(May 18, 2003)
Hubert Dwain (Dewey) Kersting, 57, died Sunday, May 18 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Reno, Nev.
He was born in Cody July 28, 1945. He was raised in Powell and graduated from Powell High School in 1963. For the next two years, he attended mechanics school in Denver.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in November of 1965. He attended boot camp in Fort Polk, La., then went on for specialized paratrooper training at Ft. Benning, Ga. He was assigned to Korea for one tour of duty. He was promoted to sergeant in the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Division and deployed to Vietnam where he served until discharged with honor. He was awarded a Purple Heart in November of 1968.
Returning to the U.S., he became a proficient welder, and his work took him to many places, including Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon and finally Nevada where he lived for several years.
He was an outdoorsman and loved to fish and hunt. He especially enjoyed the Sunlight/Crandall are and the North Fork of the Shoshone in Park County. He also could be found tinkering with motorcycles and various engines in his spare time.
Survivors include his companion, Sherry Kersting of Nevada; his parents, Hubert L. and Jessie Kersting of Cody; his brother, Allan (Shannon) Kersting of Utah; his daughters, Sheila Siddall of Texas and Julie (Tracy) Renner of Meeteetse; his grandchildren, Jessica and Joshua Riddall, and Wilson and Karlie Renner; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Cremation has taken place. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to any Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in his name would be appreciated by the family.