Irene Hurst 1923-2017
Irene June Hurst, 94, Valley Falls, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at Atria Hearthstone East, Topeka.
She was born June 26, 1923, at Russell, the daughter of John Walter Herdt Sr. and Katherine Dumler Herdt. She graduated from Valley Falls High School in 1941 and had lived in Russell, WaKeeney and Clyde before moving to Valley Falls. She had lived in Hillsboro for a short time before returning to Valley Falls after her marriage.
Mrs. Hurst and her husband farmed and operated Hurst Auction Service. They also worked at the Holton Livestock Exchange, where she worked part-time in the sale barn office.
She was confirmed in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and was active at Valley Falls United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, served as United Methodist Women president and served on various committee. She also was a member of Meriden Chapter 399 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Federated Study Clubs and Chapter DK, PEO, as past president, and she served as city and county chairwoman for the March of Dimes.
She married Paul Arthur Hurst on May 3, 1942, in Hillsboro. He died June 13, 1992. She was also preceded in death by a son, Lt. Quentin Foxx Hurst, on Sept. 27, 1968 in Vietnam; her parents; her stepmother, Tabea Steinert Herdt; and six brothers, LeRoy, John, Ralph, Marvin, Leonard and George.
Survivors include her children, Jeffrey Mark Hurst and Loretta Renee Hurst, both of Topeka; grandchildren, Quentin Ashley and M. Ilene Hurst, Overland Park, and Jay Robert and Cortni Jean Hurst, Topeka; great-grandchildren, Garrhett Paul, Cecily Faith, J.D. “Jack” and Corey Matthew Hurst, all of Overland Park; and three siblings, Helen Leona Jordan, Kansas City, Mo., Robert Eugene Herdt, Overland Park, and Ruth Elaine Penner, Newton.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Valley Falls United Methodist Church. Interment followed in Valley Falls Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Falls United Methodist Church Organ Fund, 410 Frazier Ave., Valley Falls, KS 66088; or the Valley Falls Historical Society, 310 Broadway, Valley Falls, KS 66088.