Robert E. Hurley, 81, of Chatfield died Friday, March 9, 2012, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

Robert Eugene Hurley was born on Oct. 28, 1930, to Michael and Mary (McCabe) Hurley in Caledonia.

After graduating from Loretto High School in 1948, he attended college in La Crosse, Wis., for one year. He went to work for the Houston County Highway Department on a survey crew.

After a year, he went back to college at WSU in Winona. He received his B.A. degree in 1953 and came to Chatfield to teach high school science.

On Aug. 19, 1954, he married Ardys Hagen of Spring Grove in Caledonia.

He received a M.A. degree in Biology from St. Mary's in Winona in 1968 and Specialist in Education in 1970. He spent all 38 years in teaching and was Dean of Students (for five years) at Chatfield Public School.

During the summer months, he worked for the Pavlish Lumber Company and Tuohy Furniture Manufacturing. Robert retired from teaching in the spring of 1991.

After retirement, he worked full-time for Tuohy Furniture Manufacturing for several years and Hurley Accounting and Tax for 19 years.

Robert was a volunteer at the Tourism Center, served on the Chatfield city council for 18 years and was a longtime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where he sat on the church board.

He coached baseball and volunteered for many sporting activities. Bob was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. He loved watching his children and grandchildren in sports and enjoyed reading and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Ardys (Hagen) Hurley of Chatfield; a son, Dan (Peg) Hurley of Chatfield; four daughters, Caryn (Joe) Erickson of Fremont, Neb., Deb (Rick) VonWald of Chatfield, Chari (Todd) Kruegel of Spring Valley and Dayna (Greg) LaPlante of Chatfield; 14 grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Munk of Menlo Park, Calif., and Mary LaVerne Plesha of La Crosse.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, three brothers and two sisters.

His funeral was at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Chatfield, with Father Patrick Arens and Father Tom Loomis officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Riley Funeral Home of Chatfield assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at