Stanley E. Hertenstein, 86

Stanley E. Hertenstein, 86, of New Bremen died on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. following a brief illness at Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima.  

He was born on March 4, 1926, near St. Marys.  

He was the son of Lance A. and Mary E. (McConnell) Hertenstein.  On June 4, 1949, he married Dorothy M. Nuesmeyer, who preceded him in death on May 4, 2010.  

Survivors include his children, Kay (Bruce) Feiten of Mentor, June (Levi) Oaks of Cincinnati, and Steven (Jinny) Hertenstein of Indianapolis, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his brother Darrell (Billie) Hertenstein of Holly, Mich.  

Preceding him in death were his brother George Hertenstein; and his sister Amelia Sue Piper.

Mr. Hertenstein served in the South Pacific with the 41st infantry division of the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, where he was very active in several church organizations over the years. He was a charter member of the New Bremen Historic Association. He was a member of the American Legion Post 241 of New Bremen, the former New Bremen Men’s Garden Club, a former member of the Kettlersville/Van Buren Township. Fire Dept. and had attended St. Marys Memorial High School. He was an avid reader, enjoying history and geography.

He loved to travel, not only in the continental states, but worldwide. He loved gardening, yard work and especially growing all types of flowers.

He retired on Dec. 31, 1985, after 40 years, first with ODNR at Grand Lake St. Marys, where he operated the “Little Turtle” dredger and helped to form the East Bank Park area and then with the Auglaize County Highway Department.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, with Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating.  

Burial will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen.  

Calling hours will be on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen and on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services at the church.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the church memorial fund.   

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