February 2, 1926 – June 10, 2019
Bert Hetherington passed away peacefully at Valley Manor Nursing Home on June 10th, 2019 at age 93.
He was born in Three Sands, Oklahoma on February 2, 1926 to Bert and Lissie Hetherington. He grew up on his family's farm in Osage County. Whie attending school, Oklahoma, he won many awards in mathematics. While growing up, Bert was on several wheat harvesting crews and haying operations throughout Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Kansas.
He was drafted into the Army and on his 18th birthday boarded a ship in Boston Harbor, bound for Le Havre, France. During World War II, Bert served in the Army's 20th armored division under General Patton. He was in the Battle of the Buldge and part of the liberation of Dachau concentration camp. After the war ended, he moved to Grand Junction, Colorado where he met his wife Wynona Jean Scoggins. They were married for 69 years. She preceded him in death in 2014.
Bert became a farmer on Orchard Mesa and started Hetherington Peaches in 1947 with his wife Wynona Jean. He also became a journeyman carpenter and built many homes and buildings in the Grand Valley, Delta, and Monstrose areas. He was part of the Central Orchard Mesa Fire Department as Chief for 26 years. Bert loved the outdoors, especially fishing in Colorado and on many vacations fishing in Mexico with his wife, family, and friends.
Bert is survived by his two daughters, Sherry and Vickie (Bill) Graff; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetary on July 11th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hope West 725 South 7th Street, Montrose, CO 81401 or Hope West 3090 N. 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO.
- Memorial Service Thursday, July 11, 2019
James & Kimelaine Hodo
July 15, 2019
I'm sorry for the loss. We were grateful to have visited them before there passing. They will be missed.
Kelly McKelvey (Hodo)
July 15, 2019
I'll never forget the canal your let all of us swim in. The day we all saw the biggest, brightest double rainbow above our heads and it made everything turn orange in the sky... then all the rain water came rushing through the canal and turned the water orange from the dirt. We begged you to allow us to go swimming... against mom and Aunt Jean's protests, you melted and told us all to be careful. When you opened your soda machine and let all of us kids grab our favorite pops ( mine was cream soda)... you walked all of us through the peach orchards and told us all about the peach trees of the biggest peaches I've ever had... and how asparagus grew in between the trees and we would cut them and bring them back to your home for dinner... so many memories and so much love from you and Aunt Jean. Time goes by so quickly... you two will always be forever young in my heart. I love you!!!