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Hershel Herman Siebrass, age 84, of Mankato, died Thursday, February 9, 2017.
Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at Northview - North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, with Rev. Mike Omtvedt officiating. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the mortuary. Interment will be in Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.
Hershel was born December 20, 1932, on a farm near Blue Hill, NE. He was the son of Martin and Elsa (Petri) Siebrass. Hershel attended District #50 and Trinity Lutheran Parochial schools. He graduated from Blue Hill High School in 1950 and the University of Nebraska - Kearney in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. Hershel received his Master of Arts Degree from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion in 1960. Hershel joined the U.S. Army on July 17, 1954, serving in the 97th Signal Battalion, Panzer Kaserne at Boeblingen, Germany. He was honorably discharged on May 30, 1956, at Fort Hamilton, NY. Hershel was united in marriage to Kathleen Johnson on April 11, 1954. He later married Grace Sheely Stoutenberg on June 27, 1992.
Hershel taught various science classes at Cozad, NE and Mankato West High School, retiring in 1993. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and several other groups and committees. Hershel had many interests and hobbies at various times in his life which included refinishing furniture, being outdoors, fishing, hunting, bird watching, and photography. He enjoyed traveling to all 50 of the United States, southern Canada, northern Mexico, Europe, Bolivia, and Peru.
Hershel is survived by his wife, Grace Siebrass of Mankato; two daughters, Susan (Kenneth) Schwichtenberg of Belle Plaine and Janet (Gregory) Bernu of Cloquet; three step-children, Vicki Wicka of Winona, Donald Stoutenberg of Lexington, KY, and Peggy (Anthony) Olivier of Robbinsdale; four grandchildren and 23 step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and 14 step-great-grandchildren; five great-great-step-grandchildren; sister, Norma Osterbuhr of Hastings, NE; brother, Martin Siebrass of Louisville, NE; several nieces, nephews, and special family friend, Lynn Lanier of Duluth.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kathleen 'Kay' Siebrass in 1989; one step-grandson, Abraham Lytle in 1998; and special family friend, James Lanier.
Published on February 12, 2017
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