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Robert H. Hurelbrink

Robert H. Hurelbrink

Robert H. Hurelbrink, 92, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at his home. He was born on July 5, 1927 the son of Henry and Louise Bokenkamp Hurelbrink and spent most of his life on the farm he was born on. He was married to Elsie June Firsich on April 21, 1951 and she preceded him in death on November 27, 2016. 

Survivors include two daughters Barbara (Ross) Peabody of Greenwood, and Diana Hurelbrink of Cincinnati; four grandchildren Ashley Peabody and Andrew (Megan) Peabody both of Indianapolis, and Robert (Rachel) Watka and Jessica (Stacy) Watka both of Cincinnati; three great-grandchildren Mia and Charley Watka and Aiden Peabody; two sisters Irma Obendorf Rohls of Versailles and Ruth Althoff of Greenwood. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his brother Ralph Hurelbrink. 

Mr. Hurelbrink was a 1945 graduate of Versailles High School. He was an Army veteran of WWII where he served with Company B of the 16th Battalion. For service to his country Bob was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and the Army Occupation of Japan Medal. In civilian life he worked as a rural mail carrier for the Versailles Post Office, but his main occupation was being a farmer on the land that he loved, and Bob farmed his ground until his 87th birthday. Bob was a lifelong member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean, was a member of the Versailles American Legion, and was a former board member of the Ripley County Farm Bureau. 

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with military honors by the Versailles American Legion. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.