Robert J. Hurd

1952-12-06 - 2020-07-05

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy Chicago Heights IL (Map-it)


Service Date: 0000-00-00

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Cemetery: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 20953 W. Hoff Road Elwood, Illinois 60421, Elwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Info: 708-754-0016

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Robert J. Hurd age 67  of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away on July 5, 2020.  Beloved husband of Rita (Nee Koch).  Loving father of Jay (Amy) Hurd and Benjamin Hurd.  Cherished grandfather of Devin and Abigail Hurd.  Fond brother of William (Sophie Vander Cruyssen) Hurd, Kathleen Kay, Patricia Johnson and the late Geraldine Hurd.  Devoted uncle to many nieces and nephews.  He was a die hard fan of the Seattle Seahawks. “GO SEAHAWKS”

Due to the current circumstance and restrictions caused by Covid-19 we ask that you please follow the states guidelines where masks/ face coverings and distancing are concerned.

Visitation Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 3:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. and Funeral service Friday 8:30 A.M. at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL 60411. Interment:  Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Elwood,  IL. For info. call  (708) 754-0016  or  our website at  On behalf of the family and the funeral home staff, we would like to thank you for your cooperation.



  1. David Gosselin on July 7, 2020 at 8:04 pm
    Bob is one of my best friends for almost 60 years. We had some great times together. I remember chili and beer at the beach. He made the best chili. The next morning was always exciting when everyone ran to open the doors and windows when the symphony started.
    All my prayers are with Rita and the boys.

  2. Jay Hurd on July 8, 2020 at 12:16 am

    I already miss you.

  3. Ben Hurd on July 9, 2020 at 7:24 am

    I’m gonna miss you forever an always dad. I’ll be sure to root on the Seahawks even harder this season an all season a going on.

  4. Bruce Sharer on July 9, 2020 at 10:51 am
    I met Bob at Wilson High School in Tacoma back in 1968. We had a lot of good times over the high school and TCC years. Bob was always upbeat, positive and was one of the kindest hearted people I have ever met. I had so many Bob Memories the past few days……perhaps my fav was him telling about being around Mt St Helens driving a Dynamite Truck (!) when the mountain blew. Classic Hurd. Bob and kept in touch for over 40 years after I graduated Western and moved around the country with my job. We exchanged lengthy Christmas cards every year and talked on the phone a few times a year. I know that meeting Rita and creating a life together was one of the best things that ever happened for Bob. I know she has been a Rock in his life the entire time together. I stayed with Bob and Rita once in the 1990’s on the way to an Indy 500 race. The last time I saw Bob and Rita was at our son’s wedding in Kalamazoo in 2012. Sue and I were so delighted they made the trip over from Chicago for the wedding and celebration….picture attached. There is a hole in my heart this week learning of Bob’s passing. My sincere condolences to Rita, Jay, Ben…..Bob’s brother and his sisters. And to his grandchildren as well. Love ya Man. Peace.

  5. Jim McNally on July 11, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Rita, Jay and Ben,

    I know you are enduring some terrible hurt and trying to process life ahead of you without Bob. Hard to fathom!!

    Bob was an unusual good friend of mine. We first connected (as I did with you) with attending the “Young Adults” group at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Port Angeles. He was the one playing the bass guitar and looking like he was in heaven with the music, Our gatherings later introduced me to “Three Alarm Chili”, Canadian beer, weekly viewings of MASH, good music and Monty Python, He was “good people” and I knew that ,if you were his friend and respected that, that you were his friend for life. That certainly played out over the years- especially the recent ones- as we connected almost every day during the last couple of years.

    These aspects I will always appreciate and remember about Bob: He loved you, Rita, Ben and Jay; He valued honesty and fairness; he was tough and never felt sorry for himself in the tough later months (his saying: “that’s what is is….”), he valued honesty and loyalty; he loved music- especially the good stuff from the 70s, he loved the Seahawks and Cubs (sorry Rita), he loved barbecue, brats and Chicago style pizza and he loved his life.

    I will miss him dearly and will not forget him. He defines “salt of the earth” and left the gift of his friendship with me. Daily prayers and thoughts are promised for all of you.

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