Joseph Martin Herstead, 66, Rawlins, Wyoming

Joseph Martin Herstead, 66, Rawlins, Wyoming

Joseph Martin Herstead, 66, of Rawlins, WY graduated to Heaven on Dec. 9, 2020. Memorial Services will be held Jan. 22, Friday, at 1:30 P.M. at the Zion Evangelical Church in Scottsbluff, NE with Pastor Elmer Ridgeway (Joe’s brother-in-law) presiding. Ashes will be interred in the family plot at Fairview cemetery in Scottsbluff. A memorial fund will be established by the family. The family requests that friends send their favorite memories of Joe to his sister’s email, laherstead@gmail.com, with sharing of those memories during the service.

Joe was born on Feb. 5, 1954 to Lewis and Doris Luther Herstead in Scottsbluff, NE. He was named for Lewis’ brother Joe and Doris’ brother Martin. He was the third child of five: John, Lou Ann, Valerie and Carla Cathy. The family moved to Lander, WY in 1954 and bought Squaw Creek Ranch. It was here that Joe developed his deep love of the mountains, horses, being outdoors, wildlife, independence and God. The family moved back to Scottsbluff, NE in 1965. Joe competed in rodeos participating in bareback riding, bull riding, calf and team roping. Joe’s horsemanship and natural athletic ability won him several all-around awards amongst others and he won or placed in all high school rodeo team roping competitions with him heeling and his sister Lou Ann heading. Joe was always interested in trying new things and pushing himself, so after graduation he did motocross racing, hang gliding, stockcar racing and hunting mountain lions with hounds. He worked in Cody, WY as a hunting guide and a wild horse wrangler for the Bureau of Land Management in the Red Desert of Wyoming, Nevada and California. He once rode his palomino mare, Dusty the Queen of the Desert Mustangs, from Scottsbluff all the way to the Wind River mountain range in Wyoming, leading another horse, a mule and a yak all carrying packs, just because it sounded like fun! Joe had an excellent hand with horses, mules, cattle and dogs. Joe learned to fly from his brother John, which led to flying banners on the eastern seaboard, float planes in Alaska for fishing guides and crop dusting. He flew aerial photos all over the United States mapping for property tax evaluations. After he moved to Hanna, WY he flew aerial inspections of gas and oil lines from Nebraska to California. During this time he met Susan Klein and they were married on March 23, 2008. Joe and Susan enjoyed many years of flying over beautiful country and experiencing God’s grandeurs up close.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his brother John. He is survived by his wife Susan; sisters Lou Ann Herstead, Valerie Karsjens and Cathy Herstead; sister-in-law Ellen Herstead (John) and a large extended family through his wife and himself.

Joe enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors, his experiences and skills with family and friends. “Joe never met a stranger and had a heart for helping anyone anywhere it was needed.” When he got that twinkle in his eye you knew an adventurous tale was coming. We take comfort in knowing that we will see Joe again in Heaven; and in the meantime, Joe will pass the time entertaining the angels with some wild stories.”


Joseph Martin Herstead, 66, Rawlins, Wyoming