Mr. Herschel S. Chase, age 88, of Rockford passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2009.
Herschel began helping farmers when he was 11 years old. On February 18, 1939, Herschel started working at Winter and Cramton Corp. as an electric platter, worked construction for a short time, worked at a plant making bomber airplanes, and then came back to work at Winter and Crampton Corp., which later became Jervis and then Alloy Tech, working there for a total of 47 years.
On September 4, 1944, he joined the UAW and has been a proud member ever since. Herschel boxed in the light heavyweight division of the Golden Gloves in Grand Rapids as a novice and won that division. He was drafted into the military and later re-enlisted, serving in the U.S. Army as S/Sgt. during WWII, serving in Japan.
On September 29, 1950, he married Joan Gross. Herschel served his community by being a paid on-call firefighter for Algoma Township, a member of the Clarence Schumacher VFW Post #3946 where he served as Commander and just about every other position, and a member of the American Legion Post #2 at the Boat and Canoe Club. Herschel is also a member of the Howard City VFW Post #3306 Renner-Locker.
After retirement, Herschel delivered Meals-on-Wheels and worked for years at Rockford Flower Shop delivering flowers, a job he really enjoyed.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joan ; daughter, Mary Lou; three grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; half-sister, Mrs. Joanne Worrel; sister-in-law, Mrs. Gladys Chase; brother-in-law, Tom Gross; many nieces and nephews, including Craig and Hildee Fisher and their sons, Connie and Ken Daniels and Leon Chase. He was preceded in death by his daughter,
Barbara Gillford; sister, Margaret Poll; brothers, Clayton, Vernon, Wayne, and Lowell; and step-brother, Delos Shay.
The service for Herschel was Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Williams officiating. Interment was in Courtland Township Cemetery. Military Honors were under the auspices of the Army National Guard. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider either the Kidney Foundation or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.