John W. "Jack" Hurd

  • Born: October 5, 1934
  • Died: March 13, 2018
  • Location: Kent, Ohio

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Kent, OH 44240
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Tribute & Message From The Family

John W. 'Jack' Hurd, 83, of Kent, died peacefully Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born October 5, 1934 in Warren, to Herbert E. and Eloise (Cain) Hurd. He was a veteran of the Army serving in Korea. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Kent for 70 years and served as the Chairperson of the Music Committee for many years. Jack graduated from Kent State High School in 1952, then attended Kent State University, where he was a member of Delta Upsilon. He received his BS in Education and his MFA in Music and in MEd in Education Administration. He began his career as a music teacher and choir director at Davey Junior High School in 1962 where he later became the Assistant Principal. He then became the Assistant Principal at Theodore Roosevelt High School where he ended his career as Principal. Jack taught music education at the Kent State University branches for many years and was the founder of the Kent State University Men's Chorus. He was the Choir Director for 25 years at the Presbyterian Church of Kent.

Jack played the piano in several local bands including TGIF, The Swing Machine and Bill Smith's Music Men. He was a member of the Kent Rotary Club and was the featured musical performer at each meeting. Jack was an avid and very good golfer, an excellent bridge player, a Roseville Pottery collector and a daily worker of crossword puzzles. He was a hardcore and often overzealous follower of the Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers, Indians and The Ohio State University Buckeyes. Music was his passion, arranging music and performing throughout Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Jack studied Jazz Piano with Pat Pace for 10 years.

Jack loved to spend time with his family and took great pride in his children and grandchildren. He cherished the annual summer family vacation to Topsail Island, NC and spending time with his wife Alice in Marathon, FL.

He is survived by his wife, Alice (Hausch) Hurd, whom he married in 1959; children, Sally (Bob) Dean of Kent and Julie (Eric) Schmidt all of Kent and John Hurd Jr. of Stow; grandchildren, Jocelyn (Justin Schaefer) Schmidt, Luke Schmidt, Abby Dean, Ryan Dean, Kyle Schmidt and Dylan Schmidt; siblings, Herb (Lorna) Hurd of Tallmadge, Nancy (Chuck) Doremus of Grand River, Linda ( Larry) Harvey of Ft. Myers, Russell (Pat) Hurd of Copley; sister-in-law, Chari Hurd of Akron; brother-in-law, Jack (Deane) Hausch of Akron; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert E. Hurd in 1972; mother, Eloise Hurd in 1996; and brother, Kenneth Hurd in 2016.

Jack's family now knows that he has access to limitless golf courses, beautiful ocean views and well-tuned pianos.

Calling hours will be held 4-7 PM Thursday, March 22nd at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Friday, March 23 at United Methodist Church of Kent with Rev. Dr. David Palmer and Rev. Douglas Denton officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Kent City Schools Music Programs, 321 N. DePeyster Street, Kent, OH 44240 or United Methodist Church of Kent, Music Programs, 1435 E. Main Street, Kent, OH 44240.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Posted by Julie Hurd-Schmidt - Kent, OH - Daughter   August 27, 2020

Just a few more words about Jack. He was talented - academically, athletically, socially and musically. He was a good friend to me, caring and giving. Many people with those talents and, at a relatively young age, would not find the space to be a friend to a guy like me. "J-Babe", as Jack liked to be called, could and did.

Posted by Dave Caris - OAKHURST, CA - friend   March 07, 2019

Hello everyone. I send my sincerest sympathy for Jack's passing. However, may you all celebrate a long and full and successful life he lived of which you are all a part. ..Wow how time flies.. I first met Jack's mother as my kindergarten teacher whom I had the pleasure of having again as my second grade teacher. I liked her both times. I met John (Jr) in middle school choir. Through John I met his mom and sisters, and Jack at RHS as (of course) the principal. Always friendly and to the point and helpful. The acquaintance was much appreciated. He is well remembered.

Posted by Jennifer Wolf - Dublin, OH - Family Friend   May 20, 2018

We were so sorry to hear of Jack's passing! We loved him as a teacher and as a devoted friend of Tom Sr. For years- golfing buddies! A fun, kind and special man.

Posted by Tom and Marty Campana - Dublin, OH - Friend   April 07, 2018

Jack was a very good friend of my mom Jeanne Beck-Wervey. I remember having your family over to our home for dinner. I think my mom served pasta for the meal.

I think my best memory was having Mr. Hurd, as the director of the Fall Festival Chorus. We would practice once a week at Suffield United Church of Christ. It was amazing how he could take a group of people, and transform our voices into a beautiful work of music. I was a teenager at that time, but can still see his vitality while directing.

I send our sympathy on behalf of my mom. God bless your family.

Posted by Deborah Beck-Izbinski - Meadville, PA - Friend   March 28, 2018

The Duke family lived on Willow Street. I was just a baby but our paths crossed again when I got to Davey Jr and Roosevelt. He was a funny guy and I thought the world of him.

Posted by Debbie Duke Dingies - Kent, OH - Neighbor   March 24, 2018

Alice, We were so sorry to hear of Your loss. We thought so highly of him. Sincerely, Paulette and Bernie

Posted by Paulette Cahn - Cartersville, GA - Friend   March 22, 2018

I learned to know Jack when my Brimfield class went to Kent State University High School for grades 10 through 12.

We worked together with others on our reunions the past 20 or so years.

I always enjoyed talking with him as I was a high school teacher.

He is missed.

Posted by Saundra Mankamyer Weaver - Suffield, OH - Classmate   March 22, 2018

Jack and I were fraternity brothers at KSU and he was responsible for much of my progress and maturing while there. We also got into some minor trouble together! He led our fraternity to several 1st place finishes in the annual SongFest competition but because of my vocal "skill" Jack asked that I only mouth the words. When my sweetheart and I married in 1957 Jack was Best Man. I grew up in Ravenna and, perhaps naturally, was not a fan of Kent Roosevelt. I am sure that Jack brought much value to that school. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

Posted by David Caris - Oakhurst, CA   March 19, 2018

I am so sorry to read of Jack's passing. The world would be a much better place if there were more like him.
Jack was one of the first people to welcome me to Davey Jr. High. He came up to me, introduced himself, welcomed me to the staff, and told me if there was ANYTHING that he could help me with just to let him know. From that point on he called me " Bob-O ". I am very appreciative for that name, because over the years I've been called and answered to much worse!!!
I last saw him a few years ago at a venue in Portage Lakes. It was a bit noisy and I heard
"Bob-O, Bob-O". I knew it was Jack. We talked for a while before Jack had to get back to the band. As always, it was so nice to see and talk to him.
People can be judged by many things over their lifetime. One is family. I had all three children in class, Sally, Julie, and John.
The three of them, through their actions and manners had to make Jack and Alice very proud.
You guys done good!! (Please forgive me English teachers at DJHS)
To the Hurd Family---My Sincere Condolences. The Lord broke the mold when he created Jack Hurd. I loved that man.

Bob Houser

Posted by Bob Houser - Barberton, OH   March 18, 2018

Offering our deepest sympathies during this time.

Posted by The Staff of Bissler & Sons Funeral Home - Kent, OH   March 18, 2018

With heartfelt sympathy and Love at this difficult time. Love follows us wherever we go. Your friend, Daryle

Posted by Daryle Fullum - Ravenna, OH - Friend   March 17, 2018

A good person and dedicated musician. His father had a fine voice and I heard a grandson who does too. The tradition continues.

Posted by David Dix - Sugar Bush Knolls, OH - Friend   March 16, 2018

Prayers from MI relatives

Posted by Amy Locke - Jackson, MI - Family   March 16, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Hurd was always kind. Prayers for the family.

Posted by Adriane Williams - Strongsville, OH - Student   March 15, 2018

So sorry to hear this news. All of the Hurd Family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you.

Posted by Bob & Mary Laubert - Palm Beach Gardens, FL - Teacher   March 15, 2018

Rest In Peace. Our condolences to the Hurd family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Lisa (Johns) and Sur VanHoose - Ft Myers, FL - Friend   March 15, 2018

I met Mr. Hurd back in the mid 70's when we moved to Kent, and my Dad became Band Director at Roosevelt. He was not only very welcoming to our family, but to me as well. He and my Dad became good friends, sharing their love for music. Then when my Dad passed away, he was such a help to my Mom and our family during that trying time. I can remember my Mom always talking about how thankful she was for his help and guidance. My brother, Kevin (who is also gone), loved Mr. Hurd and remarked how he always looked out for him. Kevin was in a wheelchair, and faced a lot of obstacles coming back into a public school system in those days. When I moved back to Kent several years ago, and was at a football game, I ran into Mr. Hurd. It was so good to see him, and catch up, and talk about some of the good old times. I can only say that I know he will now be able to catch up with my Mom, my Dad and my Brother....all who are ready to welcome another friend in their eternal home.

Posted by Lori Knapp - Kent, OH - Family Friend   March 15, 2018

It's the end of an era... I only knew you next to my dad.. It gives me peace to believe you are together now.

Posted by sally 2 dege - Family Friend   March 14, 2018

I was one of the few Asian students in Kent Roosevelt High School, fresh-off-a-boat from Korea and he made me feel so welcomed. One of my fondest memory that I remember and I still tell people is when he taught me to play jazz piano. I was classically trained and had a hard time learning the piano jazz piece. As I set there alone in the choir room, trying to understand the dissonant cords, Mr. Hurd poked his head and asked me if he can help. He then showed me his amazing piano skills and showed me how the song actually sounds and how all the dissonance get resolved in few measures. He was an amazing person, kind hearted and made everyone around him feel cherished and valued. He will be missed.

Posted by Soojin Kim - Denver, CO - Student   March 14, 2018

Mr Hurd was my first teacher in my first class on my first day of 7th grade at Davey Junior High School in 1963. We were, at first, scared of Mr. Hurd, but he proved to be a good guy and we all liked him and going to his room for class, especially when he played the piano. I think I still know the words to "Men of Harlick" which we sang often. I'm very sad to know you are gone Mr Hurd. Hit em long and straight.

Posted by Carey Gardner - New Philadelphia, OH - Student   March 14, 2018

Jack and I spent many, MANY, hours playing together on bandstands and we NEVER disagreed as to style, tempo, volume, etc. I loved Jack like a brother and he's always been my best friend! We first met in 1952 when our high school basketball teams played against each other. Jack played for Kent State H.S. and I played for Coventry H.S. Later, after we'd both served in the military, we met again, studying music education at Kent State. For many years now, my wife, Elaine, and Jack and Alice have gone out to eat together once a week at many area restaurants. We had a lot in common since all four of us were retired educators. We both played in the Swing Machine for several years. Our most recent playing has been for the Kent Rotary along with a great bass player, Brad Bolton. I am so thankful for the many, MANY, fun times we shared. Thank you Jack, and thank you, Lord!

Posted by Jim Martin - Munroe Falls, OH - Friend   March 14, 2018

Family Album

Alice & Jack. Taken at Akron Woman's City Club, August 2012 by Carole Fedorovich