John M. Hurst with his wife Niki and late son Andy

John M. Hurst with his wife Niki and late son Andy

Owner/Funeral Director & Embalmer

John M. Hurst purchased his fathers interest in the firm in 1997.  John is married to the former Niki Olszewski.  John has 5 children, Andy (deceased), Jani Hurst (is a graduate of University of Iowa and currently enrolled in graduate school at Aurora University. Jani studies Psychology), Hayden, Brady and Mason Hurst.   John has been involved in many civic and social organizations including Past president of Peru Rotary, 3rd Degree K OF C, President of Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living, American Red Cross Board Member, Ladd Moose where he was past Governor and member, Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce, LaSalle Business Association, Ladd Business Association, member of St Patricks Church in LaSalle.  I.F.D.A. District 5 where he had been a prior officer.

Email: jmh650@yahoo.com


Hayden D. Hurst

Hayden D. Hurst

Funeral Director and Embalming Apprentice

Hayden Hurst is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He is the son of John Hurst of LaSalle and Rena Foster of Peru. He graduated from LaSalle-Peru Township High School in 2013. He is a fourth generation funeral director for his family's business. Hayden is a member of LaSalle Rotary and LaSalle Business Association.


Kristen Nauman-O'Connell

Kristen Nauman-O'Connell

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Kristen Nauman-O'Connell is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science and she is married to Drayson O'Connell and is the daughter of Rick & Joleen (Data) Nauman of Ladd.  She graduated from Hall High School in 2005.  She joined the funeral home in Oct 2010.


Laverne Stodden

Laverne Stodden

Funeral Assistant

Laverne has been a resident of LaSalle for over 40 years and was born in Effingham, IL.  He married the former Jane Hammer on September 19, 1970, she is a seamstress.  He has two daughters:  Sara & Melissa.  He retired from Saur-Danfoss out of Ames, Iowa.  He is a member of St. Patrick's Church in LaSalle.


Chuck Volker

Chuck Volker

Funeral Assistant

Chuck is a lifelong Wenona resident and is married to the former Carol McClure.    They were married on December 29, 1962.  He has 2 children; a daughter, Sara (Scott) Strauch of Toluca and a son Doug Volker of ElPaso and 5 grandchildren.  Chuck retired as the Director of Maintenance from the Fieldcrest School District.  He is still actively driving a bus for the district and also works for K & K Hardware in Wenona.  He is a member of St. John's Methodist Church in Wenona.


In Memoriam

In Memoriam

James M. Hurst

James M. Hurst 71, of 3001 St. James Dr. in Peru, died March 16, 2009 in Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM Saturday at St. Patrick Church in LaSalle with Rev. Robert Gielow C.M. and Rev. Daniel Ebker officiating. Burial will be at St. Vincent Cemetery in LaSalle. Visitation will be from 3 to 8pm on Friday in the Hurst Funeral Home in LaSalle with a rosary to be recited at 2:45pm. Additional Visitation will be from 8:30 to 9:30am Saturday in the funeral home.

Mr. Hurst was born in Springfield on July 2, 1937 to Arthur and Regina Rademacher Hurst. He married Betty Lushina on May 17, 1958. Mr. Hurst was a second generation funeral director of The Hurst Funeral Homes in LaSalle-Peru, Ladd, Tonica and Wenona.  He was a member of St. Patrick Church, LaSalle-Peru Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Ladd Moose, Ladd Business Association, Illinois and National Funeral Director Associations and St. Vincent's Cemetery Board.  He served on the Lighted Way Board for 36 years, the IVCH Hospital Board for more than 10 years, one of the founding members of The Illinois Valley Hospice Board, the Horizon House Board and was instrumental in beginning LaSalle's 911 System.  Mr. Hurst was a graduate of St. Bede Academy, St. John's College in Minnesota and a 1956 Graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science.Mr. Hurst is survived by wife Betty, 2 sons Jim (Kathy) Hurst of Peru and John (Niki) Hurst of LaSalle, 2 daughters

Lori (Dave) Milus of Peru and Jolene (Tim) Plankenhorn of Oglesby, 15 Grandchildren, 3 Great-Grandchildren, one brother Richard (Mary) Hurst of Schaumburg and one sister Mary Ann Erickson of LaSalle.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Pallbearers will be Zach, Ryan and Abby Milus, Gina (Daryl) Baker, Michael, Andy, Hayden, Jani, Ashley, Brady and Mason Hurst, Nick and Kate Plankenhorn, Jake and Jennifer Marsala and Jonathan Moreno.

Memorials will be directed to St. Bede Academy, Lighted Way, Horizon House or donors choice.


In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Andrew Hurst

Andrew J. "Andy" Hurst, 27, of LaSalle passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday October 1, 2013. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10:30 AM in St. Patrick's Church in LaSalle with his uncle, Abbott Roger Corpus OSB, Rev. Robert Gielow CM, and Very Rev. Antonio Dittmer, pastor of St. Patrick's Church officiating. Burial will be at St. Vincent's Cemetery in LaSalle. Visitation will be in St. Patrick's Church on Friday from 4:00-7:00PM. Andy was born on November 30, 1985 to John Hurst and Rena (Bekeleski) Foster. He graduated from St. Bede Academy in 2004. He attended Illinois Valley Community College and later graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2009. He worked with his grandfather and father at the Hurst Funeral Homes. Andy's ability to see the good in everyone made him the loving person he was. He had an infectious smile and bright blue eyes that were so full of life--a true charmer. His love of elephants came from his trip to Thailand with his mom. His love of sharks came from his trip to Atlantis. "Now Andy, you can go anywhere you wish". He was a member of LaSalle Rotary. Andy is survived by his parents, Rena & Jeff Foster of Peru, John & Niki Hurst of LaSalle, one sister Jani, three brothers, Hayden, Brady and Mason, his maternal grandparents Roland and Charlene Bekeleski of Spring Valley, and his paternal grandmother Betty Hurst of Peru, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather James M. Hurst and his cousin Michael Hurst. Pallbearers will be Hayden, Jani, Brady and Mason Hurst, Zack and Ryan Milus, and John Sampson. In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Andy's name.


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