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Norman Bryant Hertel
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Norman Bryant Hertel

Norman Bryant Hertel, 94, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed Saturday, April 28, 2018 as the result of a vehicle accident.
He was born February 2, 1924 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Oscar and Augusta (Mayer) Hertel.
Norman married Lenore M. (Foss) Hertel on September 20, 1947 at St. Peter Lutheran Church which was at fourth and Dolman at that time. Norman and Lenore celebrated 70 years and 7 months of marriage.
He attended Lafayette High School. Norman was an auto mechanic specializing in carburetor tune up. He worked at Swaffords Motors for several years. He and his brother, Ernest Hertel, worked together at Citgo Service Station at 25th and Clay Street. Norman worked at Auto Electric and Magneto for 38 ½ years retiring from there in 1988. He also worked for Charlie Cutler for a short time.
He was a lifelong member of St. Peter Lutheran Church having been baptized, confirmed, married and now funeral services at the church. He sang in the church choir for 80 plus years. Norman was an Elder, on the Finance Committee, Christian Board of Education, Board of Trustees and taught Adult Bible Class. He loved his Lord. He was a man of great faith and had God at the center of his marriage.
Norman enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Charlotte Einspahr; brother, Ernest Hertel; son, Bryant Hertel; daughter, Janet Hertel; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Survivors include his wife, Lenore; two daughters, Karen Ruhnke (Larry) and Gail Hertel; four grandchildren, Tonya Prater (Farryl) Prater, Tasha Goldesberry, Damon Powell (Crystal) and Michael Hertel; six great-grandchildren, Justin Nolan, Adrian Nolan, and Dakota McQuiston, Brittanie Harrington (Keyton), Bryson Goldsberry and Sydney Powell; two step-great-grandchildren, Chris McQuiston and Shannon Gilpin; five great-great-grandchildren, Brayden, Caden, Rylen Nolan, Kaevan Harrington, Cyrus Hatfield and another great-great-grandson due in August to Brittanie and Keyton; brother-in-law, Vernon Foss; daughter-in-law, Julie Hertel. numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Norman loved and cherished his family and was proud of each and every one of them. He will be greatly missed and his family knows that he is in the resting arms of his Savior and singing in the choir of Angels.
Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Friday, St. Peter Lutheran Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to St. Peter Lutheran Church. Online guest book and obituary at

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St. Joseph , Missouri


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