Early on the morning of Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, our family's rock, Wayne Ray Hurley, left this earth to rejoin the love of his live, Clarice Adele "Nino" Hurley, who preceded him in death in September of 2011.
Wayne was born Aug. 27, 1930, to Luke William and Ruth Edward Hurley. He is survived by three children, Melinda Anne (Denny) Barker of Tiffin, Thomas Wayne Hurley of Dayton and James Paul (Sherri) Hurley of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Amanda (Christopher) Sears, Cassandra Barker, Nicholas (Meredith) Hurley, Danielle (Hunter) Skelton and Tyler (Amy) Keckley; seven great-grandchildren, Aidan and Evan Sears, Maddex, Haley and Clarice Barker, and Desmond and Gabriel Hurley; and one sister, Bernis Kleinschmidt.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Wonderly.
Wayne worked at Linotype, Miamisburg, as an operator, until his retirement. He was a 60-year member of the Freemasons and loved a good mystery novel or crossword puzzle. Most memorably, he was an amazing role model to all who knew him. As a sufferer of post-polio syndrome, he weathered life's indignities with an incredible amount of humor, candor and courage. He lived his live stoically because he lived for his family and never wanted them to know he was in pain. His grandchildren will always be his "brats" and his great-grandchildren his "pumpkin heads." He had the gruffest voice, the kindest eyes, and he always had a joke and a smile for his family and friends. He was a joy to talk to and a fountain of real wisdom about life, marriage, politics and just about everything else.
He will be dearly missed by his family and friends, who are glad his physical suffering is over. Despite the hole his loss leaves in all of our lives, we are so happy to know that now he and our Nino can walk and dance together once again.
Both Wayne and Clarice Hurley donated their remains to Wright State University/ Boonshoft School of Medicine's anatomical gift program, so they will continue to teach and enrich lives by enabling others to learn from them.
Memorial contributions may be made to Autumnwood Care Center, 670 SR 18, Tiffin, OH 44883, whose staff showed an uncommon amount of caring and respect for our loved one, and made this difficult time as comfortable as possible.