Harold Hirst, loving father and grandfather, 87, Lawrence passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Lawrence. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Worden Cemetery, SW of Lawrence.
Harold was born November 2, 1926 in Butler, MO, the son of George Ivan and Carrie (Hobson) Hirst.
Harold was a veteran of the United States Army having served from 1945 – 1947. He served in Japan as part of the Army of Occupation. He received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Metal, WWII Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal.
Harold was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Lawrence where he was involved with various ministries including, Sunday school superintendent, head usher, and started the bus ministry. He was very devoted to his family and enjoyed reading.
He worked in sales for Farmer’s Coop, he then worked at the Christian Book Store, and Raco Car Wash.
He married Aretta Marie Ross on January 21, 1951 in Eskridge, KS. She preceded him in death August 9, 2013.
Survivors include two daughters, Dinah Hirst, Lawrence, Paulette (Jeri) Breithaupt, Lawrence; one son, Ross (Karen) Hirst, Topeka; a brother, Darold Hirst, Overland Park, KS; three grandchildren, Julie (Justin) Hoffman, Eric (Heather) Hirst, and Jeffrey (Angie) Breithaupt; and five great grandchildren, Caden Hoffman, Mason Hoffman, Carson Hirst, Bella Breithaupt, Reagan Hirst; and one on the way.
The family will greet friends at the church from 9 a.m. until service time.
The family suggests memorials in his name to First Church of the Nazarene and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
Ross, Paulette, Dinah and family,
You have my deepest sympathy during this time of the loss of your precious father, grandfather and great-grandfather. However, what peace it must be for you to know he is with the Lord and his beloved Aretta. May God’s comfort and peace encompass you during this time. Love, Charlotte
Sorry for your loss, your all in my thoughts.
I will be eternally grateful to Harold for starting the bus ministry. My life wouldn’t be the same without that ministry. Thank you Harold for being faithful to the Lord, and for letting this “little kid” ride the bus. Love and prayers to all the family.
Dear Hirst, (Breithaupt) family, we have special memories of both your parents and wanted you to know we are praying for you during this difficult time. May you see God’s loving grace in your grief.
Blessings and love,
Lynn and Shelly Quiring
To the Hirst and Breithaupt family. I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Dear Ross, Paulette and Dinah,
I have such wonderful memories of your father and mother. They were so faithful to our Lord and to their family. We love you and you will be in our prayers.
To the Hirst/Breithaupt Families:
My sincerest thoughts and prayers are coming your way. Blessings to all.
To Dinah, and the families. I worked with Harold at the old Co-op on 23rd and Haskell, back in the 60’s. He and Otto Rosenau, were my immediate supervisors. I came to know and love Harold during those years, and have never forgotten the lasting impression he made on my life. His concern for mankind, his love for the Lord, and his commitment to family, will always be part of my memories of Harold. Lawrence has truly lost a man that was affecting a change in the hearts of the youth, and it’s senior citizens. I can only imagine the look on his face as he spends eternity with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His mission is accomplished, well done thy good and faithful servant. In loving memory of Harold. Gary Tollefson