Herbert Otto Brendel, 89 years of age, and a resident of Amherst , passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph following a brief illness.
Herbert was born August 3, 1923 in Remscheid, Germany. His family immigrated to the United States when he was three years of age and was raised in Lorain. Herbert graduated from Lorain High School in the class of 1941B. Amherst has been his home for the last 60 years.
Herbert worked as a Pipe fitter retiring after 45 years. He was a member of the Local 42 Plumbers and Pipe fitters for 60 years. Herbert proudly served in the United States Army during World War II. He participated in the invasion of New Guinea, Morotai, Mindanao and Mindoro. Herbert retained the rank of Staff Sergeant with the 617th Port Company, 373 Battalion. He was awarded the World War II victory medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with five Bronze Stars and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. Herbert was a volunteer for the Amherst Historical Society for over 30 years and was the Chairman of the Preservation Committee of Older Homes in Amherst. He looked forward to attending his high school reunions and reconnecting with his classmates. Herbert enjoyed photography and was a "Ham" Radio operator with the call letters K8TEB. Herbert was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1662 in Amherst.
Survivors include daughter Kathy Falls (Bruce) of Hazel Park, Michigan; three grandchildren; Richard, Michael and Liberty; numerous great grandchildren; neighbor and close friend Jean M. Garra (David) of Amherst.
Herbert was preceded in death by wife of 60 years Rosemary June (nee: Wettrich) in 2007; son Douglas Brendel, twin brother Richard Brendel, and one sister, Hilda; parents Richard and Clara (nee: Borch) Brendel.
Friends may call Friday, November 9, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home; 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Hempel Funeral Home. His grandson Rev. Michael Brendel pastor of Faith Baptist Church of Bath, South Carolina will officiate. Burial will follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst, Ohio. A military service will be conducted by the Amherst Military Honor Guard.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to New Life Hospice, 3500 Kolbe Road, Lorain, Ohio 44053, who took such tender care of Herbert during his last days. The family would also like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Jean M. Garra for her kindness and care so selflessly given to Herbert over the years.