Joseph F. Herter Sunday, May 3, 1925 - Monday, March 27, 2017

Joseph F. Herter, 91, of Eau Claire, died Monday, March 27, 2017, at Bayfront Health in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at Silver Creek United Methodist Church, Dowagiac, of which he was a member. Heather McDougall will officiate, and burial will be in Mission Hills Memorial Gardens, Niles. Friends may visit from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Bowerman Funeral Home in Eau Claire, and leave online messages at Memorial donations may be made to Silver Creek UMC, or to Indian Lake Fire Department.

Joseph was born May 3, 1925, in Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of Henry and Wilhelmina (Bauer) Herter. He farmed all of his life, as well as working in tool and die for Sundstrand Corporation, Dowagiac. He served as a volunteer fireman for the Indian Lake Fire Department, and he belonged to the Masonic Lodge and the Moose Lodge in Dowagiac. He had wintered the last 27 years at Lettuce Lake Campground in Ft. Ogden, Florida, where he had many good times and enjoyed the friendships made there.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; sons: Vernon (Vickie) Herter of Eau Claire, Niel (Gail) Kuhns of Mishawaka, Phillip Forrester of Bellevue, Michigan; daughters: Sue (Terry) Gantt of Goshen, Catherine Kramer of Coloma, Vicky Katona and Renee Bently of North Carolina; brothers: Don (Diane) Herter and Les (Joellen) Herter of Dowagiac; sisters: Linda Burget of Kalamazoo, Virginia Hughes of Eau Claire, Phyllis (Bill) Reitz and Hedy (Gene) Taube of Sevierville, Tennessee; 18 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine; son, Bill Kuhns; brothers, Victor and Ernest Herter; sisters, Nellie Price and Violet Freese; and two grandchildren, Jeff Setterburg and Kristina Kramer.


Join us on March 31, 2017, 6 - 8 p.m. Friday

Bowerman Funeral Home, 6635 East Main Street, Eau Claire, MI 49111

Join us on April 1, 2017, 10 a.m. Saturday

Silver Creek United Methodist Church, 31994 Middle Crossing Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047

Dear Carol and family,

It was such a sadness to hear of Joe's passing. Both you and he will be missed here at Lettuce Lake. We will miss your jokes and Joe's wonderful smile. God bless you and may he rest in peace.

Sandra Hewitt and Gilbert Talbot

Carol and family,
Joe and you are greatly missed and will never be forgotten by Sam Milholland and me down here at Lettuce Lake in Florida. We will especially miss Joe's smile and his friendly ways and you and him in your usual place at Coffee on Tuesdays. I am so glad that I have one of the little wooden cherry tables that Joe proudly enjoyed making. Every time I look at it I will think of Joe and you. RIP Joe. Miss you Carol.

Gayle Lohmeyer from Overland Park, Ks.

Dear Carol:  We are so very saddened to lose Joe.  Our deepest sympathy to you and to all your family.  May Joe rest in the peace of God's love and may you be comforted by your happy memories. Love, Ed & Mary Michalski, Lettuce Lake, FL

Carol- Just found out today about your Joe. Such a sweet man. Was very happy to have meeting him and you. Thinking about you. Take care. Beth Allen

Thak you for letting me be a part of your life this past year Joe  you are a special man Love you.