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Obituary for Frederick "Fritz" Hurd II

Frederick C. Hurd, 93, of Boones Mill, VA, passed away November 8, 2023 peacefully at home with family at his side.

Fritz was born on January 29th, 1930 to Edward N. & Catherine D. (Stucke) Hurd in Sewickley, PA. He graduated from Sewickley High School in 1949, and then joined the United States Air force for a 4-year tour as a Communications and Teletype Instructor until 1953. After the Air Force he was accepted at the University of Kentucky, where he received his BA degree in Education and Administration. During this time, he married Janet Clarke (1955), his loving wife of 63 years. After graduating college, he moved his family back to Sewickley, PA and began teaching the 4th grade at Sewickley Academy from 1958 to 1967. From 1967 to 1968 he worked as an administrator at Robert Morris Jr. College, but then decided to move his family to Roanoke, VA for a different administration job at a small college. Still unsatisfied with his work, he left that job and secured a position as a Staff Development Manager for the Virginia Social Service Department, where he retired after 20 years in 1989. Nine years later (1998), Fritz & Janet were able to move to Florida and enjoyed eight beautiful years of sunshine, before moving back to the Roanoke area to be closer to their children.

Fritz was a loyal fan of the Kentucky Wildcats and Pittsburgh Steelers, and had a passion for history, reading and trains. He was also Vice President at the local Transportation Museum in Roanoke for a few years in the early 1990’s. Now known as the Roanoke Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. He was also a member of the Episcopal Church.

Fritz was preceded in death by his three sisters, Gillen Taylor (Joe), Jeanne McMaster (Robert), Jessie vonHofen (John), his son, Frederick “Chip” C. Hurd III, and his wife, Janet C. Hurd.

Fritz is survived by his three daughters, Sandra H. Lester, Lorraine A. Bramlett (John), Shari L. Hurd, six Grandchildren, Hunter & Blake Lester, Jesse Wimett, Benjamin Bramlett, Charles Hodges, Jade Hurd, and two Great grandchildren, Wyatt & Mia Lester. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews from Pennsylvania.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Sewickley, PA.