Wesley "Red" Herbst

Wesley "Red" Herbst, 79, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, after an 11-year battle with multiple myeloma.

He was born on Dec. 14, 1929, in Slinger, the son of Lester and Margaret (nee Hintz) Herbst. Wes married Gwen "Bunnie" Ramsdell on Dec. 18, 1954 in Janesville. He earned his bachelorís degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he was active in sports, and is recognized in the UW-Whitewater Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served his country from 1952 to 1954. He lived in Racine for 35 years, and worked for S.C. Johnson Co., in sales and marketing, retiring in 1987. Wes had a variety of interests. He was an avid duck hunter, enjoyed fishing, trap and skeet, and rebuilding model A cars. He is one of the founders of Restoring Hope Transplant House, a home away from home for those going through a transplant. Wes had hoped to see it open during his lifetime.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gwen Herbst; four children, Pam (Scott) Nelson of Naperville, Ill., Brian (Cindy) Herbst of Madison, Brad (Bev) Herbst of North St. Paul, Minn., and Todd (Betty) Herbst of the town of Middleton; seven grandchildren, Eric Hybert, Karen (Dave) Bushre, Brittany (Caleb) Johnson, Kate Nelson, Stefanie Herbst, Jack Nelson, Rob Nelson; his "Blessed dog" Angel; and two sisters, Carol (Russ) Heder of St. Germaine and Christine Bankole of Nigeria. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church, 6101 University Ave., Madison, at 1 p.m. on Saturday April 18, 2009, with the Rev. Harold Zimmick presiding. Visitation will be at the church from noon until 1 pm. Burial with military rites will be held in First Lutheran Cemetery, Middleton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Restoring Hope Transplant House, 7454 Terrace Ave., Middleton, WI 53562.

Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Centers is serving the family. www.gundersonfh.com.