OBITUARY: Joel Brian Hurd

Joel Brian Hurd, 48, of Newton passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood. He was born May 31, 1974, in Sacramento, California, the son of Millard and Karen (Falline) Hurd.

Joel was a member of Hillcrest Community Foursquare Church in Newton. He helped run the Harvey County Farmer’s Market and was a member of the Food and Farm Council and Harvey County Extension Board.

He was united in marriage to Kerri Lin Fast on Dec. 7, 2002. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his son, Daniel (Ashley Vogan) Hurd; daughter, Haleigh Clay; parents, Millard and Karen Hurd; brothers, David Williamson and Stephen (Carol) Hurd; sister, Cyndi Hurd; and close family members, Todd and Jessica Dempster, and their son, Thomas. He leaves behind In-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Joel was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Wayne Fast; nephew, Jacob Hurd; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Joel never met a stranger. He was a quiet, gentle man with a heart of gold. He loved his family more than anything. He had a heart and passion for prayer. He prayed fervently for others and very rarely asked for prayers for himself. He struggled for over 20 years with serious medical conditions but hardly complained. He helped others as well as he could and as often as he could.  He was the listening ear for so many who needed it. Joel was a great husband, dad, uncle, son and friend.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Hesston. Cremation is planned following visitation, and a private family burial will take place at Restlawn Gardens of Memory, Newton, Kansas, at a later date. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Hillcrest Community Foursquare Church, Newton, and will be live-streamed on their Facebook page.

A fund has been set up through New Jerusalem Missions to help the family pay for expenses. Contributions can be sent to 209 E. Broadway, Newton, KS, 67114. Designate for Kerri Hurd bereavement/funeral fund. Cards and condolences may be mailed to Miller-Ott Funeral Home, PO Box 32, Hesston, KS, 67062.

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