Herbert J. Woerpel Jr.


Lakeview – Herbert John Woerpel Jr., age 56, of Wayland, Michigan formerly of Stanton and Greenville, passed away December 25, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Herbert was raised June 14, 1960 in Traverse City, Michigan, the son of Herbert John and Charlene Marie (Elsenheimer) Woerpel Sr. Herbert was raised in Torch Lake, Traverse City, and Stanton, Michigan. He graduated from Greenville High School. Herbert served his country in the National Guard.

Herbert was employed in Concrete Construction with Ted Meidema Cement Contractors for 20 years. Herbert was also employed as an assembler at Frigidaire in Greenville for over 15 years. In 1978, Herbert met the love of his life, Janice Brooks, in Florida. They married on August 21, 1982, in Sidney, Michigan.

Herbert enjoyed hunting, fishing, Detroit Red Wings, 4-wheeling, raising homing pigeons, and being high on life. He loved his family.

Herbert will be deeply missed by his mother Charlene Hanson of Belding; his wife Janice Woerpel of Wayland; two sons Herbert John      (Laura) Woerpel III of Rochester Hills, and Philip James (Crystal) Woerpel of Orlando, FL; six grandchildren Abigail, Philip Jr., Donald, Isley, Owen, and Cole; two sisters Christine Marie Ortiz of Greenville, and Laurie Walker of Greenville; several nieces, nephews, and friends.

Herbert was preceded in death by his father Herbert John Woerpel Sr., and one brother Robert Lee Woerpel in 1982.

A celebration of Herbert’s life will be held Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Brigham Funeral Chapel in Lakeview, Michigan. Memorial contributions in Herbert’s memory, may be made to his wife Janice Woerpel.

Condolences to the family, may be made utilizing the guestbook below.


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  • janice woerpel (Monday, December 26 16 05:42 pm EST)

    I will love you forever baby.

  • Bryan Welch (Monday, December 26 16 05:54 pm EST)

    I will always remember and miss you my friend.

  • Tina Bustetter (Monday, December 26 16 06:47 pm EST)

    I am so sorry for you loss. You will be in my prayers.

  • Regina (Monday, December 26 16 06:55 pm EST)

    I love you Uncle Hurb... Miss you so much

  • Chris Allison (Monday, December 26 16 08:08 pm EST)

    I am truly grateful for having the short time we got to see each other this fall. I will always have great memories of you my friend.

  • J Samuel Powers (Monday, December 26 16 09:05 pm EST)

    I love you guys and I'm truly sorry for everything.

  • Philip woerp (Wednesday, December 28 16 04:45 pm EST)

    He was a good man a great father and an amazing husband. He taught me many things in life. He will always be in my heart and soul. Working beside him for six years was an amazing time to learn how hard that man really worked and who he was as a man. He will always be my hero no matter what. I love you dad and miss you more than I ever imagined. Gone but never to be forgotten as the good ones never are.

  • Kelly Reeves (Denkins) (Wednesday, December 28 16 05:52 pm EST)

    So sorry to hear about his passing. Chris, Laurie, Charlene, I'm sorry for your loss.

  • Christopher Larsen (Thursday, December 29 16 03:28 pm EST)

    A great man, neighbor to my grandparents, and a life long friend to my dad, mom, and myself. Have tons of memories being around the house on Irving St and playing football in the back yard getting in trouble for tearing up the grass lol you will b missed Herb Peace Brother.

  • Herbie Woerpel (Friday, December 30 16 12:09 am EST)

    Dad, you were rad.
    Hope to see you again someday.
    Rest peacefully.

  • Gerald Tovatt, DO (Friday, December 30 16 01:08 am EST)

    Janice and family. I was so sorry to hear of Herb's death. My condolences at this very difficult time. I have fond memories of your family.

  • Laura Thomas (Saturday, December 31 16 08:02 am EST)

    Rest In Peace Herbie!

  • janice woerpel (Saturday, December 31 16 11:39 am EST)

    Herb you were the love of my life and always will be the love of my life.........

  • Bob Halladay (Friday, January 13 17 12:11 pm EST)

    I just heard about this last night, so sorry for your loss,he was a good man. RIP

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