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Ronald L. Hertel passed away peacefully in Santa Paula, California on Friday, August 29, 2014 after a lengthy illness.
A third-generation Venturan, Ron was born November 17, 1933 in Oxnard to Bernice McDivitt Hertel and Francis Westerfeld Hertel. He spent his childhood in Ventura where he was an outstanding junior tennis player. In 1949, Ron and doubles partner Jim Perley won the Ojai Boys 15 and under doubles, and in 1951, the two won the Ojai Boys 18 and under doubles.
After graduating from Ventura High School and spending a summer in the Merchant Marine in 1951, he attended and graduated from Stanford University with a B. S. degree in Engineering. While at Stanford he was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity. Upon graduating in June 1955, he married fellow Stanford graduate and Ventura native Carolyn Woolsey, who he had met in kindergarten and had begun dating in high school.
After their wedding, the couple moved to Taft, California for 8 months while Ron worked at Standard Oil. After 8 months, Ron and Carolyn moved back to Ventura and worked with the Walter Scholtz Construction Company for several years. Then, in 1963, he founded R. L. Hertel Constructors Inc., where he built over 2,000 homes and developed industrial and commercial properties throughout the Ventura area.
His commitment to his community was apparent in his service as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Ventura Community Memorial Hospital. Later he was a Founder and the first Chairman of the Benefactors of Community Memorial Hospital. He was President of the East Ventura Rotary, President of the Ventura Port District Board, and was on the boards of the United Way and Ventura County Community Foundation and a member of the Stanford Major Gifts Committee. He was also a leader in the Ventura County Chamber of Commerce, Ventura County Economic Development Association, and Ventura Building Industry Association, as well as a member of the Board of Directors at Bank of A. Levy.
Ron was the Canoe/Kayak Sports Commissioner for the 1984 Olympics and was responsible for site planning, construction, personnel, and international coordination and competition. Because of this experience, he became an avid kayaker and along with frequent outings at his and Carolyn's Faria beach house, he took trips to kayak in Costa Rica, the Napali Coast of Kauai in Hawaii, and the rivers and reefs of Fiji. Ron and Carolyn's love of travel took them to many exciting destinations. One place they always returned as often as they could was Hawaii, where they first visited on their honeymoon in 1955.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Carolyn Woolsey Hertel; his children, Ronald Woolsey Hertel, Caryn Hertel Woodburn and husband Doug, Camille Hertel Tompkins and husband Roger; his grandchildren, Carl Hertel, Clay Hertel, Craig Hertel, Chase Hertel, Jeanette Woodburn, Sharon Woodburn Buckby (Matt), Doug Woodburn, Cameron Hahn (Patty), Keenan Hahn, and Ray Tompkins; and Ron's sisters, Marianne Mize and Marlene Crozier and numerous nieces and nephews.
Our thanks to aides Mark, Omar, Gina, and Jamie for their devoted help. Services will be held at Community Presbyterian Church, 1555 Poli Street, Ventura, CA 93001, on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
The family asks that donations be made to Livingston Memorial VNA, 1996 Eastman Avenue, Suite 101, Ventura, CA 9300, Assisted Healthcare Services, 4450 Westinghouse Street, Suite 102, Ventura, CA 93003, or thewww.tedmayrfuneralhome.com.
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Antonia’s home is Zell am See, Austria, which is a suburb of Salzburg, where she lives with her mother and father.
Antonia is now in Ojai where she will spend her year attending Nordhoff High School. I will try and get bring her to visit the club soon.
Jan Lindsay touched many lives, from Ventura to Nicaragua, and throughout the world. We gather to pay tribute to the life of a man who worked to bring so much light to his family, friends, community, and the worlds most disadvantaged. Join family and friends in Celebrating the life of Jan Lindsay at this special event.
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