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Howard Hetsel

19 October, 195619 November, 2020

Howard Hetsel, age 64, of Arlington, Tennessee passed away at his home on Thursday, November 19, 2020. He was born in Memphis, TN on October 19, 1956. Howard was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth; his sister, Genova and his parents, Carl Hetsel, Sr. and Florence Johnson.

He was an avid Hiker and Tennessee Naturalist. Howard was known by many as the Memphis Hiker. He had many hikes at Shelby Farms, Shelby Forest, Strawberry Plains and various parks nationwide.

There will be no services per Howard's request.

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  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, 6 January , 2021


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Ann Knighton

November 22, 2020

I first met Howard on an activity through the adventure group to count butterflies . One did not need to be in his presence for very long before realizing his immense knowledge of TN flora and his devout respect for nature. He often spoke of his many mentors that he loved. Howard loved hiking and Howard graciously shared his knowledge and love of everything in nature. He loved working in his yard and encouraged people continually to go outside -“It is a beautiful day”! Howard attributed the beginning of his love for nature from his father and family and spoke of his early childhood experiences in the outdoors. Fly High my friend. Heaven has gained a new hike leader. You will be missed ❤️ Ann