Hershal was born on April 28, 1922, near Clay City, Ill., the son of Arthur and Chloe (Walker) Weidner. He grew up as a farm boy attending rural and small town schools. His parents moved to Iowa at the start of the depression in 1929. Hersh graduated from Montour High School and played as much baseball as possible during his school years.
At the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Hersh enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He fought in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters, including duty in the Philippines in preparations for the invasion of Japan. For most of the war he was a Chief Petty Officer serving on Sub-Chasers in the Atlantic Theater. Hersh was a member of the American Legion for 66 years. He was united in marriage to Shirley Orcutt on May 20, 1944, in Key West, Florida.
After WWII he returned to Iowa to live in Montour. After working at Lenox right after the War, he and Shirley moved to Toledo in 1950 so he could begin working for Twin City Ford. Hersh and Shirley owned Twin City Ford for 41 years where he received many awards for quality service.
Hersh served the Toledo Community for many years sitting on the city council for 28 years. Much of that service was focused on public safety, infrastructure, and finance. Cars and fishing were his most avid interests.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Charlie and Harold; and one sister, Dorothy Spinler.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years Shirley Weidner of Toledo; two sons, Marv (Marty) Weidner, Austin, Texas, and Craig Weidner of Alaska; five grandchildren, Dru Weidner, Shelly Spurlin, Seth Weidner Libby Tate and Emily Foster; 10 great-grandchildren, Ellie, Katy, Annie, Gabe, Michael, Xander, Brianna, Caitlin, Ryan and Cameron; one sister, Clara Rose (Phillip) Barker of Marshalltown; and one brother, Richard (Carol) Weidner of Marshalltown.
A memorial fund has been established.
Hershal W. Weidner