Charles Harrison Hurst Jr.

Charles Harrison Hurst Jr.

Charles Harrison Hurst Jr.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Charles H. Hurst on June 18, 2010, in Medford, Ore., just days after attending a camping trip with family and friends. Beside him as he passed were his two children that bid him their final love and goodbye.

Charlie was born on Sept 1, 1924, in San Francisco, Calif., to Charles and Marguerite Hurst. He attended grade school there until the family moved to Stockton, Calif., where he graduated high school. In 1942, he went to work for Union Oil Co. until his induction into the U.S. Army. Charlie was a veteran of WWII, having served with the 34th Infantry Division 5th Army in Italy and earning the Purple Heart. He retained reserve commission as Captain in the Corps of Engineers.

Years later, he would return to Europe with his wife and children to sight-see his favorite landmarks, tell a few tales (tall or factual) to which brought them all years of enjoyment. He remained very interested in WWII history, as well as the history of the Oregon Trail by actual exploration and extensive journal study with his family.

On August 25, 1946, he married the former Bernice J. Jenkins. This union brought them two wonderful children, Carolyn and Scott.

Upon graduating from University of California Berkeley in 1952, he accepted an engineering position with the California Division of Highways and subsequently an appointment as a forester with the U.S. Forest Service in Placerville, Calif. In 1955, he transferred to Medford, Ore., accepting a timber management position with the Bureau of Land Management. In 1964, he resigned his position with the BLM to enter private practice as a land surveyor and consulting forester. He remained in business in the Medford area for 36 years.

Charlie read constantly, and was an avid outdoorsman enjoying fishing, hunting and camping with family. Along with his son, they became interested in black powder muzzle shooting and went on numerous rendezvous' with the Little Butte Mountain Man Club. He was always the first to have his camper at-ready come elk season.

He was a member of the Society of American Foresters, Westminster Presbyterian Church, past president of the Oregon Sportsman of Jackson County, as well as past president, secretary and treasurer of the Rogue River section of Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon; just recently attending his Old-Timers group weeks prior to his death.

Charlie is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Bernice; daughter, Carolyn Hurst Foland, of Salem, Ore; son Scott C. Hurst and Kathie Renteria, of Eagle Point, Ore.; grandsons, Captain David Foland, of Enid, Okla., Daniel Foland, of Hillsboro, Ore., Scott A. and his wife, Sarah Hurst, of Medford, Ore.; granddaughter, Shannon and her husband, Josh Mize, of Rogue River, Ore., who is expecting his third great-grandson); two great-grandsons, Aiden and Jonathan. And not to be forgotten, his canine companion of nine years, Muffin; as well as many loving friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Suzanne Hurst Stark. At Charlie's request, no service was held. Cremation and interment are at the V.A. cemetery in Eagle Point, Ore.

Dad Your humor, quick-wit, laughter and knowledge of all will always remain with us.

Your tales, may they be tall or factual will be repeated by us for years to come.

But most important YOUR LOVE will always comfort us.

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