Rodger and Alice Herbst

Herbst, Rodger and Alice

Alice Alvina Otto Herbst, passed from this earth to Heaven on June 21, 2011. This notice was withheld at the request of her husband until his passing. Alice was born on Aug. 20, 1922, on a dairy farm near Lark, Wis., to Alvina Heinrich Otto and Anton Otto. She was a graduate of Bellin Hospital School of Nursing the class of 1944. She worked as a nurse manager there after graduation. She married Rodger Herbst on March 2, 1946; they were partners for 65 years. They had two daughters, Valerie (Lee) and Nathalie. In 1963, the family relocated to Ft. Lauderdale, where Alice was employed as Site Director for the Hollywood Clinic of the Broward County Health Department. She took an active role raising her three grandchildren. In 1984, she and Rodger retired to Lake City, Florida. Alice was a volunteer at the VA Hospital and was active in the Women's Club. She attended Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Alice had the soul of a true gardener; all those under her care flourished and grew strong. She had an enormous capacity for joy and shared laughter wherever she went. Her light shone brightly in this world and will continue undiminished in the Next. Alice was preceded in death by her parents and brother, William Otto.

Rodger Edward Herbst, went to join his wife in Paradise Feb. 11, 2012. He was born July 30, 1922. in Green Bay, Wis., to Lydia Kraynick Herbst and Edward Herbst. At age 16 he joined the Army. He became a Sergeant at 18 years of age. He was part of the Allied Expedition Force in 1942 and served in combat in New Guinea. He attained the rank of corporal. He continued to serve in the National Guard until retirement. After the war he worked at Northern Transportation as a diesel mechanic. He married Alice Otto on March 2, 1946, a union which lasted 65 years. He had two daughters, Valerie (Lee) and Nathalie. In 1963, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to escape the brutal northern winters. While there he worked at DeWind Tractor Trailer repairing large diesel Engines. He retired to his "little house on the" in Lake City, Fla., in 1984. In his spare time he build HO gauge railroads and scale models. He was an ardent military historian. He was a born to the breed Packer fan. He was fascinated by how things worked and could fix almost anything. Rodger was a Lutheran by faith. He was a good man and a good soldier - loyal, brave, humble and intelligent.

Rodger was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Roy (Lorayne) Herbst.

They will be mourned by their daughters, Nathalie and Valerie; her grandchildren, Rodger (Ria) Hughes, Michael (Tammy) Hughes, Jennifer Rutt; her great- grandchildren, Joshua, Jordan and Jayden Hughes; her sister, Marjorie(Frank) Wessley; adopted family, Tommy and Edna Munroe; her many nieces and nephews residing in Wisconsin; and all the birds she so lovingly tended around her home; his nephew Dustin (Daphne) Herbst, Green Bay, Wis.; forever friends, Gordon (Tee) Kellner, Green Bay; and his three grey tom cats.

Private services were held in Lake City, Fla. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the National Cemetery at Bushnell, Fla.


Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Feb. 10, 2013