Roy D. Hurford
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ROY D. HURFORD
August 9, 1939 ˜ August 19, 2018

Roy D. Hurford of Vancouver, WA, passed away on Aug. 19, 2018 surrounded by his beloved family and close friends. He was 79 years old. Roy was born in Maywood, CA on Aug. 9, 1939 to Ruth and Isaac Hurford. He spent his childhood in many places including Ketchikan, AK, learning the value of hard work and developing a sense of adventure that would keep him busy for a lifetime.
Roy eventually settled in Clark County, WA and graduated from Battle Ground High School.
He would go on to find a lifelong love of aviation and founded Sky Kraft Flight School at Pearson Air Park.He spent many hours giving scenic flights and charter flights and taught many Clark County residents how to fly.
Roy met his wife and the love of his life, Lois LeBeck, while working as an elevator operator at the old St. Joseph’s Hospital while attending college. They were married in 1960 and celebrated 58 years of marriage in 2018. They enjoyed traveling in their RV and discovering new places.
Roy was a very gifted entrepreneur and started Pacific NW Medical Supply which he sold in 2009. Though he claimed to have retired at the time, he had his hand in business until the day he died, with many friends sharing how he blessed their lives and impacted their life's paths. He left a lifetime legacy to his family.
Roy is survived by his wife, Lois; son, Mike; daughter, Karen Kilburn; granddaughter, Mindra Kilburn; brother, Bob; and sister, Winona Budrick.
He will be fondly and dearly missed by many.
The family would like to express gratitude to Community Home Health and Hospice for making his final days comfortable and dignified.
It was Roy’s request that no services be held.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Community Home Health and Hospice as it was always Roy’s way to pay it forward.
Please sign his guest book @www.columbian.com/obits.

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Published in The Columbian on Sep. 30, 2018.
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September 24, 2020
Roy was one of my few close friends during our high school days, and we stayed in touch through the years. We became closer in our retirement years, and his passing left a void in my life.
Charles Rudkin
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October 12, 2018
Roy was my longest friendship, and I miss our almost weekly conversations over high school and daily events. We were in the same high school class, and went to the same church. We often talked about going fishing, but never made it, and that will be one of my regrets for life. I was his best man at their wedding, and with the waning years, my brain scarcely remembers. I think of all these things each time I call Lois, and hear Roy's voice in their phone mail message. Thank you Lois for keeping his memory in that way. Chuck Rudkin
October 4, 2018
Condolences to the Hurford family. May you find peace from God during your time of grief. Rm. 15:33
Ann
September 30, 2018
Roy was a great neighbor, always happy to share advice or lend a tool. He had a pleasant, friendly demeanor. He was devoted to his wife. He will be missed.
Jessica and Amer
September 30, 2018
Marci said you were in the office, I wish I could have told you in person how sorry I am for your loss. It has to happen to all of us but not so soon.
Sharon (Abernathy) Sorenson
September 30, 2018
Roy was a great flight instructor and had many students. I was one, He let me wash planes for flight time, and was always light hearted when you begged for a plane ride. He got me one of my first jobs, and had time to listen when you needed a friend. He was someone I never forgot. My deepest sympathy to his entire family respectfully Bruce Barker Battleground
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