Obituary: Donald Eugene Hergert
September 12, 2015
Donald Eugene Hergert, 82, of rural Windsor, passed away Sept. 10, 2015, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley due to complications from a cancer surgery.
Donald was born to Henry and Mollie (Felte) Hergert on Oct. 9, 1932 in a three-room shack southeast of Windsor. He attended a small rural elementary school, Lucas, southwest of Eaton until 1946. Don always bragged about being second in his class at Lucas; there were only two students! He attended high school in Windsor and earned his diploma in 1950. After high school Don attended Colorado A&M and participated in the Air Force ROTC training program. He graduated from college in 1955 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Animal Production and began active duty in the USAF as a 2nd Lieutenant. Don enjoyed and participated in a variety of sports. He pitched for the Colorado Aggies baseball team, missing a perfect game by one pitch.
In 1952, Don married his high school sweetheart, Dolores Schneider, whom he met at an elementary school track meet. Don and Dolores were married for 63 years as of Sept. 7, 2015. He was a farmer and cattleman and belonged to Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Cattle Feeder's Association, Colorado Livestock Association, and was a feedlot partner with Certified Angus Beef. In the community, he participated with Weld Information and Referral Services, American Historical Society for Germans from Russia, Lion's Club, Windsor Chamber of Commerce, and Windsor School Board. Almost every Sunday morning, Don could be found worshiping God at Bethel Lutheran Church, where he and Dolores volunteered in many ways.
Don was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dean.
He is survived by his sister, Shirley Polk; brother, Richard; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Don and Dolores have five children (Carrie, Alan, Lisa, Paula, and Steven), nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He will be greatly missed by many.
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The public is welcome to attend a viewing 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, at Marks Funeral Chapel, 9293 Eastman Park Drive, Windsor. Internment at 10 a.m., at Lakeview Cemetery in Windsor, followed by the funeral service and luncheon at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 328 Walnut St., Windsor.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bethel Lutheran Church or the Windsor Food Pantry.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.marksfuneralservice.com.