James Daniel Hurley passed away peacefully at home Sunday, April 21, 2013. He was born June 26, 1954 in Hammond, Indiana, a son of John Blaise and Ella (Peterson) Hurley. Jimi attended St. John Bosco Grade School and graduated from Bishop Noll High School. He was a journeyman carpenter, working on many high profile projects in Chicagoland and Southern California.
While living in California, Jimi studied journalism at the College of the Desert (Palm Springs), then shifted careers by entering the media via newspaper and radio work. He was a sports writer for The Desert Voice and an on-air personality. Jimi DJ’d at stations in California, Colorado and North Carolina, retiring after many fulfilling years at WTTS in Bloomington, Indiana where he met his partner in life, Mary Ellen Wieland. At WTTS, Jimi was known as the blues authority, hosting a renowned weekly program, “Blues Sunday” and introducing major performers at venues throughout the State.
An avid sports fan, he loved his White Sox, Packers, Blackhawks, Bulls and (especially) Hoosiers. Jimi was known to cheer on the Colts and Pacers a time or two and saw plenty of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A talented lifelong golfer, Jimi learned the game by caddying at Woodmar Country Club in Hammond. This skill came in handy at the Bob Hope tournament in Southern California. Among others, Jimi looped for Joey Sindelar. Jimi, his brothers and friends played a lot of terrific golf throughout the years at Minne Monesse, Sherwood, Cascades, The Golf Club of Indiana, The Brickyard and Hanging Tree. His hole in one came at his home course, Pleasant Run GC.
Jimi was preceded in death by his darling baby daughter, Hannah Marie, his parents, sister, Arlene Kollada, brother, Michael Hurley, and brother-in-law, Jim Kollada. Jimi will be lovingly remembered by his sweethearts, Mary Ellen, CoCo and (of course) Rickey. Jimi is, also, survived by brothers Bill (Mary Helen) Hurley and John (Judy) Hurley, in-laws Irene Hurley, John Wieland, Monica Baldwin and Ursula (Spencer) Penrose and many special nieces and nephews.
Calling will be Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 5333 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219, followed by Mass at 2:00 PM. Immediately after services, friends will be welcomed for a meal and some music at Jimi and Mary Ellen’s home. You know the address. In lieu of flowers, donations to Our Lady of Lourdes would be greatly appreciated.