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 John Raymond Hertel

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John Raymond Hertel

Birth
Lewistown, Fergus County, Montana, USA
Death 11 Aug 2012 (aged 72)
Lewistown, Fergus County, Montana, USA
Burial Moore, Fergus County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 95383697 View Source

MOORE John Raymond Hertel, 72, died from complications of Parkinson's disease Saturday, Aug. 11, at Central Montana Medical Center.

John passed on peacefully while surrounded by family and friends.

John was born May 9, 1940, in Lewistown to Wilmer and Margaret Bricker Hertel. He attended grade school at the Trout Creek School south of Moore and graduated from Moore High School in 1958. He then attended Rocky Mountain College, graduating in 1962 with a degree in biology and physical education. John was united in marriage to Dixie Campbell on Sept. 6, 1959. They had three children.

John taught school in Moore for five years and then moved to Denton, where he taught school for six years. He coached basketball, football and track and most memorably led the Denton boys basketball team to the state tournament in 1970 for the first and only time so far. In 1973, John and his family moved back to the Hertel ranch south of Moore, where John farmed and ranched with his father and later his son.

John was very compassionately involved with community activities and organizations. He served on numerous boards, including Moore Farmers Oil, Fergus County Livestock, Norwest Bank, Farm Bureau, Moore Schools, Fergus County Port Authority, Fergus County Investment Committee and the Moccasin Experiment Station Advisory Board. He was a 4-H leader, a member of the United Methodist Church in Moore and the Judith Masonic Lodge #86 AF&AM. John had the privilege to be elected to the Montana state Senate for two consecutive terms and proudly served for eight years. He served as chair of the business and industry committee; vice chairman of education; and on the Fish Wildlife & Parks; local government committee; state administration; and private lands public wildlife council. He thoroughly enjoyed his senate experience.

John was an extremely hard worker who loved his family dearly. He so loved watching his kids and grandkids in sporting events and other achievements or just being together with them. John had a special place in his heart for his ranch, which showed with all his dedicated hard work on it. John enjoyed hiking, camping, all kinds of music and gatherings with his family and many friends.

John will be so deeply missed by his family, friends and those who knew him for his wisdom, thoughtfulness, hard work ethic and sense of humor. We were so very blessed to have had such a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. Heaven is so fortunate to have received such a gentlemanly angel.

John is survived by his wife of 53 years; three children; five grandchildren; two sisters; and cousins, nieces, nephews and his many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilmer and Margaret Hertel; and stepmother Thelma Hertel.

Complete obituary published in Great Falls Tribune on August 15, 2012


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