Walter L. Hurd

May 23, 1929 ‒ February 19, 2021

Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of Delaware, Ohio

Walter L. Hurd, 91 years old, left his earthly home on February 19, 2021.

He was born in Columbus, Ohio May 23, 1929 to Lewis F. and Mercile B. Laughbaum Hurd.

On Oct. 25, 1953 he married Betty Lou Johnson and they celebrated 67 years! In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by his brothers Wilbur L. Hurd (His Identical Twin) and Lewis F, Hurd, Jr. (MIA/KIA WWII) and their parents.

Mr. Hurd graduated from Linden McKinley High School, Columbus, Ohio in 1947 and Ohio State University with B.S. in Music Education in 1951 and an M.A. from Ohio State in 1954.

He taught instrumental and vocal music in Jeffersonville, Ohio, was the First Band Director at Miami Trace, Washington C.H., Ohio and then became the first Assistant Principal at Delaware Hayes High School, Delaware, Ohio and retired from there after 24 years. During his life he played Trombone and other instruments for Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin and other big band names of that era, along with the Delaware Community Band.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War on the USS Eldorado (AGC-11), the USS LSMR 525 and the LST 516 remaining in the Naval Reserve for 40 years as Commanding Officer of Naval Reserve Surface Division 4-97; Commanding Officer of Naval Reserve Officers School; Naval Reserve Public Affairs Co. 4-3 and Chief of Staff for Naval Reserve Group Command 4-32. He retired in 1989 as a Commander with 42 years active and inactive service. He received the following commendations: Enlisted Good Conduct medal; Naval Reserve medal; Armed Forces Reserve medal; Korean Combat medal (3 Stars); United Nations medal; National defense medal; Korean War Service medal; Croix du Bombattant Voluntaire; Medaille Desoperations De L’Organization, and Des nations Unies EnCoree.

After retirement he was a member of Gideon’s International, had a Bible Study at the Delaware County Jail and they attended Delaware Bible Church and then High Street Baptist Church. He led Choirs, band ensembles and sang in Quartets. He was the Chairman of EPU-God and Country Class. A member of TBDBITL Alumni Club/ Ohio LST/AMPHIBS Ass’n/ McHale’s Navy Breakfast Club/ Reserve Officer’s Ass’n/ Naval League of the United States/Delaware Amateur Radio Ass’n/ Delaware Amateur Radio Emergency Service/ Delaware County Retired Teacher’s Ass’n and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Music Honorary).

He loved to spend time with family and to Golf and Fish. His love of the water remained all of his life whether on the boat or at the beach with all his extended family. He and Betty travelled around the world via Military Space A and visited many of the European locations that his Father had been to during WW1. Trier Germany was a favorite destination.

Survivors include Jana (Mark) Jones, Lisa (George) Harmon, Susan (Bill) Barr, Chris Hurd and Amy; grand kids, Jeremy (Tish) Jones, Jasmine (Robbie) Simpson, Kristin (Jeremiah) Morgan, Hunter Lover, Garrett Lover, Jared Barr, Arianne Barr; great grandkids, Haven, Gage, Mason, JJ and Jenna.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valley Side Dr. at W. William Street, Delaware, where services celebrating Walter’s life will follow at 1:00 pm. The services will be livestreamed and can be viewed by visiting the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center Facebook page . Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery with full military Honors.

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, face masks and social distancing will be required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 832, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

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  • Betty and Family,

    I was saddened to hear of Walt’s passing this past weekend. Please accept my deepest condolences and I pray for all of you during this very difficult time. In my younger days, he was one of my principal’s at Hayes and in my later years he was a valuable member of the Delaware Community Concert Band. We have all missed his trombone playing and were grateful to have him as our friend and fellow musician.

    I am grateful to have gotten to know him, Betty and the Family in his later years. A wonderful man who I will miss dearly.

    Anne Pfahler Brandyberry

  • Dearest Hurd Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, but I know Mr. Walter L. Hurd was greeted in Heaven by a beautiful heavenly chorus!

    I had the honor and privilege to be Mr. Hurd’s secretary for many years at Rutherford B. Hayes High School. When I was hired by Delaware City Schools, I was not much older than some of the students there and I always stated that he helped raise me. So blessed by his encouragement, knowledge, care, humor, compassion, work ethic and more. Walter Hurd loved God, his family, and working with everyone. It was not coincidence that we worked together–he showed me how to treat others in life. I am so glad that I listened.

    May God Bless you all during this difficult time.

    Deb Kissinger Carson Schmidt
    Akron, Ohio

  • I can’t say enough about Walter! He was looked up to by so many and myself and DJ are certainly in that number. I mentioned him yesterday in my message and to say all that came to mind would have taken all my time. My deepest condolences to the family. By the word of his testimony I look forward to seeing him again!

  • It was a distinct pleasure to sit next to this naval ” Hero ” during the McHale.s Navy Breakfast Club meetings. Always learned something new about his life!

  • My deepest condolences to you and your family. Our family enjoyed knowing Walter through the Delaware Community Band. Both my husband and son were lucky to have the privilege of playing alongside him in the trombone section. It was a pleasure to have known him. Our prayers are with you as you lay him to rest.

  • God blessed us with this unique gentleman for more than nine decades, though my acquaintance with him and his dear wife numbered only a few meetings over two of them. His light shines brightly through his family, the light of God that lit the way for his life. We are all the better for his having lived!

  • Susan,
    Very saddened to learn of your father’s passing away. Sincere sympathy from your friends at BWIM/ground crew and associate elements. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  • We are so very sorry to hear the passing of your dad. I read the obituary and did not realize he was an identical twin. I know he is so joyous to be in heaven along with his twin and those who went before him. I pray for your peace as you mourn his loss and I am so very happy for him to be in eternal life. God be with you during this difficult time.
    Peace be with you,
    Sally, Jenna, and Dave

  • I’m sure Walters heart was filled with love through his last breath because of the love that surrounded him with family, neutering him, caring for him, ( in his home) and loving him! He had wonderful life experiences for many wonderful years with his family and friends, he was a lucky man! 💔❤️

  • I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Hurd’s passing. He was a good school administrator. I remember his kind smile the most. I was in Jana’s class and got to know Susan on a project for AEP a few years ago. My condolences to your families.
    Linda (Miller) O’Horo

  • In the short time that I knew Walter I grew to appreciate his positive outlook on life in general.
    Walter was one that loved his family deeply and even more important his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
    My sincere heartfelt condolences to Walter’s family and his many close friends.

  • Dear Lisa,
    I had the privilege of working with you and your awesome Dad. Please know I am thinking of you and your family at this time.

  • Walter and I played softball together back in the mid 70s. As a young Christian man Walt had a tremendous influence in my life. I can still see Walter playing his trombone, Ray Swartz and Dave Eaton playing their trumpets together on Sunday mornings. He was such a gracious gentleman. Thank you for your service.

  • Lisa
    I have only fond memories of your father as he was always ready with a smile and a good sense of humor. He led a wonderful life and I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Dear Hurd family, I am sorry for your loss but also rejoicing that your dad/husband is with the Lord. What a marvelous testimony he had. I remember him fondly as he opened Youth Sunday School with song and stories at Delaware Bible. I also was grateful to know I had a friend in the office when I nervously returned to public school at Hayes. Grateful for the wonderful family he raised and his service to our country. Praying for your comfort in the days ahead.

  • Herd family, we were saddened to hear of your loss and wish to send condolences and warmth to you on these difficult days. We are sure he will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Rob and Linda Ellingsworth.

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