EUREKA – Robert “Bob” R. Hurst, 95, died at 9:40 a.m., Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
He was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Princeton, Ind., the son of Verner and Mae Ellen Saatkamp Hurst. He married Wilma R. Reeder on Dec. 8, 1945, in Chester, Pa. She died July 7, 2009.
Survivors include one daughter, Dr. Jane Velez, Peoria, with whom he lived the last year of his life; five grandchildren, Lisa Charkatz, Christian Galladora, Robert Velez, Courtney Velez and Sarah (Scott) Howard and eight great-grandchildren, Locke (Lourdes) Howard, Gabriel “Bear” (Skylar Garza) Velez, Zoe (Ian) Galladora, Hannah Charkatz, Becky (Maggie Gonzales) Reardon, Taos N.M., Connie (Barry) Hippensteel, Anderson, Ind., Kathleen (George) Ramsey, Indianola, Wa., and Dr. Gene (Ina Takashima) Reardon, Auburn, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Richard Hurst, one brother, James Hurst, and one sister, Geraldine Reardon.
Robert graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree from Anderson (Ind.) University in 1944, where he served as class president as a senior and where he also met his wife. He served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946 aboard the USS Arkansas. Robert was voted first out of 144 Commissioned Officers as “most likely to succeed in a military career.” He earned a master’s degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., and his doctorate in school administration from New York (N.Y.) University. Robert taught algebra, geometry and trigonometry at Evanston Township High School from 1948 to 1986, where he also chaired the mathematics department. He was a Chicago Cubs’ fan since he lived in Evanston. Robert attended Winnetka Bible Church while in Evanston and Liberty Bible Church after he moved to Eureka in 1999. He enjoyed studying the Bible and studying scripture, praying and doing volunteer work. Robert started the chimes choir at Maple Lawn in Eureka, where he often led the weekly hymn sing. He also volunteered for Meals on Wheels, Gideon’s International and the Alzheimer’s Wing at Maple Lawn. Robert also met with victims and offenders as a volunteer mediator for the Woodford County Victim-Offender Mediation Program. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. Robert was a role model for his children and grandchildren, for students and friends who know him and especially those close to him. Family and friends have many stories that speak to his character.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Stewart Harmony Cemetery, Metamora, where military rites will be conducted, followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. at Liberty Bible Church with the Rev. Tom Zobrist officiating. There will be no visitation. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka, is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Eureka Bible Church.