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William A. Hertel, 76, Whispering Pines, North Carolina, and formerly of Batesville, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Whispering Pines.
Born Oct. 30, 1939, in Ripley County, he was the son of Stella (Meister) and Lester Hertel. He married Connie Pfeifer Sept. 14, 1962, and she died July 24, 1977. He married Joy Jordan Dec. 16, 1996, and she survives. Bill served in the Air Force Reserves.
A manager and executive, Bill retired from Traveler's Insurance Co. after 30 years, and in 1995 moved to Whispering Pines to enjoy his passion of playing golf. A 1974 trip with several friends was all it took for him to fall in love with the area, and they would return every year until the late 1980s to play the numerous courses. Bill also was an avid fan of college sports and loved playing cards.
He is survived by his wife Joy; sons Charles (Wendy), Mark (Denise) and Eric (Kari); stepson Kevin Driscoll (Marde DeLeon); sisters Pauline Bower and Barbara May; grandchildren Emily, Abigail, Madelyn, Dalton, William and Megan Hertel; stepgrandchildren Adryiana Haar, Alexa Driscoll and Annaleasia DeLeon; and great-grandchildren Maribelle and Shelton Driscoll.
In addition to his wife Connie and parents, he was also preceded in death by sisters Margaret Oswald and Helen Franzese and brothers Richard and Charles Hertel.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church with the Rev. David Kobak, O.F.M., officiating. His ashes will be interred at St. Louis Cemetery. Following services at the cemetery, the family will receive friends at a luncheon at the Knights of Columbus hall.
The family requests memorials to First Health Hospice and Palliative Care, 242 Campground Road, West End, NC 27376.
Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published on August 8, 2016
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