Herbert Daniel Northern, Sr., 84, of Fredericksburg, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at his home.
Mr. Northern was born August 15, 1927, in Richmond County, Virginia. He was a graduate of Warsaw High School and the Virginia State Police Academy. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served aboard the USS Earnest G. Small in the Mediterranean at the conclusion of World War II. After 37 1/2 years of service, he retired from the Virginia State Police as Captain and then had another 20 year career as supervisor of safety and security for Wilson Trucking Corporation. He was a member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church, past president of the Virginia State Police Alumni Association, and past president of the Rappahannock Fraternal Order of Police Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Hildegarde Coates Northern, and his brothers Marshall Bernard Northern and Roland Franklin Northern.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lea Northern; three sons, Herbert Daniel Northern, Jr. and his wife, Debbie of Woodstock, William Linwood Northern and his wife, Nancy, of Lexington, Kentucky, and Robert Benjamin Northern and his wife, Donna, of Fredericksburg; seven grandchildren, Melissa Northern, Kristen Northern Hepner and her husband, Joshua, and their children Jackson and Claire, Duke Dodson and his wife, Jessica, and their son Tripp, Ben Northern, Ann Northern, Nick Northern, and Makenzie Northern; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A service will be held at noon Friday, Aug. 17, at Fredericksburg Baptist Church. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Members of the Virginia State Police will serve as pallbearers.