Carl Henry Herner
84, passed away on March 24, 2013 after a brief illness. Carl was born in Indianapolis on March 26, 1928, the son of Charles and Matilda Herner, descendants of German immigrants in the 1840's.
He attended Holy Name and Sacred Heart Catholic elementary schools and Southport High School before volunteering for the United States Navy in 1945 at the age of 17. He served with distinction aboard Fletcher class destroyers until his honorable discharge in 1949.
Carl served in the post-World War II Pacific, occupied-Japan and pre-Communist China. His most noteworthy service was aboard the USS Trippe at the Bikini atomic bomb tests in July, 1946. (After the testing, the USS Trippe was so radioactive that it was intentionally sunk in the Marianas Trench but Carl suffered no medical consequences during his long life.)
He was employed at the Bridgeport Brass Company from 1949 to 1984, when he retired to Bonita Springs, Florida. There he was active in sport fishing and scuba diving, returning to Indianapolis in 2006.
Carl is survived by his former wife, Kathryn Herner; a sister, Betty Wolsiffer; four sons, Mark, Matt, Carl and Dan Herner and six grandchildren, Emily Dirosa, Molly, Joe, Daniel, Andrew and Gabriella Herner.
Services will be at the Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel , 7520 Madison Avenue (317-882- 0771) on Monday, April 1st, with viewing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., service at 4 p.m., and a wake to follow in the Edelweiss Restaurant at German Park, 8602 South Meridian Street. Online condolences may be shared at the Wilson St. Pierre website: http://www.wilsonstpierre.com
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