BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Nick J. Herthel, 59, of Bloomington, died at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at his residence.

Born Sept. 30, 1959, in Bedford, he was the son of Fred D. Herthel and Linda C. Mitchell.

He married Debra Kaye Smith Nov. 6, 2004, and she survives.

He was a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School with the class of 1977. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the I.U. Kelley School of Business in 1981. He was awarded a Doctor of Jurisprudence by the I.U School of Law at Indianapolis in 1984. He served as a law clerk and certified legal intern with the Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office during 1983-1984. Nick practiced law for 34 years. He was a partner with Plummer and Herthel from 1984-1988. He was a solo practitioner in Bedford from 1988-2004. In 2005, he and his wife formed Herthel and Herthel Attorneys at Law and have practiced together since 2005. He was an avid horseracing enthusiast and has owned, bred, and raced thoroughbred horses. He was a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Lawrence County Bar Association.

Survivors include his wife, Debra, of Bloomington; his father, Fred Herthel and step-mother, Linda Herthel, of Bedford; his mother, Linda C. Mitchell, of Bloomington; a sister, Debra A. Woods and brother-in-law, Jack Woods of Bedford; two sisters-in-law, Laura Herthel and Sonya Smith; nieces, Bretta Skinner, Kara and Kristen Herthel; his father and mother-in-law, J.D. and Connie Smith, of Francisco. He was preceded in death by a brother, Christopher L. Herthel; his grandparents, Helen “Baba” Mitchell, Verner and Helen Herthel and an uncle, Bob Herthel.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 12 at Green Hill Cemetery with Pastor Steve Johnson officiating. Interment will follow. Family and friends may express condolences at

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