Robert Hurst, 66, technician, taught Sunday school

By on July 11, 2012

Robert Lee Hurst, 66, of New Holland, passed away suddenly Friday, July 6, 2012 at Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born in Lancaster to the late Edwin and Mabel (Weber) Hurst and was the husband of Susan (Hess) Hurst, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage this past June 22.

Robert was a graduate of the Garden Spot High School class of 1964 and graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Goshen College in 1970. He worked as a maintenance technician for Heritage Custom Kitchens, Clean Burn and Mid Atlantic Fasteners. He also repaired vacuum pods for a small at home business. Robert was an active member of Akron Mennonite Church, where he taught Sunday School. He loved to work in the garden and treat family and friends to garden vegetables and berries. Robert was a fine wood worker, crafting pens, vases and many other treasures. He was famous for his homemade ice cream, enjoyed ballroom dancing, music and spending time with people. Robert was a loving father to his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by his three children: Michael Robert Hurst, of New Holland: Steven James Hurst of Raleigh, N.C.; and Christina, wife of Karl Dirks, of Elizabethtown; two grandchildren: Briana and Cody Hurst; and his siblings: Sidney, husband of Nancy (Coco) Hurst, of Denver; Joanne, wife of Robert VanDask, of Lititz; and William, husband of Bobbi Jo (Wallace) Hurst, of New Holland.

Funeral services were held on July 11 at the Akron Mennonite Church with Pastors Jim S. Amstutz and Michelle Dula officiating. Interment was private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to Mennonite Economic Development Association, 1821 Oregon Pike, Suite 201, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Arrangements were made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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