John Richard Hurt, MD "Doc," 81, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2013, in The Villages, Florida.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John William Hurt, MD and Virginia B. Hurt, RN, as well as uncles Edwin Franklin Hurt, Ralph Clevenger, and Merrit Clevenger.
He is survived by Sally Ann Hurt, RN, COHNS, beloved spouse of 56 years. He is also survived by his sister, Julie (Hurt) Farrell and her husband, Joel Farrell, as well as brother-in-law, Carl F. Dienstberger Jr. He is survived by his loving children, son, John Richard Hurt II, MD, FACC "Rick" and daughter, Sharyl Alyse (Hurt) Le Favour, son-in-law, Captain John LeFavour, United States Navy and daughter-in-law, Sonia Hurt, MD, as well as grandchildren, Elizabeth Le Favour, Jack Le Favour, Grace Hurt and Sean Hurt. He is also survived by loving nieces, Kirsten (Farrell) Wagner, husband Duane, and Amy Farrell, husband Lyle Simon, great-nieces and nephews, Melissa Wagner, Connor and Cole Simon, as well as other family members, including Don and Doris Le Favour, the Rahal family, Ernelee Hurt, Inez Clevenger, Cynthia Lockhart, Jewel and Dawn Binkley, as well as his beloved pets, Schatzi and Sassy. Finally, he is survived by numerous close friends, including the special "RicShar Farm" crew.
"Doc" was born on May 30, 1931, in Columbus, Ohio. He was raised in West Jefferson, where his parents served the community providing medical care since 1928.
He graduated from West High School in Columbus in 1949. While in high school, he was a member of the West High marching band and played saxophone in a dance band. He attended undergraduate school at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, as well as a member of the Miami University marching band. He graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Dr. Hurt continued his post graduate education at The Ohio State University School of Medicine (where he met his wife Sally in the Medical College library). He was also a member of the Phi Chi medical fraternity. He received his Medical Degree in 1957.
After graduation, he and Sally were married on June 22, 1957, in Delphos, Ohio. He spent his Internship at Miami Valley Hospital, in Dayton. Following his internship, he served two years of active military service as a lieutenant in the United States Navy Medical Corps. He and Sally spent one tour of duty in Taiwan, where his son Rick was born in 1960.
Upon their return to the United States in 1960, Dr. Hurt joined Dr. Dale Kile's medical practice in St. Marys, Ohio. In 1963, Dr. Hurt and his family returned to West Jefferson to join his father's medical practice (Jefferson Medical Center). In 1965, their daughter Shari was born at Riverside Methodist Hospital. "Doc" practiced medicine in West Jefferson until 2006.
He served on the staff at Madison County Hospital and Mount Carmel Medical Center. He was team physician for the West Jefferson Roughriders for 25 years and was inducted into the West Jefferson High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
While practicing medicine in West Jefferson, he also served as medical director at Sears Distribution Center in Columbus and was also medical director at Hampton Court (Arbors). He served as medical advisor to the West Jefferson Emergency Squad and accompanied the West High Marching Band as their medical advisor when they were selected to perform at the Tournament of Roses parade in 1969. He also served as Madison County Coroner for many years. Dr. Hurt enjoyed his role as an Ohio State University College of Medicine Clinical Professor teaching medical students rotating through Jefferson Medical Center. He was an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Central Ohio Academy of Family Physicians. He served on the OSU Medical Alumni Board of Directors.
He co-founded the Westwood Association to stimulate development of parks and recreation in the Westwood area in the early 1960s. He was an active member of the local Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the West Jefferson School Board, serving as president during the construction of West Jefferson High School and Norwood School. Dr. Hurt also served on the Madison County School Board and board of Columbus Technical Institute (now Columbus State Community College).
As a member of Zion Lutheran Church in West Jefferson, he was active in the "Men's Association," and served as president of the group. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 221 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus and Aladdin Shrine, as well as the member of the Kentucky Colonels.
From 1974 to 2012, he enjoyed raising and showing English Shire draft horses at RicShar Farms, established in 1965. To promote the "feathered" draft horse breed, he co-founded (along with Smokey Lynne Bare) the Ohio Regional Clyde-Shire Association (ORCSA). He was also a member of the American Shire Horse Association and the English Shire Horse Association.
In lieu of flowers, the Hurt family suggests memorial contributions be made to: Zion Lutheran Church, 221 S. Center St., West Jefferson, OH 43162; The National Parkinson Foundation, contribution instructions can be found at www.parkinson.org; or Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library, 270 Lilly Chapel Road, West Jefferson, OH 43162.