Jon Brain Herberg, 68, was born in Williston, ND to Alvin and Millie Herberg. He passed from this world on December 26, 2018 with his loving wife, Connie, and his beloved daughter, Sarah, by his bedside. In those days on Earth, his life had meaning, he was just and kind and compassionate toward others, and he found peace in a world that rarely offers it.
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Jon married Connie Sneva on July 9, 1978 and they recently celebrated their 40th Anniversary in 2018. Jon’s two sons, Bob (Robert) and Daryn, came to the marriage as a package deal and a family began. Next, another son, Eric, then a precious daughter, Sarah completed their family. Sarah graced their lives with two beautiful grandchildren, Claire and Shamus, who have been a shining light.
Jon’s growing years were spent hunting, fishing, camping and every other outdoor activity imaginable. That love of the outdoors was a shared love with his wife, Connie, and the family they would have, and where many of the most precious memories were made. In his late teens, he worked for a tire and service center, moving later to Gus and Jacks tire and eventually to oilfield trucking. He learned carpentry and engine work from his Dad and built his skill knowledge through broken down car engines and other fix-its. He truly was a jack-of-all-trades, as there wasn’t much he couldn’t fix or figure out.
He worked and saved to buy a 1968 Charger, which was a great source of pride and accomplishment and probably more than a few speeding laws broken. He married and divorced, but welcomed two sons, Bob and Daryn, to his life. In 1978 he married Connie and in 1979 he took a job as a manager for a tire store in Sidney, MT. He later purchased the store and sadly in 1985 saw it burned to the ground. This prompted a move to the Billings, MT area where he found work and moved the family to Shepherd, MT.
His love and compassion to support a growing family drove Jon to always accomplish more, so he went back to college for an accounting degree, earned his CPA, an MBA, and later a series 7 investment licensing to add to his growing practice. He loved his work and poured everything into it. Over the 30 years in practice, he always dealt honestly and truthfully with his clients as was his belief and freely shared time, talents and blessings with anyone in need. But as accomplishments go, everything else paled in comparison to his love for his family and his pride in their accomplishments.
Tragedy struck in 1992, when their two oldest sons, Bob age 20 and Daryn age 18, died in a car accident and again in 1998, when Eric, age 19, died as the result of yet another car accident. The sorrow of losing three sons cut deeply, but Jon didn’t become bitter, instead he resolved to do what he could to make other lives richer through his talents and service.
Whatever struggle may have come along, Jon never missed an opportunity to meet the challenge head-on, and overcome it while relying on the love of his family to find the positive and good in the adversity. Given the choice, Jon would not have changed a day of hard work for the lap of luxury if it meant losing an ounce of love for his family.
He volunteered for the St John’s vigil program, as he felt strongly that no one should die alone, and volunteered for other programs through St John’s, believing in their mission to improve lives and provide faithful care. Jon served on and volunteered his time for many other boards, projects and causes in the community and church.
“When I first met Jon, I was drawn to his kind and compassionate nature, and his sense of fairness and honesty. We shared so many values, interests and ideas and enjoyed each other’s company without pretense. We both came from hardworking Norwegian, farm community, family oriented backgrounds. Over our 40 years together, we have worked side by side to build a life and support our family through thick and thin, through calm waters and storms. We have endured great sorrow and celebrated many joys. Jon’s first concern was always for family and he proudly displayed the grandkids artwork in his office, their photos, and treasures and he could always work a little bragging about our children and grandchildren into a conversation with a client. His most prized possessions were anything they made or gave him because he knew it was from their hearts.
I am left with a huge hole in my heart and in my life. It’s hard to imagine life without him, but I know there was great joy in heaven when he was reunited with his sons. The love between us doesn’t change.” Connie
Jon is preceded in death by his beloved sons, Robert, Daryn and Eric, his mother and father, Alvin and Millie Herberg, and his brothers, Terry and Michael Herberg. He is survived by his loving wife, Connie (Sneva) Herberg, his daughter, Sarah Wheeldon, her two children and his pride, Claire and Shamus, his sister, Dianne Herberg as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family, who were all cherished.
Services will be held on January 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Smith Funeral Chapels, 925 South 27th St. Billings, MT, www.smithfuneralchapels.com, with a reception to follow at 2905Montana, Billings, MT. Memorials in Jon’s name can be sent to Christikon, 1108 24th Street West Billings, MT 59102-3810 or St. Johns Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Rd, Billings, MT 59102.