Our great loss…
It is with
profound sadness that we make known the much-too-soon passing of the leader of
our company, Doug Hurt, on June 10, 2009
was so much more than the driving force behind Neumayer Equipment, we mourn the
loss of the unique person he was to so many: father, grandfather, husband,
brother, uncle, cousin, boss, mentor, business partner and friend.
Born to Mary
Ruth and the late Dean Hurt in 1948, Doug spent many summers at his
grandparent’s Kentucky home where he learned the principle
of plain old hard work- a work ethic he maintained throughout his entire
serving our country in the United States Marine Corps, Doug supported his young
family as a laborer and started working with Neumayer Equipment in December 1969. As his daughter, Neumayer Equipment
President, Susan (Hurt) Burkhardt grew, so did Doug’s talents as a gifted
every facet of the business, Doug was well-prepared when the Neumayer family
elected to sell the business. With ownership secured, he and his Neumayer
family commenced to steer the business through the changing waters of the
increasingly-regulated petroleum industry. Under decades of Doug’s
energetic leadership, Neumayer Equipment has grown to include branch offices
that service a large geographical area across the Midwest.
and productive member of numerous industry groups from the Oilmen’s Club of
Greater St. Louis, to the Missouri Petroleum Marketers & C-Store
Association to the Petroleum Equipment Institute, Doug’s friends and
competitors alike, will remember him as a charismatic professional, a steadfast
competitor, and a businessman with a common-sense wisdom that earned him the
admiration and respect of all.
employees will remember a fiercely loyal boss who preferred to not be called
“boss”, and whose reminder that “today is the first day of the rest of your
life”, made our employment much more than just our “job”. There is
nothing that he would ask employees to do that he would not do himself.
his parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and cousin, a strong and guiding
presence for his daughter, Susan, son-in-law, Todd, and grandsons, Jake and
Drew, and demonstrating great love toward countless others, his absence will remain
a gaping hole in our lives. We will endeavor to practice the good and
noble example Doug set for us all in both our personal and professional lives.
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