Herbert George Kiehl was many things -- a loving husband, a devoted father and a caring friend. He was a grandfather to eight, and a mentor to many. He knew not a stranger. His contagious kindness touched the lives of everyone he met. Herbert filled the world with laughter.
More importantly, Herbert was a man of God. Even in his last moments on this earth, Herbert sang God's praises and whispered the Lord's Prayer. Now, he is at home with his Father, singing with the angels … forever watching down on those he left behind.
Herbert George Kiehl, 86, died on January 23, 2009, in his home of 55 years in rural Malta Bend, Mo. Born on December 11, 1922, he was the fourth child of Bernhardt Wilhelm Kiehl and Emilie Ida Caroline Hill. He was baptized on December 17, 1922, and was confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He began his education at Bethlehem Lutheran School in Mt. Leonard, and then attended Malta Bend High School where he graduated in 1942.
On August 29, 1953, he married Pauline Marie Krone at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Westlake, Ohio. They had three daughters -- Barbara, Janet and Marjorie -- whom he affectionately called "his boys."
A lifelong farmer, Herbert was a faithful steward of the land and enjoyed tending to God's miracles each and every day. Herbert worked for A.H. Orr for many years and continued to farm that land the rest of his life. He enjoyed basketball, bowling, horseshoes and golf. He especially loved watching his grandchildren grow and sharing his love of the farm with them.
Throughout his life, Herbert was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mt. Leonard where he taught Sunday School and served as an Elder and Trustee. He was also a member and past president of Farm Bureau, the Lutheran Layman's League and Aid Association for Lutherans.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline; three daughters, Barbara Hoffman and husband, Dan, of Norfolk, Neb., Janet Vesser and husband, Bart, of Gilliam, Mo., and Marjorie Tieman and husband, Greg, of Blackburn, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Other survivors are sisters Esther Wolpers and Emma Langewisch, brother Martin Kiehl and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Elmer Kiehl.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2009, at Zion Lutheran Church in Blackburn with Rev. Timothy Miille officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in Salt Springs Cemetery in Saline County. Memorials may be made to The Lutheran Hour or St. Paul High School. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
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