Gail R. Hurrelbrink

February 1, 1939February 15, 2013
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Gail Roland Hurrelbrink, 74, of Springfield, passed away on Friday February 15, 2013 at his residence. He was born on February 1, 1939 in Jacksonville, the son of Harold Leroy and Mary Elizabeth Sayre Hurrelbrink. He married Jean Royston on November 20, 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada and she survives.

Mr. Hurrelbrink is also survived by his son Mark (Clare) Hurrelbrink of Chicago, two daughters: Ann (John) Mullenix of Springfield, and Lynn (Ken) Maloy of Zachary, Louisiana, three step-children: Debra Heckenkamp of Springfield, Kenneth (Sue) Hansen of Springfield, and Laura (Rob) Sampson of Pawnee, ten grandchildren: Kaitlin Maloy, Lydia Hurrelbrink, Connor Maloy, Jordan Hurrelbrink, Jason (Sarah) Hansen, Stephanie (Eric) Heckenkamp, Lindsay (Kory) Kovski, Emilie Heckenkamp, Ashleigh (Tim) Sommer, and Connor Sampson, six great-grandchildren, one brother Roger (Sandi) Hurrelbrink of Winchester, one sister Judith (Louis) Chaves of Lakeville, Massachusetts, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gail was raised on the family’s farm in Scott County, Illinois where they farmed corn, soybeans, and raised cattle, and during those years he was member of Scott County 4-H and FFA. He graduated from Winchester High School in 1957, Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1962, and then went on to serve in the US Army National Guard. Mr. Hurrelbrink worked for several seed companies in agriculture sales for many years, and then went to work for Terminix in Springfield retiring after twelve years of service. Gail also worked as a security guard and volunteer at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and in his free time he participated in two bowling leagues. Mr. Hurrelbrink was a member of Parents Without Partners as a Jacksonville representative, the Cool Cruisers, the ’97 Crusaders in Petersburg, and the Antique Automobile Club of America in Springfield.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Friday February 22, 2013 at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 East Allen St., with burial to follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Jacksonville, IL. The family will meet friends from 4:30-7:30pm Thursday at the funeral home. The family encourages friends driving in procession to the cemetery drive their classic cars in tribute of Gail’s passion for collecting fine automobiles. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the National Arthritis Foundation, and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Visitation Thursday, February 21, 2013
  • Funeral Friday, February 22, 2013

Gail R. Hurrelbrink

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Charles & Barbara Wheeler

February 26, 2013

Our condolences to Gail's family. We volunteered at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum from 2005 thru 2010 and came to know Gail as a person who always made you smile. We enjoyed knowing him and we know you miss him. May God put his loving arms around all of you in your loss.

February 24, 2013

Mark, Ann and Lynn & family

We will always recall your father most fondly. His easy going, friendly nature was a reflection of his true warmth. He was always so proud of his children.
We will share your loss.

David & Ginda Woodruff

Bea Parisi

February 22, 2013

Lynn, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I know that he will remain with you in spirit. Both you and your family, along with your dad will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Sandy Acardo

February 22, 2013

Lynn, you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers all week. My heart just aches for you, and I wish there were words to take away the sorrow. Rest in God's peace knowing that your dad is in the arms of our Lord. Know that your friends are sending love and prayers from Baton Rouge.

Barbara Robertson

February 22, 2013

Lynn, I extend my deepest sympathies during your time of loss to you and your family.You have been in my thoughts and prayers thru out this trying time. I pray that the loving memories of your Father will bring you comfort and peace, and remember Earth has no pain that Heaven cannot heal.
Please know that I am here for you.
Barbara Robertson, Baton Rouge City Court

Larry Sipes

February 22, 2013

So Sorry for your lose. Carol and I were on our way to visitation but turned back due to storm. Took three hours to get home.

Sharon Nation

February 22, 2013

Jean and family,

Sorry to hear of Gail's passing. He is at peace now and has seen the face of Jesus. My prayers and thoughts will be with you in the days ahead. Jean, I will see you at Red Hats in April.

Helen Pokora

February 22, 2013

Jean and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I met Gail (and Jean) many years ago at PWP, and I would run into Gail every once in a while over the years. He would always stop to talk and be so pleasant while we "caught up". I will miss those occasional chats. There are too few really nice people like Gail! He will be missed by many.

Donna Carter

February 21, 2013

Dear Lynn, I was so very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My heart weighs heavy this day with thoughts of you and your family. I am praying that God gives you peace in knowing that your father is now in a better place and that He gives you the strength to persevere through this very difficult time.

Lori Johnson-Chapman

February 21, 2013

Mark, Ann and Lynn I am so sorry for your loss. Words can never express the sorrow of loss of a loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.