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John W. "Jack" Hurd
  • Kent City Schools Music Programs
    321 N. DePeyster Street
    Kent, OH 44240
  • United Methodist Church of Kent Music Programs
    1435 East Main Street
    Kent, OH 44240

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1 of 22 | Posted by: Julie Hurd-Schmidt - Kent, OH

“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...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Dave Caris - OAKHURST, CA

“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...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Jennifer Wolf - Dublin, OH

“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...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Tom and Marty Campana - Dublin, OH

“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...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Deborah Beck-Izbinski - Meadville, PA

“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...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Debbie Duke Dingies - Kent, OH

“Alice, We were so sorry to hear of Your loss. We thought so highly of him. Sincerely, Paulette and Bernie ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: Paulette Cahn - Cartersville, GA

“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...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Saundra Mankamyer Weaver - OH

“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...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: David Caris - Oakhurst, CA

“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...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Bob Houser - Barberton, OH

“Offering our deepest sympathies during this time. ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: The Staff of Bissler & Sons Funeral Home - OH

“With heartfelt sympathy and Love at this difficult time. Love follows us wherever we go. Your friend, Daryle ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Daryle Fullum - Ravenna, OH

“A good person and dedicated musician. His father had a fine voice and I heard a grandson who does too. The tradition continues. ”
13 of 22 | Posted by: David Dix - Sugar Bush Knolls, OH

“Prayers from MI relatives ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Amy Locke - Jackson, MI - Family

“I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Hurd was always kind. Prayers for the family. ”
15 of 22 | Posted by: Adriane Williams - Strongsville, OH

“So sorry to hear this news. All of the Hurd Family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you. ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Bob & Mary Laubert - FL - Teacher

“Rest In Peace. Our condolences to the Hurd family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: Lisa (Johns) and Sur VanHoose - FL

“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...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Lori Knapp - Kent, OH

“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. ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: sally 2 dege - Family Friend

“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...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Soojin Kim - Denver, CO - Student

“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....Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Carey Gardner - New Philadelphia, OH

“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...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Jim Martin - Munroe Falls, OH

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.