Vernon “Randy” Hurley, 1945-2017

Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, is handling the arrangements for Vernon R. “Randy” Hurley, 72, of LaPorte, Indiana, who passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Randy was born August 17, 1945, in LaPorte.         

On August 27, 1966, in LaPorte, he married Patricia J. “Jennifer” Hines, who preceded him in death on November 29, 2012.

Randy served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Randy was a photographer for the base newspaper and had the honor of accompanying President Nixon whenever he visited the base. He took photos for the encyclopedias Britannica and Colliers and graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He also worked for 25 years in pest control and then as an insurance agent with National Association of the Self-Employed.

He is survived by a daughter, Christa (Mark) Lazarz of LaPorte; a son, Eric (Tia) Hurley of LaPorte; a grandson, Jonah Lazarz; and a granddaughter, Maggie Hurley.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Lucille and Jonah P. Harkleroad.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, November 28, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte. A funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 29, at the funeral home with Dr. Rod Nielsen officiating.

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5 Responses to “Vernon “Randy” Hurley, 1945-2017”

  1. Dan Wegiel

    Nov 25. 2017

    Have known Randy since High School, my condolences to the entire family, may he rest in peace.

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  2. Debbie Bell

    Nov 26. 2017

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. Thoughts & prayers are with you. ~Debbie Bell, neighbor

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  3. Darlene Jesch

    Nov 27. 2017

    As a friend and former Lenick’s Dairy worker with both of them, sad and happy to see that both Randy and Jen are eternally together.

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  4. Bill and Marybeth Taggart

    Nov 29. 2017

    We are so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. He was a great guy, lots of fun, and a long-time friend of the Taggart family. In Randy’s name and to honor his military service, we have donated a fresh Christmas tree to be sent to a family through the Trees for Troops program. Some young family or spouse of enlisted away from home for the holidays will experience Christmas joy because of Randy Hurley, USAF. Wishing you peace of mind that your parents are together at this difficult time for those left behind. — Bill and Marybeth Taggart, Dayton OH

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  5. Marcia Johnson

    Dec 09. 2017

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Randy. He was one of my classmates in the class of 1964. I got to know him better when he attended our class trip a few years ago to the Smoky Mts. He did some hiking and enjoyed the company of our group. I could tell he was still mourning over the loss of Jennifer. May you rest in peace until we meet again.

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