In memory of
Joseph Wilfred Herd Jr.
In memory of
Joseph Wilfred Herd Jr.
Joseph Wilfred Herd Jr. BATH Born on June 18, 1927, Joe passed away on Feb. 11, 2021. He was the son of Joseph W. and Carrie May (Von Steuben) Herd of the little slate town of Chapman Quarries, PA. His boyhood activities centered in the family, church, boyhood pals, outdoor adventures, delivering newspapers and selling war bonds for the Bethlehem Globe Times, and the Boy Scouts, where he achieved the rank of Life Scout. After graduating from Nazareth High School in 1945, he enlisted in the Army, and served among the first of the occupation troops in recently surrendered Germany. He was assigned to the 192nd Signal Repair Company outside Mannheim as a dispatcher and truck driver, transferring German POWs, GIs and officers to their assignments. Upon release from the Army, worked in the Stoddard Slate Quarry in Pen Argyl as a slate dresser, before being employed by Bethlehem Steel to hammer down ore that didn't immediately fall through the dump grates. He then worked for the local railroads in several capacities: as a gandydancer, pounding down spikes in laying new rails; as a clerk at Benders Junction in Moore Township; as a rivet-heater in Pen Argyl; and as the Weighmaster at Lehigh & New England's Tadmor Railyard at Bath. Joe also worked as a clerk and dispatcher for Lone Star Cement. He farmed for a few years with Bart Gilbert of Chapman Quarries, raising black angus steer, pigs and chickens on the farm he rented from his uncle Fred Herd. In June 1948, Joe married his high school sweetheart, Gladys (Rusty) Roth and spent the next 69 years making a life together until her passing in October 2017. In 1962, he studied to become a multiline insurance agent with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Starting with fire and allied lines, then life and auto, general liability, and later mutual funds, he passed all his licensing exams on his first attempts. He opened an office in his rural Moore Township farmhouse before moving his home and office to South Walnut St. in Bath. He was a member of Nationwide's exclusive Challenger Club for many years for meeting annual sales goals among several lines of business. After a very successful, 30-year, highly respected, award-winning career, Joe retired from Nationwide in 1992. Throughout it, he was able to work from his home business office, always being readily available to his family. Joe contributed in meaningful ways to his community and church. His lifetime assistance to the Chapman Quarries United Methodist Church included serving as Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent, choir member, Treasurer, and on the Administrative Council and Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. He served as a Boy Scout Troop 33 Committeeman, and as a 32-degree Mason in the Manoquesy Lodge, Bath. He and Rusty volunteered for the Governor Wolf Historical Society as members of the Board of Directors, and he as Treasurer, for 10 years. Together they also delivered meals to shut-ins for Northampton County Meals on Wheels-he for 25 years, she for 40 years. They were also active in the Penna. Cornwall Association-Penkernewek, Pen Argyl. Joe's survivors include his daughters April Denny and her husband Joe, Priscilla Herd, and Ann Gay and her husband Rodger; son Tim Herd and his wife Carol; brother Robert Herd; 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 69 years Gladys (Rusty) Herd, his son Brian Herd, sisters Lillie Roberts, Betty Way Hoffman, Grace Lobb, and brothers David Herd and Arthur Herd. A public memorial service will be scheduled later this year. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to the following choices. In honor of the excellent facilities and care during his last years residing at Moravian Hall Square: The Good Samaritan Fund, to aid other residents; and the Employee Appreciation Fund, both c/o Morningstar Living Foundation, 175 W. North Street, Nazareth, PA 18064. (Note which fund.) And to his lifelong church for his spiritual foundations: Chapman Quarries United Methodist Church, 1433 Main Street Chapman, Bath, PA 18014. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GEORGE G. BENSING FUNERAL HOME, LLC, in the Village of Moorestown - Bath. George G. Bensing Funeral Home 2165 Community Drive Bath, PA 18014-9503 (610) 759-3901
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Joseph Wilfred Herd Jr.
Joseph Wilfred Herd Jr. BATH Born on June 18, 1927, Joe passed away on Feb. 11, 2021. He was the son of Joseph W. and Carrie May (Von Steuben) Herd of the little slate town of Chapman Quarries, PA. His boyhood activities centered in the family, church, boyhood pals, outdoor adventures, delivering newspapers and selling war bonds for the Bethlehem Globe Times, and the Boy Scouts, where he achieved the rank of Life Scout. After graduating from Nazareth High School in 1945, he enlisted in the Army, and served among the first of the occupation troops in recently surrendered Germany. He was assigned to the 192nd Signal Repair Company outside Mannheim as a dispatcher and truck driver, transferring German POWs, GIs and officers to their assignments. Upon release from the Army, worked in the Stoddard Slate Quarry in Pen Argyl as a slate dresser, before being employed by Bethlehem Steel to hammer down ore that didn't immediately fall through the dump grates. He then worked for the local railroads in several capacities: as a gandydancer, pounding down spikes in laying new rails; as a clerk at Benders Junction in Moore Township; as a rivet-heater in Pen Argyl; and as the Weighmaster at Lehigh & New England's Tadmor Railyard at Bath. Joe also worked as a clerk and dispatcher for Lone Star Cement. He farmed for a few years with Bart Gilbert of Chapman Quarries, raising black angus steer, pigs and chickens on the farm he rented from his uncle Fred Herd. In June 1948, Joe married his high school sweetheart, Gladys (Rusty) Roth and spent the next 69 years making a life together until her passing in October 2017. In 1962, he studied to become a multiline insurance agent with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Starting with fire and allied lines, then life and auto, general liability, and later mutual funds, he passed all his licensing exams on his first attempts. He opened an office in his rural Moore Township farmhouse before moving his home and office to South Walnut St. in Bath. He was a member of Nationwide's exclusive Challenger Club for many years for meeting annual sales goals among several lines of business. After a very successful, 30-year, highly respected, award-winning career, Joe retired from Nationwide in 1992. Throughout it, he was able to work from his home business office, always being readily available to his family. Joe contributed in meaningful ways to his community and church. His lifetime assistance to the Chapman Quarries United Methodist Church included serving as Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent, choir member, Treasurer, and on the Administrative Council and Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. He served as a Boy Scout Troop 33 Committeeman, and as a 32-degree Mason in the Manoquesy Lodge, Bath. He and Rusty volunteered for the Governor Wolf Historical Society as members of the Board of Directors, and he as Treasurer, for 10 years. Together they also delivered meals to shut-ins for Northampton County Meals on Wheels-he for 25 years, she for 40 years. They were also active in the Penna. Cornwall Association-Penkernewek, Pen Argyl. Joe's survivors include his daughters April Denny and her husband Joe, Priscilla Herd, and Ann Gay and her husband Rodger; son Tim Herd and his wife Carol; brother Robert Herd; 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 69 years Gladys (Rusty) Herd, his son Brian Herd, sisters Lillie Roberts, Betty Way Hoffman, Grace Lobb, and brothers David Herd and Arthur Herd. A public memorial service will be scheduled later this year. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to the following choices. In honor of the excellent facilities and care during his last years residing at Moravian Hall Square: The Good Samaritan Fund, to aid other residents; and the Employee Appreciation Fund, both c/o Morningstar Living Foundation, 175 W. North Street, Nazareth, PA 18064. (Note which fund.) And to his lifelong church for his spiritual foundations: Chapman Quarries United Methodist Church, 1433 Main Street Chapman, Bath, PA 18014. Arrangements have been entrusted to the GEORGE G. BENSING FUNERAL HOME, LLC, in the Village of Moorestown - Bath. George G. Bensing Funeral Home 2165 Community Drive Bath, PA 18014-9503 (610) 759-3901
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