John Andrew Herseth

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Dr. John Andrew Herseth Dr. John Andrew Herseth was called to his eternal home July 18, 2014, at the age of 89. He passed peacefully, surrounded by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at his home in Bellingham. John was born in Hitterdal, Minn., August 26, 1924, to Cora (Sylvester) and Adolph Herseth, and was raised in Bertha, Minn. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental School in 1947 and married Betty Jane Anderson at First Lutheran in Ballard on December 31 that same year. After serving as a dentist in the military, John and Betty began his dental practice in Bothell in 1954. They raised their four children in Woodinville and Bothell. They were active members at First Lutheran in Bothell and Peace Lutheran in Monroe. Their last parish was Zion Lutheran in Snohomish. John was always active in his church in many capacities. Above all, John loved and cherished his family. He was a true renaissance man with a beautiful tenor voice that he shared at church and in a barber shop quartet. He also enjoyed golfing, hiking, skiing, growing berries, his Norwegian heritage (especially lefse making), animals (raising horses, goats, sheep, chickens, peacocks, geese and many dogs and cats), traveling, and craftsmanship (including designing and building a log home from trees on the family property), all the while maintaining his keen sense of humor. He also helped to start the Northshore First National Bank in Bothell, serving as president of the board. John was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty, his parents and siblings. He is survived by children, Elizabeth Herseth (Phil Kuyper), John Herseth, Freda Herseth (Braxton Blake), and Marie Herseth Kenote; grandchildren, Anneliese Floyd (Jared), Saul Seyler (Giovanna McLaughlin), AnneKristine Valentine (Benjamin), Rebekah AuYeung (Matthew), and Ruth Kenote; great-grandchildren, Cora Floyd, Mieka Floyd, Allegra Seyler, and Reina Seyler; and all those to follow. To honor and celebrate the life of John Herseth, there will be a memorial service and reception at Zion Lutheran Church, 329 Avenue A, Snohomish, Wash., 98290, on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Pasado's Safe Haven, P.O. Box 171, Sultan, Wash., 98294.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from July 23 to July 26, 2014
John Andrew Herseth
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