David Ryan Hurst, 26, of Wellsville, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer, at 10:42 p.m., which is the ten code in law enforcement for going off duty (10-42).
David was born June 14, 1992 in Belleville, Illinois, a son of Richard David and Madonna Jean (Volner) Hurst.
He was a 2011 graduate of West Plains High School.
David served his country in the United States Army from June 1, 2011 to August 4, 2011.
He then attended Missouri State College for a degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement.
In July of 2016, David landed a job as a Reserve Officer for Bellflower Police Department, where he worked there and drove a truck for Witte Brothers. He landed his dream job at Wellsville Police Department in April of 2018.
On June 16, 2018, David married the love of his life, Anna Marie Strobl. David and Anna have no kids together but a fur baby, Smokie. David has two children from a previous relationship, Meia and Wyatt.
David was a member of the American Legion Post 94 in Troy. He enjoyed fishing and working. David was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and also liked listening to country music.
David devoted his life to his family, friends, truck driving and being a police officer and protecting and serving his community. David will be missed by all.
David is survived by his loving wife, Anna Hurst and Smokie, of the home in Wellsville; two children, Meia and Wyatt Downen, of West Plains; mother, Madonna Hurst, of Sparta, Illinois; father, Richard Hurst, of Cahokia, Illinois; grandparents, Donald Volner, of Sparta, Illinois and Marlene and Ted Albert, of Cahokia, Illinois, Rita Hurst, of McAlester, Oklahoma; aunt, Pamela Volner, of St. Louis; cousins, Brooke and Aaliyah Thomas, of St. Louis; two sisters and their family, Brittany, Chuck, Andrew and Brayden Beck, of Pana, Illinois and Cynthia Heiman, of Florida; in addition to Anna’s family, Brenda, Bill and Andrew Strobl, of Hawk Point, Donna Groeber, Michelle, Jeremy, Abby, Brayden and Hunter Skirvin, of Clarksville, as well as many other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Norma Volner and Vida Raines, Richard (Dick) Stanley, Nona Haege, and by Anna’s grandparents who adored him, Herbert and Willmeta Groeber.
Visitation was held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., with a Law Enforcement Walk Through at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville. Honors were provided by the Missouri Law Enforcement Funeral Assistance Team.
Funeral services were at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the funeral home. Rev. Daniel Sparks officiated. Military Honors were provided by American Legion Post 552 – Martinsburg.
Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery and Mausoleum in St. Louis, Missouri. Serving as pallbearers were Deputy Harley Ault, Officer Steve Brooks, Officer Justin Caldwell, Chief Rich Daniels, Chief Gary Hemby, Sergeant Brian Maskey, Officer Jeremy Penning and Devin Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were Meia and Wyatt Downen, Abby, Brayden and Hunter Skirvin, Andrew Strobl and Aaliyah and Brooke Thomas.
Memorial contributions were suggested to Missouri Law Enforcement Funeral Assistance Team c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.
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