Herbert Edward Insel, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Monday, January 12th, 2015 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro at the age of 89.
Mr. Insel was born on January 17th, 1925 in Rutherford County to the late Walter and Goldie Insel and went on to graduate from Rockvale High School. He enlisted in the Army at the beginning of World War II, serving in France and was a POW, released in 1945. After the war, he went into business-first as a prize-winning salesman for Goodyear Tire Company, then with Sinclair Oil Company in Tullahoma, and Lion Oil Company, which he owned a service station with in Tullahoma. Herb cared deeply for the Tullahoma business community. He was one of the men who was instrumental in developing the charter for the Kiwanis Service Club in Tullahoma. He was outgoing, friendly, a family man, outdoorsman, fisherman, and sea shell collector. Herb was also a lifelong leader for the Boy Scouts of America and was involved with troops throughout the Trail of Tears Council. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow and worked extensively with young scouts alongside his brother, Billy Insel.
Mr. Insel is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Goldie Insel; four sisters, Wenzola Gould, Hazel Gillespie, Artie Clark, and Deanie Smith; his first wife, Mildred Insel; and one step daughter, Sheila Brown.
He is survived by his wife, Johnnie Insel; two daughters, Pam (Tony) Burke, and Patsy (Irwin) Graham; brother and sister, Billy Insel and Olene Burns; step-children, Steve (Jo) Evans, Jerry (Charlotte) Evans, and Jimmy Brown; grandchildren, Jennifer Burke, Patrick Burke, Alex Graham, Sandy Jones, Angel Bowen, Wade Evans, Misty Edde, Jason Evans, Casey Evans, Wendy Sears, and Gary Scott. He was surrounded with love also by his 17 great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Insel will be held on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 at Kilgore Funeral Home from 5:00-8:00pm.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 15th, 2015 at 2:00pm in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pat Allison officiating.
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Boy Scouts of America, Trail of Tears Council, 3414 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37215.
Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.