John Ernest Hertner, MD, 86 of Ft. Lauderdale passed away on March 14, 2001. Dr. Hertner was born in Lakewood, OH, on June 2, 1914. He was a General Practitioner and later an Ophthalmologist in Ohio before the family moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1959, where he practiced Ophthalmology until 1987. John served in the U.S. Navy as a Lt. (j.g.) in World War II. His destroyer, The Mannert L. Abele, was sunk off the coast of Okinawa and he received the Purple Heart in the service of his county. In World War II histories, he is described as a Hero for his efforts in freeing his shipmates from their doomed destroyer and the treatment of his fellow sailors in the shark infested waters of the Pacific. John Hertner has been a devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather and friend to those of us enriched by his presence. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mildred "Milly" Rudd Hertner, three daughters, Sandie Bowring of Ft. Lauderdale, Nancy Montgomery of Hendersonville, NC, Barbie Thomas of Gainesville, FL, two son-in-laws, Bill Montgomery and Dave Thomas, longtime friend, Fred Beecher, five granddaughters, Frankie Smith, Millie Montgomery, Lynn Tatum, Rebbeca Lambert and Holly Boyd, four great grandchildren, Spencer and Adrian Smith, Krista and Billy Tatum, one brother and sister-in-law, George and Bernice Hertner of Winter Park, FL, two nephews, John and Tom Hertner and a niece, Elizabeth Mihalik. The family will receive …. Until the time of services at 1:30 p.m. in Fred Hunter's Ft. Lauderdale Home, 718 S. Federal Highway. Dr. Keith Riddle of First Presbyterian Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Hospice Care of Broward County will be appreciated.
Mildred Arline Rudd Hertner
1912–2007 (m. 1937)