Paul Edward Herzog passed away peacefully to be with our Heavenly Father on the evening of Monday, April 8, 2019 due to natural causes at the age of 87.
Paul was born on September 28, 1931 in Miles City, Montana to John Herzog and Elsa (Eichenberger) Herzog. He was the third son, and sixth child, in a family of eight children. While growing up, Paul helped at his father’s dairy farm. He attended grade school at Kircher and high school at CCDHS, until he joined the Navy at the age of 16. During his five years of service, he was primarily stationed in California. It was during that time that Paul and his first wife, Mary Leeper, had one daughter. They later divorced and, after his military service ended, he returned to Miles City where he attended college at Miles Community College. It was at the 600 Lounge that he met his future bride and lifetime love, Myrtle Beardsley. He and Myrtle were married September 24, 1955 at the First Presbyterian Church. They lived on the Herzog Ranch where Paul worked for his father while Myrtle was a clinical instructor for the Presentation School of Nursing. In 1967, Paul bought the H Bar V Ranch from his father, where he and Myrtle raised 9 children. A snapshot of a typical day might include ranching, irrigating and building fence, all while finding the time to break up a rock fight, followed by a manure fight, followed by an egg fight. It was important for him to keep things level, whether working the land with the caterpillar or keeping the top of the ice cream even. To quote Myrtle, “He was always trying to straighten out the earth with his caterpillar. I fully expected to look out the window and see Signal Butte gone someday!” Not only did Paul raise his own children, but he opened his heart and home to many. Among them were nieces, nephews, students from Pine Hills, high school students that boarded during the school year, and generally any person that needed a place to have a meal or rest their head. Many can recall memories of Paul dancing with his daughters or nieces, often with them standing on his feet. He supported Myrt and the kids for many years while they were in 4-H. Paul acted as the trail leader during the annual trail ride and impressed many riders with his ability to shoot a rattler while still in the saddle on his horse, Appy.
Paul enjoyed playing cards, cribbage, golf and bowling. His travels including fishing trips to Canada, a vacation in Europe and multiple road trips at the drop of a hat. While visiting Switzerland, he adopted a tradition from the region where his father John had lived. It was custom to wear a gold token that represented their family’s vocation. He opted to get his ear pierced and wore a gold cow. Many organizations benefited from his service and influence. In addition to over 20 years as a Kircher School board trustee, Paul contributed decades of service to T&Y Ditch Board and acted as president of the Rural Fire Department.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents John and Elsa, his step-mother Hilda (Roth) Herzog, his brothers John, Ben and Larry Herzog, his sisters Menga Huffman, Ruth Forsting, Sharon Doman, and his son Ben Herzog.
Paul will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years, Myrtle Herzog and his children: Rochelle Barnes of Houston, TX, Lori (Pat) Linger of Miles City, MT, Joni (Jay) Bonogofsky of Clayton, NC, Toni (Mike) Fink of Chapman, KS, Dan Herzog (Lisa Henry) of Miles City, MT, Kori (Josh) Black of Cody, WY, Tom (Carla) Herzog of Broadus, MT, Ted (Jodi) Herzog of Miles City, MT, and Heidi (Randy) Moe of Miles City, MT. Paul is survived by his sister Irma Cleveland of Spokane, WA and his sister-in-law Sandie (Larry) Herzog of Norman, OK, His legacy will continue on through his 21 grandchildren, their spouses and his 9 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 19, 2019 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Miles City. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends and family desire, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Radio Broadcast.