Col. John O. Herstad (Ret.), age 83, died Sept 25, 1997, of heart failure, at a Colorado Springs care center.
John was born in Salt Lake City, UT, January 11, 1914, to Ole A. and Johanna (Engh) Herstad. He was married to Geraldine "Geri" Robins, of Salina, UT, at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1939.John graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1939 and served his country as a professional soldier for 30 years. He retired from active duty in 1969. During 30 years of active duty, John served with honor in Africa, Italy and Germany during World War II, in Vietnam and a variety of peacetime locations in the United States and around the world. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
After retirement he studied art history at the University of Colorado and traveled extensively with his wife and their numerous friends. He was an active volunteer with senior citizens and taught a variety of craft classes. He was also an active member of the Colorado Springs Stamp Club. He had lived in Colorado Springs since 1955.
John is survived by his wife, Geri; a son, John Sterling, of Salt Lake City; a daughter, Jean Marie Webb, of Burke, VA; and four grandchildren.
The funeral was Monday, September 29, at Shrine of Remembrance "America The Beautiful" Chapel of Roses. He was buried with full military honors at Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pikes Peak Hospice, 3630 Sinton Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907; American Heart Assoc, 619 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903; or the National Federation of the Blind, 2521 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80909.
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