John L. Hebert

ESCANABA – John L. Hebert, lifetime Escanaba resident, passed away peacefully on Aug. 3, 2013, at Jacobetti Veterans Home in Marquette. John was born Feb. 10, 1920, to George and Halga (Ness) Hebert and was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Muriel Amundsen, who passed away Jan. 15, 2006. He had many accomplishments during his 93 years but was most proud of his family who met in Escanaba each year for 65 years for the family Christmas.

John was a champion speed skater, Escanaba Yacht Club sailing champion, World War ii veteran with the Coast Guard, successful businessman with Sawyer Stoll Timber Company, loyal and giving church member of First United Methodist Church and most of all proud father of his children. He always lived his life wanting only to be known as a kind and giving man.

his life achievements were highlighted by being the longest serving board member of the Upper Peninsula State Bank, retiring in 2012 and serving as treasurer of First United Methodist Church for over 55 years. He owned and operated Sawyer Stoll Timber Company taking the company through its transition from its founders, Charles Stoll, Park Sawyer and Carl Sawyer. As the company now passes into another generation, his goal of providing livelihood for many families in the surrounding area continues.

John is survived by his son John (Margo) Hebert of Milford, Mich., son William (Alane) Hebert of Portland, Ore., and daughter Mary (Robert) Schmeling of Marquette. Also surviving are grandchildren Kellie (David) Hebert-Follin of Dexter, Mich., Benjamin Hebert of Corvallis, Ore., Joani Schmeling of Philadelphia, Pa., and Leslie Schmeling of Marquette, Mich. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and close family friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Funeral services celebrating the life of John L. Hebert will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the First Methodist Church with Rev. Carman J. Minarik officiating. A dinner reception will follow the funeral services in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration to the John L. Hebert Memorial Fund at First United Methodist Church or the John L. and Muriel A. Hebert Scholarship at Bay de Noc College. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home.

The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at