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Frederick Hurst

April 17, 1935 - October 12, 2020

U.S. Veteran

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Frederick “Red” Hurst, age 85, a lifelong resident of Scranton, passed away Monday morning at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, after a brief illness. He is survived by his beloved wife, Louise (Ratchford) Hurst. The couple would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 19th.
Born on April 17, 1935, and son of the late William H. and Mabel (Davidson) Hurst, Red was a graduate of the former Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1953. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 until his honorable discharge in 1958 when he was also awarded The Good Conduct Medal.
For 25 years, he worked at the former Wilson Foods of Scranton. He then spent 20 years in the maintenance department of the Scranton Housing Authority before his retirement. Of Roman Catholic faith, he was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Church in West Scranton.
Red loved golfing, enjoying breakfast at Neen’s Diner and cracking jokes. He adored his family, especially his grandchildren whom he was so proud of. Attending their school events and sporting events meant everything to him.
He will forever be missed by his loving family and friends.
He is survived by his four children, Jean Marie Fennessy and husband Kevin of Harrisburg, Paul Hurst and wife Barbara of Doylestown, William Hurst and wife Kim of Scranton and Mary Lou Perri and husband Joseph of Dickson City; 11 grandchildren who adored their “Poppy”, Meghan, Erin and Danny Fennessy, Bridget Garcia and husband Josue, Danielle, Sean and Terri Hurst, Kelly Perkins and husband Joel, Jennifer Hurst and fiance Gage Alley, Maura and Michael Perri; two great grandchildren, Julianna and Gracianna Garcia; sisters-in-law, Dolores Hurst of New Port Richey, FL, and Shirley Hurst of Moosic; a brother-in-law, James Ratchford of Dalton; and many nieces and nephews.
Brothers, John, William and James Hurst; and sisters-in-law, Jean Hurst and Jane Ratchford, also preceded him in death.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday to begin at 9:15AM from the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 125 North Main Avenue, Scranton, with a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Church, 1403 Jackson Street in West Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Richard Fox, Pastor. Burial with military honors by the AMVETS Honor Guard will follow at the Cathedral Cemetery. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Friday between 4-6:00PM at the funeral home.