In Memory


John C. Hurd, 70, of Lincoln passed away March 4, 2018. He was born September 6, 1947 to Clinton C. and Leota (Malone) Hurd in Lincoln, NE.

He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970 and a Juris Doctor from the Nebraska College of Law in 1973. John was one of the founders of the firm and has been a partner at Wolfe Snowden since 1977. John is affiliated with the Nebraska State Bar Association, Lincoln Bar Association, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and Lincoln Estate Planning Council. He was a board member and past president of The Cedars Home for Children Foundation, past chairman for the City of Lincoln Personnel Board, a member of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Merit Commission, First Plymouth Congregational Church, where he was an usher for 30+ years, and the Sertoma Club. Most of all he dearly loved his time spent with family, his annual trips to Estes Park, CO with his son Aaron, family nights, and all those special meals that “Papa John” would prepare for his grandchildren.

“Papa John’s” family members include his life partner Vicki Hurd; daughters Amy (Mark) Palmer, Abigail (Chris) Hallgren; son Aaron Hurd; grandchildren Alana, Tommy, Derek, and Dylan Palmer, and Alex and Mya Hallgren; sister Janice Hurd and Marv Goldfogel; cousin Charles (Donette) Shenk; and many other friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday (3-12-18) at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 2000 D. St.

A public life’s celebration gathering with family greeting friends will be held from 3:00-4:30 p.m., on Sunday (3-11-18) at Roper & Sons South Lincoln Chapel, 3950 Hohensee Dr., Lincoln, NE (40th & Yankee Hill).

Memorial contributions may be directed towards Cedars Home for Children, 6601 Pioneers Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68506.

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03/08/18 03:44 PM #1    

Gary Peterson

Oh my, John's passing is a heartbreaker. We were special friends in junior high and gymnastics teammates at LSE during our high school years. We were both coached by a great mentor, Art Hillman, a legendary coach and teacher at LSE. John was a warm, intelligent, special person whom everyone respected. He certainly influenced me a lot in my formative years at LSE and through our continuing contacts in college when we'd see each other on the UN-L campus through two degrees each. John had a wonderful sense of humor, was very kind, and was very thoughtful and serious at times. John has unquestionably left so many good things behind that will keep his memory alive for the many who knew him. His memorian on this site documents his great talents and contributions. For me, John was a central figure, in the experience we shared of having such a great youth during a wonderful time, a great town, and a very fine school. I'm sure John knew how fortunate he was to have these experiences and we unquestionably know how fortunate we were to know him.   

03/09/18 08:33 AM #2    

Bill Nefsky

 John and I were best buddies in high school. Our  paths crossed frequently over the years with  both business and legal dealings even though we lived a 1000 miles away. John was a first class individual who will be sorely missed by family , friends,  associates and the greater Lincoln community. Rest In Peace old friend!!

Bill Nefsky




03/09/18 01:01 PM #3    

Cathie Cather (Petsch)

We won't be at John's services, but John will always be in our hearts.
If there ever was a good guy, it was John. Only the good die young.
Cathie's Southeast best buddy: movies at the Varsity theatre in Clint's bowling shirt (Cathie not John !!!), Keen Time (he had all the best dance moves) LSE gymnast and always picked by the cheerleaders for their in drag pep rally, trips to T Town for under age cherry sloe gin, etc. etc. etc. 
Tom's Phi Delt pledge brother (we will be making a contribution in John's name to the freshman scholarship) John set up our blind date in 1965, telling Tom "she'll only go out with you once ! "  then Cathie told John he should take out Vicki to see if she was a good rush week prospect !!! And the beat went on...disco dancing, dinner groups, Niobrara canoe trips...we were even related as his sister Janice married Tom's cousin, Daryl Petsch...Rest in Peace in The Bond dear, dear friend...Cathie and Tom Petsch

03/09/18 03:16 PM #4    

Kim Tyler

 John was a very comfortable person to be around.  Easy-going, always a smile on his face, a good sense of humor, a genuine nice guy. 

03/10/18 02:18 PM #5    

Tom Haase

This is very difficult to write.  John and I have been friends since high school.  For the last 40+ years we have both practiced law.  John for a time was in the County Attorney's office and then private practice.  When John was a Deputy County Attorney I dealt with him on a regular basis to obtain the County's consent for Inheritance Tax determinations.  John then went into private practice.  John and I were basically the only person's in our respective law firms that worked in the estate and trust area.  As sich, we each became a sounding board for the other.  Over the last 30+ years, John and I would talk at least once or twice a week.  I am genuinely going to miss those conversations.  John was one of the best attorneys that I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with.  He was also one of the kindest and gentlest persons that I have known.  Cathie Petsch probably said it best, "only the good die young".  John, I will miss you.  John we all will miss you.

Tom Haase

03/10/18 03:18 PM #6    

Carol Thompson (Miller)

I was really saddened to hear of John's passing.  I ran into him at the last reunion.  We never knew each other that well in high school, but we always spoke while passing in the hall.  My sincere sympathies to his family. Carol Miller

03/11/18 05:05 AM #7    

Dean-Ross Schessler

This is very sad news.  John handled some business matters in Lincoln for me some years ago.  During that time we had some good converstions.  John was an attorney, not lawyer, if you can caught my underling drift.  It is sad to learn that he has joined the ranks of the Knights who are not longer 'fighting' this thing called life.  Rest well, in a goodly number of years the Class of '65 will be resembled in the paradise you now have found.

Dr. Dean-Ross Schessler

03/11/18 10:37 AM #8    

Michael Tavlin

I ws saddened to learn of John's passing. We were friends in high school and even better friends during our law school days together at UNL. While our paths since we returned to Lincoln a few years ago did not regularly cross, a smile, a friendly face and a good word from John always accompanied those interactions. He definitely will be missed and remembered by all who loved and respected him.

03/12/18 05:07 PM #9    

Dale Guilford

I was sad to hear about the passing of John Hurd.

John, my brother Bill, and I went to Sunday school and sang in the choir at First Plymouth Congregational Church in grade school and junior high. John was very good in Sunday school and in the  choir. My brother and I were NOT. John tried to keep us on the straight and narrow. It was one of the few things in his life at which he failed miserably, but we had such a good time.  We sang poorly, fooled around in Sunday school and laughed A LOT!!

I also knew John in high school.  I remember him as a real good gymnast and part of a strong gymnastic program at Lincoln Southeast. He did very well academically as well.

I was lucky enough to run into him at a couple of the reunions and, as so often happens at those events, the years rolled back and we laughed some more. I was not surprised to hear that he became a successful lawyer.

John was one of those really good people who seemed good on the outside but on the inside was even better.

I will miss both him and my brother, but I will think of them often.


Dale Guilford 


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