Herbert "Herb" C. Netter, 89, of Lehigh Acres, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012. He was born Sept. 20, 1922, in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of Herbert and Margaret Rose (Thelen) Netter.
He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School and attended the University of Arkansas.
Decorated for his service in the U.S. Army in the 99th Infantry Division, Company C, 393rd Regiment, he fought during the Battle of the Bulge and was captured by the German Army. He served approximately six months as a POW, was wounded during combat and was decorated with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart before his honorable discharge.
Herbert ‘Herb’ C. Netter
He was a successful businessman who owned and operated retail grocery stores and served as a member of the board of the Allied Grocers of Indiana. He was a manufacturer's representative for several food equipment lines and earned numerous awards and certificates for his outstanding performance and achievements.
He served as past commander of the 11th District of the American Legion in Indiana, and was a continuous member for more than 50 years. He received the National Achievement Award for 1960 Membership Enrollment and was honored in 1976 as the 11th District Legionnaire of the Year.
Although he moved to Lehigh in 1986, he was not the retiring type. He continued to remain active personally and throughout the community. From 1992-93, he served as commander of DAV Chapter 94.
He was active in numerous school, civic and social organizations, in Indianapolis and Lehigh. In addition to his service on behalf of veterans, he was also concerned with his community and, especially, the issue of education. He served as member of the Pike Township School Board in Indiana.
He was baptized at and became a member of Christ United Methodist Church, delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered and served as president of Friends in Service Here. He served as president and past president of the Lehigh Acres Lions Club and earned the highest honor available to a Lions Club member - the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. He joined the board of directors of the Lehigh Acres Senior Center and served as president, past president, president emeritus and honorary chaplain - he was always a "fixture" at their Tuesday night Bingo games.
He is survived by his children, Michael (Nancy), Steven (Peggy) and Mark (Leslie) and Laura Elden (Steven); nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Alverna Netter.
Visitation was held Monday, June 18, 2012, at Anderson-Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services chapel, in Lehigh Acres. Burial was held Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery, in Fort Myers.
To offer condolences to the family, visit his memorial Web page at: www.andersonpatterson.com and sign the guestbook.