Joe Clayton Hetzel, 78, of Tabor, died April 27, 2013, at Tabor Manor in Tabor. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Peterson Mortuary in Glenwood. Rev. Jay Wheeler will officiate. Interment will be in the Tabor Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mills/Fremont Rural Fire Protective Association.
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Joe was born May 2, 1934, in Strahan, to Theodore and Osie (Hummel) Hetzel. The family resided on the farm in rural Tabor.
Joe married Ila Fern Schoening June 3, 1956, in Glenwood. To this union two children were born, Shirley and Scott. They lived a short time in Randolph until Joe's father became ill. They returned to the family farm, where Joe remained until shortly before his death. He farmed by day and worked at the Armour Packing Plant during the night shift. Joe was in the National Guard for nine-and-a-half years and also served as the secretary for the Rural Fire Association for a number of years. He was a steward of the land and also maintained several gardens surrounding their home. Joe will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Preceding Joe in death were his parents, granddaughter, Amy Fisher; son-in-law, Doug Fisher; brother, Wayne Hetzel amd sister, Lois Arp. He is survived by his wife, Ila Fern Hetzel of Tabor; children, Shirley and husband Roger Curry of Brewster, Wash.; Scott and wife Pam Hetzel of Tabor; six grandchildren: Michael (Kaely) Fisher, Jennifer Fisher (Esteban Najera), Matthew (Patty) Fisher, Joseph Hetzel, Jacob Hetzel, Julia Hetzel; great-granddaughter, Emylah Najera; brother, Jesse Hetzel of Malvern; extended relatives and many friends.
Published in The Opinion-Tribune on May 1, 2013