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.