Dale Vernon Hert of Billings, Montana passed peacefully on March 3, 2019 with his family by his side. He struggled these past few years with many challenges following a hemorrhagic stroke in November of 2016. Dale was born September 15, 1946 in Toppenish, WA to John George and Ruby Hert.
Dale met the love of his life, Darlene Doris Sherwood while attending Billings West High School. They were married on June 27, 1964 and together had three children. Jonathan Dale (stillborn) in July 1964, Timothy Dean in May 1965 and Susan Marie in September 1967.
Dale had many professions in his life. He worked as a mechanic and wrecker driver at Owens Texaco, drove truck for Ryan Grocery and was the Hospital Service Director for United Blood Services for many years until multiple health issues forced his retirement at an early age. Together, Dale and Darlene operated Midwest Leather Cleaners in Billings for many years until they retired together to enjoy their golden years.
Dale had a passion for cars, off-road racing, 4-wheeling, ATV-ing, hunting and fishing. Always tinkering in the garage and helping others where he could. Dale and Darlene were active in the Rimrock 4X4 Club for many years. They were Charter members of the Magic City 4-Wheelers and the Treasure State ATV Club as well as a lifetime members of the Montana 4X4 Association. Showing his 1932 Ford Coupe at Car Shows was always enjoyable for Dale and Darlene as a couple.
Dale is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Darlene, Son Timothy (Cynthia) Hert, Daughter Susan (Jon) Knaub, Grandson Tyler Hert, Granddaughter Taylor Hert, Half Brothers Frank Hert and Gary (Sandra) Hert, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents George and Ruby Hert, Sister Karen Guffey, Half Sisters Margaret Ann and Bonnie, Half Brothers Sonny Hert, Kenneth Hert, Bob Hert, Elmer Devous, Bill Devous, Clyde Devous, Marvin Devous, Bob Devous, Clifford Devous, half sister Jean Shearer and Son (stillborn) Jonathan Dale.
Celebration of Life will be held at the Al Bedoo shrine 1125 Broadwater Avenue in Billings on Sunday March 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with a luncheon to follow. A private family internment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dale Hert can be made to the Al Bedoo Shrine Children’s Transportation Fund, 1125 Broadwater Ave. Billings, Montana 59102 or to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Spokane, Washington.