Private services will be held in Champaign, Ill., with the Rev. Susan Zencka of Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church in Stevens Point officiating.
Memorials may be made to Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1300 Main St., Stevens Point, WI 54481 or Bridge Communities of Glen Ellyn, 505 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.
Boston Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Hernecheck was born Dec. 17, 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Joseph and Jenny (Schwartz) Hernecheck. He grew up in Cleveland and attended local schools.
Following graduation from West Technical High School, he studied at Case Western Reserve University and graduated in 1942 with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering.
He joined the U.S. Navy on May 18, 1942. He served in the South Pacific and was in charge of the Navy Diesel School at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He was honorably discharged Dec. 2, 1946, with the rank of lieutenant.
He was married to Mary Elizabeth Trezise on March 18, 1950, at the First Methodist Church in Evanston, Ill. She preceded him in death on Sept. 2, 2003.
He began his career with the University of Illinois in 1946 at the Galesburg campus physical plant. He then transferred to the Urbana-Champaign campus where he retired in 1980 as director of operations and maintenance with 34 years of service.
Mr. Hernecheck was a season ticket holder for University of Illinois football and basketball games. He was an avid bridge player, was in a university bowling league, played handball and was involved in swimming at the University Recreation Centers. He also spent time at a cottage in Door County. He was known in the Champaign area for his prize-winning roses and his garden of more than 200 rose bushes.
He was an emeritus member of American Association of Physical Plant Administrators and was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Champaign, Ill.
Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Sue (Jim) Buck, Stevens Point, and Patricia (Dan) Luessenhop, Wheaton, Ill.; one brother-in-law, Frederick W. (Priscilla) Trezise, North Andover, Mass.; six nieces; and three nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Hilda Bigalow.