Rev. James W. Hertel, Greenwood

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Rev. James W. Hertel

The Rev. James W. Hertel, 99, of Greenwood, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014.

He was born Oct. 19, 1914, in Dixon, Ohio. He enjoyed spiritual and classical music and collecting memorabilia and artifacts from their trips. He was an avid reader.

He and his wife traveled internationally, including 30 trips to the Holy Land.

Rev. James W. Hertel served as pastor, evangelist and college president for 62 years. He served in churches in Elnora, English, Columbus, Evansville, Indianapolis (Blaine and Belmont) and Bicknell. After retirement, he served at Salem United Methodist Church for 12 years. He was president of Franklin Pilgrim College from 1959 to 1966.

Survivors include his wife of 77 years, Martha L. Hertel; children, Dr. Marti Eicholz (Robert) of San Diego and Dr. J. Wesley Hertel (Pat) of Greenwood; seven grandchildren, Gretchen Beaman of Franklin, Amanda Haase of Franklin, Justin Hertel of Chicago, Robert Eicholz of California, Alan Eicholz of California, Anna Lovell of South Carolina and Emily Semmler of Greenwood; and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Alfred and Emmanuel “Dale” Hertel; and sisters, Mildred Meyer and Velma Manuel.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Auburn United Methodist Church, 3100 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church. He will be laid to rest at The Gardens at Olive Branch Cemetery in Greenwood.

Memorial contributions may be made to the mission fund at Mount Auburn United Methodist Church.

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G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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