Hurlburt ‘Burt’ W. Haring

By on January 16, 2014

Hurlburt (Burt) W. Haring, 88, of Cornell, Mich., formerly of Elburn, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 14, 1925, in Marquette, Mich., the fourth son of Leslie and Florence (June) Haring.

Burt graduated from Escanaba (Mich.) High School in 1943, where he met and fell in love with Norma Sanville. Burt and Norma married June 22, 1946. He farmed in Michigan until 1950, when they moved their young family to Illinois. There he farmed for a time before becoming a milkman for Riverview Dairy in St. Charles, and Ludwig Dairy in Elgin, Ill. He finished out his career working as a maintenance supervisor at The State Bank of St. Charles. They lived and worked in Illinois for 38 years before returning to Michigan to retire in 1988.

Burt was a devout man of God throughout his life. He taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and held many leadership positions both in Michigan and during his time at First Baptist Church of Geneva. During his lifetime, Burt had many interests and hobbies, including woodworking, stained glass, riding ATVs to hunt for wild mushrooms or raspberries, and in retirement, playing the harmonica both for pleasure and for leading worship.

Burt is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Vernon; one daughter, Cherie; and two daughters-in-law, Donna and JoAnn.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Norma (Sanville) Haring of Cornell; his four children, Dick Haring of Cornell, David (Melody) Haring of Sigel, Penn., Daren (Lori) Haring of Elburn and Christine Haring-Clausen (Jim Clausen) of Geneva; three brothers, Robert (Audrey) Haring of Grand Marais, Minn., G. Wilber (Elaine) Haring of Fairhope, Ala., and R. Kenyon Haring of Downers Grove, Ill.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held Dec. 19 at Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. For more information, visit