Herbert L. Hetzler: 1924-2012
April 24, 2012
Herbert L. Hetzler, 87, of Muscatine, Iowa, died on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Sunnybrook of Muscatine.
A Celebration of Life Service was held on Monday, April 23, 2012, at Sweetland United Methodist Church. Rev. Jim Turner of the Sweetland United Methodist Church officiated. Private Burial took place in Greenwood Cemetery.
Herbert was born on Sept. 6, 1924, in Muscatine County, the son of Eugene and Gertrude Raub Hetzler. He married Martha L. Kemper on July 19, 1953, at the Sweetland United Methodist Church.
He was a graduate of the University of Iowa.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Herbert served from 1946-1949, during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
He worked as a chemist in the medical labs at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and the clinic in Oakdale.
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He was a member of the Phi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, University of Iowa I Club, and was an active member at Sweetland United Methodist Church and was an avid Hawkeye fan.
A former Fraser resident, he loved to garden and growing strawberries, sweet corn, and tomatoes were his specialties.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Martha Hetzler of Muscatine; two sons, Douglas Hetzler and wife Suzanne, of Soquel, Calif., and Byron Hetzler of Granby; one daughter, Debra Keely and husband, Stan, of Longwood, Fla.; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Leon Ramirez and husband, Leo, Patrick Keely and wife, Leslie, Jeffrey Keely, Connor Hetzler, Emily Hetzler, and Erik Hetzler; one great-granddaughter, Kaylyn Leon Ramirez; and one brother, Wilbur Hetzler and wife, Marion, of Muscatine.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marian Ide; and four brothers, Albert, Edgar, Wayne, and Marvin Hetzler.
Memorials may be made to the Sweetland United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or Iowa Hospice. Online condolences: http://www.wittichfuneralhome.com