John Herzog III, age 65, of Sheffield, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Oct. 4, 1946 in Ridgway to the late John, Jr. and Ellen Anderson Herzog. He was a 1964 graduate of Ridgway High School. After high school, he attended the State Police Academy. He was stationed at Troop E in Warren for most of his career, retiring as a detective after 26 years of service. While serving with the State Police, he also served as the Warren County Fire Marshal. After retirement, John worked as a private investigator. In January 2007 he accepted a position as the county detective in Warren, where he was head of the Drug Enforcement Task Force. He retired in January 2012.
John was an active golfer. He was a member of the Blueberry Hill Country Club and golfed in the industrial and senior leagues. He loved to be out in the woods sitting in his deer stand or riding his four-wheeler on Bull Hill. John was also a member of the Eagles Club. He enjoyed coaching his children in all their sports. Most importantly, John loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.
John is survived by his wife of 34 years, Donna Nelson Herzog; his children, including Donna Rae Herzog Ecclestone and husband Dan, of Cary, N.C., Kimberly Herzog and partner Toby Sidon, of Warren, Shelley Anderson Calloway and husband David, of Asheville, N.C., and John Anderson of Florence, S.C.; his lapdog, Molly; and four grandchildren, CJ Mitchell, Ean Ecclestone, Anna Ecclestone and Madelyn Herzog.
In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by a sister, Donna Rae Dush; a father-in-law, Laverne Nelson; and his brother-in-law and best buddy, Ed Nelson.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. 304 East St., Warren 16365 on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted in the Interfaith Chapel at Warren State Hospital on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Neil Siefert, Chaplain of Hospice of Warren County, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Warren Cancer Center or Hospice of Warren County, both at 2 Crescent Park West, Warren, PA 16365. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com .