Robert Hurley

Robert Hurley of Chatfield, Minn., age 81, died Friday, March 9, 2012 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

He was born on Oct. 28, 1930 to Michael and Mary (McCabe) Hurley in Caledonia, Minn. After graduating from Loretto High School in 1948, he attended college in La Crosse for one year.  He went to work for the Houston County Highway Department on a survey crew. After a year, he went back to college at WSU in Winona.  He received his B.A. degree in 1953 and came to Chatfield to teach high school science. On Aug. 19, 1954 he married Ardys Hagen in Caledonia. He received a M.A. degree in Biology from St. Mary’s in Winona in 1968 and Specialist in Education in 1970. He spent all 38 years in teaching and was Dean of Students (for five years) at Chatfield Public School. During the summer months he worked for the Pavlish Lumber Company and Tuohy Furniture Manufacturing. Robert retired from teaching in the spring of 1991. After retirement, he worked full-time for Tuohy Furniture Manufacturing for several years and Hurley Accounting and Tax for 19 years.  Robert was a volunteer  at the Tourism Center, served on the Chatfield city council for 18 years and was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he sat on the church board. He coached baseball and volunteered for many sporting activities. Bob was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. He loved watching his children and grandchildren in sports and enjoyed reading and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Ardys of Chatfield, one son, Dan (Peg) Hurley, Chatfield; four daughters, Caryn (Joe) Erickson, Fremont, Nebraska; Deb (Rick) VonWald, Chatfield; Chari (Todd) Kruegel, Spring Valley; Dayna (Greg) LaPlante, Chatfield, 14 grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Munk,  Menlo Park Calif. and Mary LaVerne Plesha, La Crosse, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, three brothers, and two sisters.

The funeral will be Monday, March 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Patrick Arens and Father Tom Loomis officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be Sunday, March 11 from 3 until 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chatfield and also one hour prior to the service on Monday. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Riley Funeral Home of Chatfield is handling the arrangements.

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