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Robert Hurley


Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

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

Robert Eugene Hurley was born on October 28, 1930 to Michael and Mary (McCabe) Hurley in Caledonia, MN.

After graduating from Loretto High School in 1948, he attended college in LaCrosse 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 August 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.

Survivors include his wife, Ardys of Chatfield; one son, Dan (Peg) Hurley of Chatfield; four daughters, Caryn (Joe) Erickson of Fremont, Nebraska; Deb (Rick) VonWald of Chatfield; Chari (Todd) Kruegel of Spring Valley; Dayna (Greg) LaPlante of Chatfield; 14 grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Munk of Menlo Park CA; and Mary LaVerne Plesha of LaCrosse, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, three brothers, and two sisters.

The funeral for Robert Hurley was Monday, March 12, 2012, 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. Riley Funeral Home of Chatfield handled the arrangements.

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