John Wesley Hurless, Jr.

September 18, 1935 - December 8, 2020
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John Wesley Hurless, Jr. 85, of New Philadelphia, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2020 in Mercy Medical Center at Canton following a battle with Covid-19.

Born in Tippecanoe, John was the son of the late John Wesley and Alberta Margaret (Davidson) Hurless, Sr. and had attended Oregon State University and had gradu…

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John Wesley Hurless, Jr. 85, of New Philadelphia, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2020 in Mercy Medical Center at Canton following a battle with Covid-19.

Born in Tippecanoe, John was the son of the late John Wesley and Alberta Margaret (Davidson) Hurless, Sr. and had attended Oregon State University and had graduated from Life Bible College. He honorably served his country with the United States Army and then with the Air Force Reserve before beginning his career with Bart Wolstein Development where he worked as a site developer for the construction of many K-Mart retail stores throughout the United States. John also was a local developer and constructed a number of local homes and had also worked with his father with the former Hurless Insulation Company.

A man of many talents and interests, John was a former Pastor with the Foursquare Church in Albany, Oregon and a member of the Custer Memorial Association at New Rumley. He was a published writer, who went by the pen name of Tippecanoe Jack, he had written many articles that appeared locally in the News-Herald paper and also in the Monroe Evening News at Monroe, Michigan. Because of his knowledge and research, he was referenced in publications about General George Custer. John was also a songwriter and guitar player and had appeared on television in the Los Angeles area as well as hosting a radio broadcast in Oregon.

Possessing a passion for flying, John was a Commercial Pilot and a Certified Flight Instructor having logged hundreds of hours flying numerous types of large and small aircraft. He even survived a number of crashes, none of which were his fault. He was also a longtime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter #1077 at New Philadelphia where he served for many years as the Editor of the chapter newsletter. John also possessed an extensive knowledge of weapons and ammunition and loved to go shooting. More than anything, John was a family man and loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchild. Following the recent death of his wife, John reminded his family to “Strengthen the things that remain.”

On June 20, 1959, John married the former Patricia Ruth (Fralick) Hurless and together they shared over 61 years of marriage prior to her passing on November 29, 2020. Surviving are two daughters, Teresa (Steve) Litty of New Philadelphia and Dianna (Steve) Saulnier of Pensacola, Florida; two sons, Garry Owen Hurless of New Philadelphia and Wesley Allan Hurless of Midvale; 11 Grandchildren, John Andrew (Alyssa) Litty, Matthew David (Bianca) Litty, Sara Marie (David) Litty Simpson, Rachael (Zach) Litty Tybor, Jacob Michael Saulnier, Hannah Marie Saulnier, Zachary Wyatt Hurless, John Morgan Galang Hurless, Arthur James Galang Hurless, Joshua Allan Hurless and Isaac Daniel Hurless; a great grandson, Baker Paul Litty and two sisters, Beverly (Phillip) Maasz and Evajean (Robert) Brubaker and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents and his wife, John was preceded in death by an infant sister, Harriett Hurless, a half-sister, Norma Jean Hurless and her mother, Thelma Czatt Hurless and a step-mother, Dale Helvoigt.

In keeping with His wishes, John is to be cremated through the care of the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

It is the family’s request that in order to pass on John’s love of flying to future generations, memorial contributions be made to EAA Chapter #1077, Wright Flight Program, P.O. Box 1, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663


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A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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EAA Chapter #1077 Wright Flight Program

PO Box 1
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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Born: September 18, 1935
Died: December 8, 2020

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Randy Feemster posted on 12/16/20

So hard to let go, "Dear friend".. Thank you, John


Marilyn Valentine posted on 12/16/20

Condolences to all John's family from the Dover High School class of 1953.


Juanita Rennicker posted on 12/12/20

Teresa and Entire Family, I am So Sorry to have learned of the passing of your Dad and also learning you just lost your Mom too. My thought are with you all. My Mom, Nettie, just Loved your Mom. Maybe our 4 parents are singing together in Heaven. ?? Juanita


Jenny Montague posted on 12/12/20

I am so sorry for your lost to your family.


Sheryl Johnston posted on 12/12/20

Rest in Peace John and be joyful with our Lord in heaven. To John's family, may cherished memories of your Dad and Mom, Pat aka Grandpa and Grandma be held close in your hearts and minds until you all meet again. You are in our thoughts and prayers with love, Sheryl and Kevin


Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 12/12/20

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of John Wesley Hurless, Jr., give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, John Wesley Hurless, Jr., is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †


Dixie Heck posted on 12/11/20

I am so sorry for your loss of your parents. They were wonderful supporters of the music department at Dover High School. My sincere condolences.


Tim Keener posted on 12/11/20

John and Pat will be greatly missed. They, together raised a great family. My deepest condolences go out to Teresa, Dianna, Garry & Wes.


Ron Tinor posted on 12/11/20

Enjoyed the Saturday “meetings” with John and the boys. He always had something interesting to say. Rest In Peace, John. My condolences to his family. Ron Tinor


Connie posted on 12/11/20

So very sorry for your loss! Praying for your family!


Anita Davis posted on 12/11/20

My dear friends, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear father. I am so thankful for the life you all shared and the values he instilled in you. You all are in my prayers


Dianna Saulnier posted on 12/11/20

Dad, I will miss you so much! You were my go to for questions about how to do things! You taught me so much! I can’t believe that I can’t just pick up the phone and ask! I hope I can remember all the stories you told me! We had so many great times together from our road trips and football games! I love you and miss you so much!!! I’m so glad that I was your daughter and you were my dad!!I know you are singing with the angels and glad to be reunited with Mom in the presence of Jesus! Blessed to be your daughter!


Teresa Litty posted on 12/11/20

Dad, gonna miss you but gonna join you someday where we will sing our hearts out before the Lord! I’ll always be grateful for you Dad! Love, Tree


Jeff and Gaye Clark posted on 12/10/20

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you experience this loss. May God ease your grief during this difficult time.