James Robert “Bob” Hurst, Jr.

August 31, 1961 - February 8, 2022

James Robert “Bob” Hurst, Jr., 60, of Newark, Ohio passed away unexpectedly on February 8th 2022 at his residence in Cape Coral, Florida. Bob was a 1980 graduate of Newark High School. He was a dedicated firefighter and paramedic for the Newark Fire Department for 14 years and retired as Assistant Chief. Bob will be dearly missed and always remembered. 

He is survived by his mother, Janis Hurst; sister, Angela (Pat) Winchell; daughters, Lorrie Hurst and Mollie Hurst; stepdaughter, Katie (Adrian) Leibas and five grandsons, Cooper, Asher, Bodie, Cruz, and Landon Leibas; former wives, Roseann Sparks and Linda Crothers-Hurst; several nieces and nephews; as well as the many brothers and sisters at the Newark Fire Department.

Bob was preceded in death by his sisters, Lisa Hurst and Amber Johnson; as well as his father, James Robert Hurst Sr.

Those who wish to gather in memory of Bob are welcome to raise a glass with friends and family at Don and Sue’s Pizza in Newark, on March 5, 2022 from 1-3pm.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the Newark Firefighters Local 109, PO Box 1189, Newark, Ohio 43058.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Janis Hurst Feb 23, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    Forever in my heart Sweetie. There are no words that can truly express the feeling so many of us are feeling right now. Give and get big hugs from Lisa and Amber and just know how much you are loved and missed from those of us still here. Love Forever Mom

  2. Janis Hurst Feb 23, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Baby Bobby

  3. Janis Hurst Feb 23, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    More baby Bobby

  4. Janis Hurst Feb 23, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    Bobby number 24

  5. Jen Marrero Feb 24, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    Jessica, so sorry for the loss of your uncle.

  6. Pat Feb 24, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    I know your heart is breaking Janis and am so very sorry. Words are so inadequate to express grief such as this but know you are so loved and I’m here for you if you need anything at all. You’re a good mom Janis and you sacrificed a lot to raise your family all by yourself. Your strength has always amazed me. I can’t imagine the pain you are feeling now but am here for you for whatever you may need. Love you. Pat

  7. Tammy Ricket-Schooler Feb 24, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Janis I’m so very sorry for your loss . Bob was amazing man, firefighter, softball player and friend. I just know him and Daddy(Don Brown aka Brownie) are up in Heaven fishing and remembering the good times and bad as firefighter brothers. Prayers for you and the family.

  8. Jennifer Feb 28, 2022 at 9:17 am

    I miss you Bobby. I was a lucky kid to get to spend so much of my childhood with you and your family. Thank you for being kind, for being funny, and for all of the wonderful things you did in your life.

  9. Sherri Bishop Feb 28, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    My sweet cousin, we had such good times growing up together, between Newark, Bellefontaine, Lima and Kings Island. We were a crew, so many of us. I have so many sweet memories of growing up with my cousins. We had so much fun together. We were so lucky to have had each other and to have spent so much time together. You are loved and always in our hearts.

  10. Laurie King Mar 1, 2022 at 8:52 am

    Jany-Jan – OMG! I could not believe that Bobbie had passed! Have not been able to stop thinking about you since I saw the obituary. Life is so unfair. I know that you loved your kids more than anything else in life and did everything you could for them. Will try to get to the calling hours to see you. Here’s a BIG hug for you! Talk to you soon! In case something happens, please call me at 740.223.9382. Love you!

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