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Herbert L. Kisling

Herbert L. Kisling, left his earthly home to join his wife, Alda, in Heaven on April 8, 2014, at Country Terrace in Ladysmith, Wis.

Herbert was born to Alfred and Clara (Nelson) Kisling on Jan. 19, 1919, in Sumner, Wis. He was the oldest of nine children. Herb resided in Northern Wisconsin with his family as he grew up. Although he attended school to eighth grade, Herb was very resourceful and hardworking. He had a love of cars from early on and was a self-taught mechanic. He used this skill throughout his life either by employment or as a hobby. He took great pride in his cars and owned many in his life.

Herb married Alda E. Balko on May 13, 1943, in Ladysmith, Wis. during the time of World War II. He served with the 14th Air Force in China, Burma and India with the Flying Tigers. He was a crew chief in armament on the P51 fighter planes. One of the duties of the Flying Tigers was to provide support of Merrill's Marauders while keeping the Burma Road open to supply the Chinese who were fighting the Japanese. Herb was proud to have served his country and was thrilled to be included in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in April, 2012.

After Herb's discharge from the service. He and Alda made their home in Bruce, Wis. They had two children, Ryan and Suzette. They moved to Ladysmith, Wis. where Herb received employment as a mechanic and at Peavey Paper Mill as a Millwright. It was there son Dana was born. The family continued to live in Ladysmith until Herb became employed at Reserve Mining Co. in Silver Bay, Minn. He worked there as a welder until he retired in 1981. He and Alda lived in their home in Silver Bay until deciding to move back to Ladysmith in 1997, so they could be closer to aging family.

They resided in the home at Flambeau Village Apartments until early this year when they moved into assisted living at Country Terrace.

Herb lost his wive, Alda, Feb. 22, 2014. They were married for over 70 years. He is also preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Roland, Marvin, Leonard, Dale; and sister Marion.

Herb is survived by son, Ryan (Marcile) of Missoula, Mont; Daughter, Sue (Ted Beck) of Two Harbors, Minn.; Dana of Cadotte, Wis., Daughter-in-Law; Donnie of Buckman, Minn. Also survived by brothers; Allen (Marilyn) of Bruce, Wis., Warren (Fran) of Morgan Hill, Calif., Harley of Rockford, Ill. Special Niece Shelley and her husband Sam Barg of Ladysmith, Wis. who did much to make sure Herb's final days were peaceful and comfortable. Also survived by six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Extended family, nieces and nephew.

Funeral services will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ladysmith, Wis. on Wednesday, April 16, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Mark Pflughoeft officiating. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Internment will be at a later date.