Obituary and Service Information for Harold Everette Hurtgen

Hurtgen, Harold Everette

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Visitation Location:
Mahn Twin City Chapel, 515 Collins, Festus, Missouri 63028

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020
Time: 9:00 am

Service Location:
Second Baptist Church

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

In Lieu of Flowers donations made be made to the Living Springs Camp, 13975 Living Springs Camp Rd, Festus, Missouri 63028.

Harold Everette Hurtgen, 76, of Festus, Missouri, passed away, Saturday July 4, 2020 in John Cochran VA St. Louis Health Care System, Saint Louis, Missouri. He was born October 8, 1943 in De Soto, Missouri, to the late Herbert and Edna (Wall) Hurtgen.

Harold worked as a warehouse manager for Spirco Environmental until his retirement. You could find Harold fishing or spending time with his grandchildren at any given time when he wasn't at the church.

He was a member of the Festus VFW, Charter member of Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department, Past Board Member of the Hematite Fire Department, served as an Independent Military Missionary for 13 years, he was a volunteer at the Veteran VA hospital for 12 years.

Harold Hurtgen has seen the Lord move in his life like few other people have. Much of this experience has been intertwined with his service at Second Baptist Church. Saved as a thirteen-year-old boy, he eventually joined the membership of Second in 1965. He was drafted into the United States Army one year later. He was in the unit Mac Sog during his time in the Army. After three years of honorable service, he returned to Jefferson County in 1969, and became thoroughly involved in the burgeoning ministries of the church during the early 1970s. Brother Hurtgen enrolled in Tennessee Temple University and graduated in 1978, feeling God drawing him to military missions. He and his wife, Barbara, would serve with Armed Forces Baptist Mission for thirteen-and-a-half years, until illness forced him to resign in 1991.

Returning home, the Hurtgens once again became involved in Second Baptist Church during the 1990s, with specific interest in the bus ministry and visitation. Brother Harold later started a veteranís ministry, ministering in the local VA hospital, transporting veterans to church services, and holding activities and fellowships for them. Hundreds were led to Christ in this manner. In November of 2012, he found himself on an operating table, facing open heart surgery and a fifteen percent chance to live. God, hearing the prayers of His people, interceded and restored Brother Hurtgen to full health. He became our visitation pastor in 2015, and he served as our Missions Coordinator. Brother Hurtgen oversaw Second Baptist's robust missionís ministry, maintaining contact with our current missionaries and seeking new ones for support.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Luella Hurtgen of Festus, Missouri, his children, Jonathan and Stephanie Hurtgen of De Soto, Missouri, and Angela and Glenn Schmeckebier of Alabaster, Alabama, his brothers, Richard and Janet Hurtgen of Chillicothe, Missouri, Jerry and Linda Hurtgen of Hillsboro, Missouri, his sister, Lucille Hurtgen of De Soto, Missouri, his grandchildren, John Schmeckebier, Rachel Willis, Allana Ann Hurtgen, his sister-in-law, Darlene Hurtgen of Desloge, Missouri, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Hurtgen, his mother, Edna Hurtgen, and his brother, Don Hurtgen.

Services will be held at Second Baptist Church, 723 Horine Road, Festus, Missouri, July 9, 2020 at 9:00 am with Rev. James Waymire officiating. Interment will follow in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.

Friends will be received at Mahn Twin City Chapel, Festus, Missouri Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mahn Funeral Home Twin City Chapel, Festus, Missouri.


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