Lawrence E. (Larry) Hurst, age 80, of Waterford, loving husband of Thelma (Troyer) Hurst for 59 years, left this life to be with his heavenly Father on June 2, 2010.

Hurst, Lawrence E. (Larry)Larry was born in Wadsworth, OH on October 12, 1929. After graduating from Goshen College, where he met his wife Thelma, he moved to her hometown of Waterford. In Waterford, Larry founded and operated Hurst Potato Sales for 35 years until his retirement in 1995. During this time he also was co-owner of several John Deere Equipment Dealerships, and he built and leased commercial real estate.

Larry’s love of aviation enabled him to travel throughout the United States and Canada, piloting his own airplane for both business and pleasure. Also, a great enjoyment for him was his yearly elk hunting trip to Idaho.

Larry was a past member of numerous agriculture organizations and was the former treasurer of the Fort LeBoeuf School Board. He was a member of the Beaverdam Mennonite Church for 55 years and attended Bahia Vista Mennonite Church in Sarasota, FL during the winter months.

Besides his loving wife Thelma, Larry is survived by three sons, Bryan Hurst and his wife Vicki of Waterford, Gordon Hurst of Apex, NC, and Jon Hurst and his wife Mary of Erie; a daughter, Valerie Hurst of Sharon, PA; and his grandchildren, Emily, Andrew and Jacob Hurst, Rebecca and Timothy Hurst, Laura and Peter Hurst, and Jared Hurst and Juliann Tamura. The eldest of six children, Larry is also survived by four brothers and one sister, Leonard, Carl, Ronald, and Gerald Hurst, and Violet Miller.

Friends may call at the Van Matre Funeral Home of Waterford, 105 Walnut Street, on Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9pm. The funeral service will take place at the Beaverdam Mennonite Church on Sunday at 2:00pm officiated by Pastor Jay Conn. Interment will follow at Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stancliff Hose Company, PO Box 275, Waterford, PA 16441, or to a charity of one’s choice.