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Robert Hurdis

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 1:25 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Robert Allen Nels Hurdis, 73, of Princeton passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born Feb. 14, 1941, in Beloit, Wis., to Robert R. and Emma J. (Olsen) Hurdis. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1959 in Clinton, Wis. He then graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1961. He married Kay C. Westerberg in Clinton on Oct. 26, 1963. Bob spent his lifetime as an industrial engineer in manufacturing.

Bob was a life member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Moose Lodge 1339 in Princeton. He loved automobiles and was a member of the Wyanet Old Car Club. Bob received the Homestead Festival Mayor's Choice Award at the 2011 Car Show for his 1934 Ford pickup.

Bob is survived by his two children, Heidi (Chuck) Pumphrey of Chatham and Jason (Josie) Hurdis of Washington, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Donna (Adam) Forneris of Springfield, Ill., Wills Pumphrey of Chatham, Jessica Dickens of Springfield, Mo., Jana Hurdis of Washington, Ill., Riley Morris of Chatham, Jenni Hurdis of Washington, Ill., and Lauren Pumphrey of Chatham; one great-grandson, John Patrick Forneris; one brother, Richard (Micki) Hurdis of El Paso, Texas; and one nephew.

He was preceded by his wife, Kay, in 2010; his parents; and one grandson, Braden Morris in 1995.

Services will be at noon Saturday, July 12, at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with the Rev. Wayne Anderson officiating. Cremation will directly follow the services.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 12, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to either Ronald McDonald House or to the family for distribution.

The Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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