PORTLAND - Michael Gene Hurse, 67, of Naselle, died Aug. 23, 2009, of natural causes at the Portland VA Medical Center. He was born Aug. 26, 1941, in Portland to Edward M. and Sarah Marie (Smith) Hurse. The family lived at the old Deep River logging camp and he was raised there.
He attended school in Naselle and in his senior year of high school, joined the U.S. Navy, in which he served for four years. Following his discharge, he returned to Naselle and in 1962 married Annabelle Jackson. He found work as a truck driver, a career that spanned his entire working life, first driving log truck then long haul freight. He and Annabelle also owned and operated the Logger Family Restaurant in Naselle.
Mr. Hurse enjoyed computers, playing darts and had a lifelong interest in motorcycles. He was known for his practical jokes.
He is survived by Annabelle, of the family home, as well as children, Donna Vargas of California, Joseph (Lori) Hurst of Longview, Carmen (Ernesto) Contreras of Montana, Edward Hurst of Longview and Barbara Gonzalez of Longview; a brother, Steven (Lori) Hurse of Longview; 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and five nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m., at Peaceful Hill Cemetery in Naselle, followed by a reception at the family residence.
Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach is in charge of arrangements. The guest book may be signed at www.penttilas-chapel.com.