunt Ada. She would have been proud of all they became. I know their Aunt Pearl was sure proud of them.

May 20, 2013

Mr. Hurst was principal at Cloverdale Schools during most of my years there...he was a good man, a fair man, and cared about the children...I would view Mr. Hurst as a TEACHERS TEACHER....I know where you are Mr. Hurst, and if there were schools in Heaven, you would no doubt be in charge of them....Steve Lasley, Class of 1962