Carroll Dean Hurst
April 17, 1941 – Dec. 20, 2021
Carroll Dean Hurst, better known as “Butch,” passed away peacefully Dec. 20 at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida, due to complications from Myasthenia Gravis, a neuromuscular disease. Butch was born on April 17, 1941, to Ray and Charleen (Reed) Hurst, at home, in Madrid, Iowa. Butch graduated from Madrid High School in 1959. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1960-1964, and the U.S. Army Reserves, 1964-1966.
Butch married Kathleen (Brophy) Landgrebe on June 18, 1966, and had two children, Kellie and Chad. The family resided near Madrid and then moved to Polk City. Butch worked construction in his early years and then worked at John Deere in Ankeny for more than15 years. After leaving John Deere, he owned and operated a vending business for snacks. After selling the snack business, he moved to northwest Iowa to be near Kellie and her family. In 2015, he moved to Florida to be near his “buddy,” and first granddaughter, Jessica Nelson.
Butch was devout in his Christian faith. He began attending the Madrid Church of Christ in 1974 and later made his choice in 1988 to serve the Lord in a non-denominational Christian group. Known for his dry sense of humor, he could find a quick comment or “one liner” to bring a smile to so many people he met.
Butch was preceded in death by Jerry (brother), Bradley Nelson (son-in-law), Richard (brother), Ray and Charleen (parents), and an infant sister, Verna Arlene.
Butch is survived by daughter Kellie (Todd) Harmon (Spencer, Iowa) and son Chad (Yvonne) Hurst (Fresno, California); grandchildren: Jessica Nelson (Lutz, Florida), Joni (Dean) Hilbrands (George, Iowa), Emily Hurst (Fresno, California); bonus-grandchildren: Jessica (Kyle Culp) Harmon (Ames, Iowa), Josh (Jessica) Woodin (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), Chance McGough (Fresno, California); great-grandchildren: Aubriella Woodin and Raelynn Hilbrands; sister Radene McClelland (Arkansas), brother Jim Hurst (Arkansas), numerous nieces, nephews.
The family held a private graveside service at the Florida Memorial Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, on Jan. 4, 2022. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff, nurses and doctors at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital for their caring and compassion to Butch in his final days.