William Hurd, 86

William Max Hurd, 86, of South Whitley, died peacefully at his home Sunday evening, June 9, 2013. He was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Warsaw, a son of the late Chauncey J. and Dessa V. (Anderson) Hurd. His formative years were spent in the Columbia City area. He began seventh grade at South Whitley where he completed his schooling.On Dec. 4, 1945, he entered the U.S. Army. He served as a paratrooper in the Pacific Theater and during the occupation of Japan. He was honorably discharged Jan. 11, 1947.On June 6, 1947, he was united in marriage to Doris Jean Arnold. They have always made their home in the South Whitley area.A career long brick mason, he worked for several construction companies as a union bricklayer before he started his own masonry service in 1974 with his son-in-law, Hurd & Slater Masonry. He was a member of the Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, and during his winters in Florida, he attended Venice Community Church of the Brethren. Surviving relatives include his wife of 66 years, Doris; four daughters, L. Dianne (Jim) Draper of Larwill, J. Christine (Don) King of Larwill, Vicky (Steve) Myers of Columbia City and Kathy (Kim) Slater of South Whitley; 13 grandchildren, 26 great- grandchildren and a sister, Maxine Judd of South Whitley. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Hurd; a sister, Marjorie Krider; three half-brothers, Garland Hurd, Stanley Hurd and Harold Householder and three half-sisters, Carrie Wright, Elsie Weurtley and Ilo Smith. A memorial service with be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, 2507 E. Ind. 14, Silver Lake. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time at the church. Arrangements are by Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. Preferred memorials are to Venice Community Church of the Brethren or the American Heart Association.Condolences may be made at www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.