Dale Edward Herthel
February 7, 2022
Dale Edward Herthel, 96, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, February 7, 2022, at his home. He was born August 9, 1925, in Shelbyville, the son of Wilbur A. and Mary “Katheryn” (Gue) Herthel. On June 23, 1957, he married Miriam A. Eberhart, and she preceded him in death on May 9, 1982. Dale is survived by his son, Phil Herthel of Shelbyville. In addition to Miriam, Dale was preceded in death by his parents.
Dale graduated in 1943 from Shelbyville High School, and attended Purdue University from 1946 to 1947. Dale was a U.S. Army Air Corp veteran, serving during World War II, as a crewman and flight engineer on a B-29. He owned and operated a trucking business from 1947 to 1953. In 1972, he retired from Amoco Oil Co, where he worked in Marketing Management for 20 years. From 1972 to 1979, he was a broker for Herthel-VanNatta Real Estate and later Riverwood Realty. He also farmed the family farm from 1962 to 1988.
He was a member of Morristown Masonic Lodge, where he was a Past Master; Morristown Eastern Star, where he was a Past Patron;. He was a member of Shelbyville York Rite, where he held numerous offices. He was a member of the Indianapolis Scottish Rite, where he received the Meritorius Service Award in 2010. He also a member of Murat Shrine, and at the time of his death, was the oldest living past president of the Shelby County Shrine Club. He was a DeMolay advisor from 1982 to 1990 for William Hacker Chapter at Shelbyville, and for Jess K. Willard Priory at Greenfield.
Dale served on many boards in Shelby County including: Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Shelby County Extension Board, ten years on the Shelbyville Central School Board, six years on the Blue River Vocational Board, Shelby County Tax Adjustment Board, Marion Township Advisory Board, and Shelby County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed collecting masonry, antique tractors, and camping in his RV.
Visitation will be Monday 2/14, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at the Freeman Family Funeral Home, located at 819 S. Harrison Street, in Shelbyville. The Masonic Service will be at 7:30. The brethren are invited to bring their aprons and wear them for the service. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday 2/15, at the Freeman Family Funeral Home, located at 819 S. Harrison Street, in Shelbyville. Rev. Cleon Wright will be officiating. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Scottish Rite Cathedral Foundation. A basket will be available at the visitation for contributions, or they can be made online through the Indianapolis Scottish Rite Valley website.