Steve Hurst, executive director of the Missouri Self Storage Owners Association (MSSOA), passed away on June 10, 2008.
Steve was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Center High School in 1962 and received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Central Missouri State University. From 1969 to 1973, he was a member of the initial staff of Maple Woods Community College, teaching history and political science.Steve then worked for the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City as director of governmental relations.
In 1978, he was appointed Director of Commerce and Industrial Development for the state of Missouri. From 1984 to 1996, he worked for the School District of Kansas City Missouri as director of governmental relations. In later years, he was self-employed as a lobbyist and consultant for various businesses and organizations including North Kansas City Hospital, the Association for the Education of Young Children and the Retirement System of the Kansas City School District.
In recent years, Steve was executive director of the MSSOA. He had planned to retire next month.
“Steve was instrumental in building two of the top state associations in the country, and was a friend we could always count on,” said Larry Goldman, president of the Kansas Self Storage Owners Association. “Thanks to Steve's efforts, KSSOA is in a far stronger position than we have ever been, and Missouri's association has established itself as a prototype for state associations across the country. We will deeply miss Steve's talents, positive attitude and friendship.”
Steve is survived by his wife of 39 years, Janet, and his son Mark. He is also survived by his brother, James Hurst, his sister Barbara Rader, his sister, Catherine Talkington, and many nieces and nephews. Steve loved being with his family and his many friends. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services took place on June 13 at the McGilley Antioch Chapel in Kansas City, with a burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve and his family.