Hurley P. Isbel

February 09, 1926 ‒ April 05, 2015

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Hurley P. Isbel, 89, of Bellville passed away Sunday afternoon, April 5, 2015 in Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.

The son of Hugh and Effie (Bailey) Isbel, Hurley was born February 9, 1926 in Fordtown, Tennessee. From 1944-1946, Hurley served in the Navy during WWII as a Fireman First Class. In 1947 he moved from Tennessee to Lexington, and on June 8, 1951 he married Katherine (Miihlbach) Isbel.

A truck driver, Hurley drove for Pringle Trucking, Duff Truck Lines, and most recently, OK Truck Company. He retired in 1988.

Hurley was a member of the Lexington Grace Brethren Church where for 26 years served as youth director, and was also head usher.  Hurley was a Grace Christian school board member.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and both flower and vegetable gardening.  Hurley loved to bird watch, his favorites were blue birds.

He is survived by his daughter Helen (Robert) Reed of Lexington; grandchildren Eric (Stacey) Isbel, Linda (Kenny) Hootman, Ryan Reed, Terry (Brianne) Reed; great grandchildren Wyatt and Garrett Isbel, Chloe Hootman, Jade, Mason, and Jasper Reed; sisters Pearl Psimer, Betty Depue, and Iva Cecil; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Katherine Isbel, son Hurley “Ray” Isbel, two brothers and three sisters.

The family will receive friends Thursday April 9, 2015 from 4-7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 7 p.m.  The Rev. Matthew Rupple will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the National Kidney Foundation  may be made through the funeral home.

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  • Hurley, you are clearly one of the “Great Cloud of Witnesses” and we have been blessed to have had your love in our life, your leadership and service in our church body, and your most sincere friendship in Jesus Christ with all your brothers and sisters in Christ. We will miss you here, but rejoice that you are there; “absent from the body, present with The Lord”! See you soon, my friend!

  • Oh Hurley,
    I will miss you at the store but now you are with your sweet bride! See you both someday, my dear friends! Deepest condolences to the family.

  • A true child of God through his genuine faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, demonstrated over the years in faithful service to other believers.

  • I am so sorry for yout loss. May you find some solace from the thought found at Revelation 21:4. Soon death will be no more.

  • Anyone that ever spent time with Hurley would hear him talk about “The Three Laurie’s”. As one of the 3, I could always count on an ear-to-ear grin from him as soon as we saw each other, followed by hearing about “The Three Laurie’s” for about the “millionth” time. (back in the dark ages, when Lex GBC was new, Lauri Keckler, Laura Arehart and myself were the recipients of his humor & wrath, very much to our delight) It was worth listening to him tell about that because he laughed so hard while telling it. I loved his laugh and orneriness !! Years later, when my daughter Angie worked at Decker’s, she called me to ask if I knew an old guy named “Hurley”…I hadn’t been in contact with him in a long time and it made me smile to know that another generation was now dealing with his wry humor & unrelenting teasing and since he would realize she was my daughter, well, it was ON ! She loved telling me about her latest conversation with him and I took that chance to give her more “ammunition” to tease him back with. He even was introduced to my granddaughter, Mercedes, and so the tradition continued yet another generation. Helen, he was proof that God has a sense of humor, too, and will be missed by many !

  • I miss you so much grandpa. I will never forget you, give dad a hug for me love you both.

  • So sorry for your loss, Hurley was a special man, had a great green thumb and shared with the world. I will miss his stories.

  • I worked with Hurley back in the “Duff ” days and can still hear his voice and
    see his smile. He was a wonderful man. I’m so sorry I missed the calling and
    service as I did not know about it until the next day. My sincere sympathy to
    the family and friends, he’ll be greatly missed.