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Herbert H. Hessil
Herbert Harold Hessil, 90, of Green Bay, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 after a brief period of declining health.
Born Oct. 12, 1926, to Adam and Ethel (Schlorf) Hessil in Milwaukee, the family moved to Koepenick, where he attended grade school and then moved to Morgan in Oconto County and graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1944. He worked on the home farm and organized a 7-piece polka band, playing for weddings and social dances from 1944-1950.
He married Jean Mathews on June 3, 1950 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Green Valley and they moved to Antigo where he hired out as a Locomotive Fireman on the Chicago and North Western Railroad.
He transferred to Green Bay in 1954 as Fireman and Engineer for 35 years and was the Fireman on the last steam locomotive to pull a revenue train for C&NW in September of 1957. He was the engineer on a special train that carried passengers to Milwaukee after the famous Packers Ice Bowl game in 1967.
After retirement, he volunteered at the National Railroad Museum, worked with the jail ministry and visited shut-ins through his church. He enjoyed fishing at Kelly Lake and bowling on senior leagues.
Family was important to him and he loved organizing family gatherings for events, holidays and special occasions and often hosted at their cottage at Kelly Lake, near Suring. He had a deep faith in God, was a friend to all and will be forever loved.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jean; a son, Wayne (Dinah); two daughters, Diane (John) Rathke and Joann (David) Borlee; three grandchildren and two sisters, Dawn Thom and Elda (John) Grade.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Donna; brother and sister-in-law, Fay (Joyce) Hessil and brother-in-law, Robert Thom.
Friends called at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Green Bay on Wednesday, July 5 from 9 a.m. until time of a funeral service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Diane Rew officiating. Interment will be at Fort Howard Cemetery in Green Bay. Blaney Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.