EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — David Leroy Hertsel, 66, of Edwardsburg, passed to his rest Wednesday, Aug. 20, while a patient at Kindred Hospital of Northern Indiana in Mishawaka, Ind., after an illness.
He was born July 5, 1948, in Dowagiac, the son of Ralph and Esther (Smith) Hertsel.
After high school, David entered the U.S. Army and served his country well in the Vietnam War. He received the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm. He also received the Army Commendation Medal.
David worked for several tool and die companies, the last being Hess Engineering on Redfield Road, east of Niles. He was a devoted family man who enjoyed spending time with his family, whether it be cook-outs or just visiting.
David was married to Cheryl A. (Hiner) Hertsel. She passed Dec. 30, 2009.
He is survived by their children, Roberta Pope of Stevensville and Wade (Melissa) Hertsel of Elkhart, Ind. There are five grandchildren, Jessica, Zachary, Haley, Nathan and Ethan; and one great-grandchild, Willow. David has one brother and four sisters, Daniel (Gail) Hertsel of Nappanee, Ind., Sharon (John) Smith of Elkhart, Diane (John) Areklet of Pentwater, Sally Baucom of Cassopolis and Betty (Jerry) Olszewski of Noblesville, Ind.
Family who had passed were his wife and his parents.
Family and friends may gather 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, 26863 W. Main St. (U.S. 12). The service of remembrance will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at the funeral home. Officiating will be his nephew, Mike Hertsel of Syracuse, Ind. Family and friends may gather Monday, Aug. 25, at the funeral home for an hour before the service. Interment will follow at the Edwardsburg Cemetery with the U.S. Army Honor Guard folding and presenting the flag. Military TAPS will be played by his nephew, Mike Smith.
Arrangements are by Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home in Edwardsburg.