Howard Clay Hurst of Somerset departed this world on April 9th 2017 at the age of 92. He was born June 24, 1924 to Maude and Howard Hurst. Known as Butch to his family, he was born and raised in Shinnston, WV. He graduated from Shinnston High School, where he met his future wife Juanita “Bobbie” Chinault. They were married February 23, 1946, and recently celebrated their 71st Anniversary. After graduating from high school he was offered a basketball scholarship to Alderson-Broaddus College, but Howard was drafted into the Army and served with the 43rd Infantry Division in the South Pacific until the end of WWII, and was called back to duty for the Korean Conflict.
After graduating from Alderson-Broaddus College, Howard (“Cap” to most of his friends) was employed by the Baltimore and Ohio/Chesapeake and Ohio Railroads as a railroad Police Officer and as a Trainmaster, for 33 years before retiring in Somerset in 1984. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert Hurst, and sisters Lois Beattie, Bernice Jones, and Theda Lyons. He is survived by his wife Juanita, a son David (wife Lydia Sager), and a daughter Linda (husband William Lasure). “Pops” as he was known by his 3 grandchildren, Adam Lasure (wife Holly Fulmer), Kari Woy (Ronald), and Derek Hurst; and 5 great-grandchildren; Morgan and Coleton Woy, Ian, Sydney, and Samuel Lasure, will always be remembered for his fun loving and generous nature. He is also survived by his niece Helen Hurst Bonds, and nephews Danny and Larry Bailey. Howard and Bobbie were longtime members of the Somerset Alliance Church. Friends and family will be received at Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, Somerset, from 5-7 PM Thursday April 13th, after which a brief funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Wayne Lasure. Military honors will be accorded by the Somerset County Honor Guard. Interment will be private. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to The Patriot for the outstanding care they provided Howard during his last several months. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to www.alzheimers.org.