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32814 Utica Road
Fraser, MI 48026
Phone: (586) 293-3390
Fax: (586) 293-5837
William Hertel

William H. Hertel

Wednesday, September 30th, 1942 - Sunday, March 1st, 2020
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William Harold Hertel was called home to be with his Savior on March 1, 2020. He fought a long, difficult battle against Parkinson’s Disease and passed away in his sleep. Although we are all heartbroken, we rejoice, knowing he is now whole and healthy. He was 77 years of age.

Bill was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 30, 1942, son of the late Harold and Violet (Krause) Hertel. He was baptized on December 10, 1942 at St. Mark Lutheran Church of Detroit where he was also confirmed. After graduating from Denby High School, he served our country honorably in the U.S. Army for three years. Bill was united in marriage to his beloved wife, Deborah Eileen Nash, on March 15, 1972 at Salem Memorial Lutheran Church of Detroit. He started a career as the groundskeeper of St. John Hospital of Detroit and gave them 25 years of dedicated service. He was also the owner and operator of Hertel Landscape Services for many years. Bill was a devoted member of St. John Lutheran Church of Fraser for nearly 40 years. Bill always liked to keep busy and devoted his time where needed by being an usher, Elder, volunteering as a baseball coach, the “Keeper of the Fire”, led Bible studies, the MCREST program and Boars Head. He loved his Lord, was driven and was all in. Bill was one of kind; his goal in life was to make people laugh and his goal was met. He loved to talk politics and his voice was always known. Bill understood the value of friendship, was loyal and trustworthy. His compassion and friendship he extended was a blessing to all. It was always his faith in his Lord our Savior that got him through all life's ups and downs. Bill loved his family and treasured each and every moment shared in their company. He will be deeply missed and his light will shine in our hearts forever.

Bill is the devoted and loving husband of 48 years to Deborah; cherished father of Cindi Hertel, Kelly (Doug) Hood; Beth (Dana), William (Evonne) and Michael (Kara); dearest grandfather of Daniel, Katelyn, Alison, Ainsley, Ivy, Clara, Ophelia and Nash; dear brother of Marilyn (the late Jack) Grennan and the late Gloria (Fred) Gieseking; and uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home, 32814 Utica Road, Fraser on Friday from 2pm – 8pm. A service will be held Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church at 11am with additional visitation starting at 10am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be addressed to St. John Lutheran Church in Bill’s memory. Share memories at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 6th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, March 6th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home
    32814 Utica Road
    Fraser, Michigan 48026
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 11:00am
    St. John Lutheran Church
    16339 Fourteen Mile Road
    FRASER, MI 48026
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    Additional Visitation From 10am - 11am


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Joe Martin

Posted at 11:22am
The only man to influence me more than Mr. Hertel was my own father. He coached his son, Mike and I in Mel Ott baseball. I also worked for Mr. Hertel, Mike, Bill, my brother Dan and another close friend, Steve, cutting lawns for 5 or 6 summers. We spent countless hours driving from job to job discussing politics, sports, family, faith and lots of other topics. He always treated all of us with respect and looked out for us. The summer of 05' was just Mr. Hertel and I working. I got to see him a little differently. We took longer lunches and did a lot of talking. He shared lots of wisdom with me.
We had our last conversation at his grandson Nash's Baptism last year in St. John church. Rest in Peace Mr. Hertel. - Joe Martin

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Mike klein

Posted at 09:14pm
Miss those days working with Bill during our Mel Ott days coaching our sons. Bill is now with our Lord and free of pain. RIP my friend Mike Klein

Cindi Hertel

Posted at 05:50pm
Fly with the Angels Dad and rejoice with the Lord!
Will miss you much!!!
Love Cindi

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