Richard Louis Hurley
March 31, 1940 – February 14, 2021
Richard (Dick) Louis Hurley passed away unexpectedly due to a heart attack on February 14, 2021. He was born to Jim and Arlene Hurley in Battle Creek, Michigan on March 31, 1940 . He was the youngest of three sons. He graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in 19 62. He married Lorene Baker following graduation and they moved to Colorado. They had three sons, Michael, Steven, and Scott. After a divorce he married Kathryn Pershall. Thirty years later she died of Alzheimers . In 2006 he married Carolyn Hill Jackson. In 2019 they moved from Portland to Springbrook Meadows, a Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Oregon.
Dick worked 35 years for General Foods (now Kraft Foods/Heinz) in sales and marketing. He worked in Battle Creek, Michigan; Pueblo, Colorado; and Portland, Oregon.
Dick enjoyed sports, but ice hockey was his favorite as a boy and young adult . Later on watching his three boys playing high school and college sports brought him much joy. When his grandchildren grew up they too played high school and college sports and grandpa was there watching as often as possible. He was a fan of both the Detroit Redwings and Portland Trail Blazers for most of his adult life. Dick also enjoyed gardening, photography, travel, music and "trying" to play golf.
Dick's church activities were many. He served on the church board for many years as well as a member of the Church's Foundation and Chair of the Gift Acceptance Committee. He sang in the adult choir for over 50 years and participated in many smaller groups like New Life Singers and Jensen-Hurley Trio. Dick helped set up a unique kid's basketball program called "Upward Basketball", which ran for 12 years.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his three sons, Mike (Julie) Hurley, Steve (Sheila) Hurley, and Scott Hurley, and his six grandchildren Alyssa, Nicole, Lindsay, Karlie, Andrew, and Ryan Hurley.
Dick was much loved by his wife, Carolyn, his three sons, six grandchildren, and many other family members and friends near and far. A deep hole will remain in all of our lives. However, it gives his family great joy to know he is with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ .
Dick's service will be a small, private, family gathering at Finley Sunset Hills Mortuary on March 6. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in memory of Richard L. Hurley to Jesus Films Harvest Partners at 15055 West 116th Street, Olathe, KS 66062.
Dick Hurley's service will be streamed live and available on the site after the service at https://youtu.be/l1XvsSmVLLs
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Richard Louis Hurley
Bill & Alice Marie Barron
March 3, 2021
It’s a lucky man who has one really true friend in life; I’ve had two. Dick was the first. We grew up together a couple of hundred yards apart on Burnham St., became fast friends during our high school years and remained so until this sad moment. We shared many interests….country music, short-wave radio, TV “DX-ing”…..but none more than Red Wings hockey. We would actually sit in his bedroom listening to live games on radio with Dick wearing his skates and a Wings jersey.
It was Dick that set me up with my first actual “date”…..and my second.
We drifted apart for many years after college, me on the east coast, Dick on the west, but reconnected in 1995 when he and Cathy visited Alice Marie and I in Massachusetts. We had a wonderful time and kept things going with reciprocal visits nearly every year. Dick loved to drive and carted the four of us all over the northwest, first with Cathy and later with Carolyn. Together we traveled to Seattle, Victoria, the Canadian Rockies, Branson, Palm Springs and especially, through Oregon itself, in which he took great interest and pride as a resident. He had encyclopedic knowledge of the state and Portland in particular; he could have been the mayor.
Dick was more than a friend; although a couple of years younger, he was a mentor and role model for how to behave with integrity; he was a “step up” kind of guy and easily the most instantly likeable person I’ve ever known.
And I’ll miss him.
February 28, 2021
Malinda Lennon (Cousin)
Dick was never a cousin, but a brother. Growing up, we had many family get togethers throughout the years and holidays.
Going to their house, and playing with trains, basketball, and being indoctrinated into Red Wings hockey.
At my house, it was a toy washing machine with a ringer. (I never played with dolls, just washed a lot of clothes).
There was always music, and we sat on the floor in front of the radio and listened to “The Lone Ranger and “Only the Shadow Knows”.
Back then, there were many pranks played on people, but I won’t divulge who👍👍👍.
Dick was protective of me, and at my first high school Sock Hop, he made sure I had a safe way home.
We were fortunate to have had loving parents, and Dick was very close to our grandmother “Nannie”, who always called him “Bless His Little Heart”.❤️❤️🙏🙏❤️❤️
You are Missed and now at Peace.
February 26, 2021
Carolyn and family,
There are memories of many good times shared when the Hurley Brothers, Dave, Phil and Dick were united. The laughs, storytelling and practical jokes were non-stop and Dick was a large part of this. I know because on one of his visits to Battle Creek many years ago I fell victim to one of his classic phone pranks. There was always an open invite to visit and share the beauty of Portland and Oregon itself, and Dick was always eager to be your guide. Our only regret is we were never able to make it happen.
May you all find comfort and peace during this very difficult time.
Phil, Ed, Holly, and Tammy
February 26, 2021
Dad-you were an amazing man and father! I couldn't of had a better role model in my life. Your work ethic, sense of humor and integrity have made me the person I am today. Your smile and positive attitude was recognized by everyone. I am so grateful for all the great moments we had and how much we would even laugh about all the shin bruises that Scott, Steve and I gave you with all of our slap shots. I love you and still can't believe your gone. Enjoy Peace in Heaven!!
February 26, 2021
Thanks, wonderful friends and family, for all your kind words. Each person is treasured. All of you were special to him. He was a people lover. He was kind to everyone he met. He was crazy about his three sons, and their wives, his six grandchildren, his new grandson-in-law and soon-to-be another grandson-in-law, as well as his brothers and his nieces and nephews.
I am thankful for the joy of having him for my husband for almost fifteen years. We enjoyed many travel experiences all over our great country as well as fun places in other parts of our world. I am missing him but know I will see him again in the life everlasting. I thank my God for him!
He loved his church and singing in the choir as well as with other other small groups. He helped start a kid’s basketball program and enjoyed being a referee. He helped me with teaching a kids Sunday School class. The children were always happy when he was there!
Dick was a people-lover and that love was reciprocated.! 😍
February 25, 2021
Dear friend Carolyn I’m so deeply sorry for the lost of your beloved husband Dick.
Even tho I only knew him for about two years I have nothing but great memories of carrying conversations with you both before and after the service. I remember the first time I visit the Portland campus by my self I sat in front of you guys and you both were so welcoming and carrying from that moment on I knew that was the bench I wanted to sit if I was going to come back again the 4th row in the center of the church.
Goodbye for now my friend Dick till we meet again in the presence of our Lord.
Mark & Kirsten Hurley
February 25, 2021
To all of Dick's family, please know both of us are thinking of you and sending you all our thoughts of comfort during this difficult time. We are struggling as well. We are both thinking of the many stories and conversations we had with Dick over the years and will always cherish each and every one of them. We particularly are thinking of the 2011 Hurley family reunion and all the wonderful memories that week provided of Dick, Dave and Phil along with all the family events Dick and Carolyn worked on to ensure everyone had a wonderful time. We truly appreciated all Dick did to make sure it went over so well. And we still get a huge smile when we think of Dick giving his brother (and my father) the BOX for all of my dad's "speeches"! And we still have our Hurley t-shirts from that gathering. I also think very fondly when we got together with Dick, Carolyn, Luke and Malinda in Vegas and went to the second home game of the Golden Knights existence to watch them play the Red Wings. What a wonderful memory. Dick will remain in our thoughts forever and we will continue to think of Carolyn, the boys and their families, Phil and all of the Hurley clan and all of his friend as we send our thoughts to all.
Mark and Kirsten
February 24, 2021
My heart was broken after I learned the news of uncle Richard’s passing! My thoughts and prayers are with the rest of the family as I know how difficult these days can be. I have been working with uncle Richard over the past few months on a children’s book about grandma Hurley’s lost parakeet. It is almost complete and it makes me sad that he could not see the completed published book. I know he and my dad along with grandma Hurley will be smiling about it in heaven though. Sending hugs to all the family!
February 24, 2021
Dick has been my close friend since 1979 when we met at PFCN. I think over the years we both had broken ribs from laughing! Even though we live in Alaska now, we have stayed connected and have been able to see each other when we come home for a visit. One of my fondest memories of Dick is when together we took the lead on raising funds for the gym floor and bathrooms at PFCN with an auction. For months, we ran all over the Portland area picking up donations and the auction was a fantastic success. Dick liked to prank people a lot. I had just received a 60' railcar of refrigeration equipment and the entire shipment was damaged and Union Pacific was giving me a hard time about the claim. Dick called my office disguising his voice saying he was Robert Short the President of Union Pacific telling me that they refused to pay and where do I want my "junk" delivered! He got me good and I was very angry until he started laughing! Never have I known a more loving and dedicated husband and father. He will be greatly missed and Lyndee and I will continue to Pray for Mike, Scott, Steve, Carolyn and all of the grandkids.
February 20, 2021
One of the best friends I’ve ever had. Dick was a model of immense integrity.
February 18, 2021
Your storytelling, singing, smiles, and encouragement will be so very missed by us all. Thank you, Grandpa, for supporting and igniting my passion for animals and my joy for the smallest, simplest things life has to offer like putting banana slices in my cereal and wandering your garden as if it was Narnia. Your friends and family love you so much!
February 17, 2021
RIP Dick, God bless you in heaven for the great life you had ,and for the great father you always were. Carolyn, God bless you for all the love and support you gave him, I know you made him happy. For my boys, just know I love you very much, and I understand your grief!
February 16, 2021
My heartfelt sympathy. I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Know I hold you all in my heart.