Robert Emerson Herrick

05/27/1921 - 11/22/2015 Obituary
Robert Emerson Herrick Obituary
Robert Emerson Herrick, one of the few remaining members of the Greatest Generation, passed away on Sunday November 22 at age 94 in Bakersfield, California. He was born on May 27, 1921 in Lodi California to Emerson and Adah Herrick. "Bob" as he was known to friends and family alike attended Lodi elementary schools and graduated from Lodi High School in 1938. He subsequently attended and graduated from U.C. Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture. Bob served in WWII as an infantry officer and was awarded two Bronze Stars, one for valor and the Purple Heart among other awards for his actions in combat in France and Germany.
On returning from the war he married his college sweetheart Dorothy Louise Agard (died 1976) in 1945 and returned to the family farming operations in Lodi California. His country needed him again and he was recalled to active service for the Korean War, being stationed at the Arizona Military District Headquarters. After which he returned to farming in Lodi.
Bob spent his life in agriculture working for a number of prominent companies including DiGiorgio Farms, California Grape and Tree Fruit League, Blue Anchor and then Belridge Farms (subsequently purchased by Shell) where he was eventually manager and COO for 20,000 acres of irrigated lands west of Bakersfield. He was very proud of his accomplishments at Belridge, including the design, construction and operation of an 80-acre packing complex and the production of over 20 fruits, vegetables and fiber commodities. He retired in 1987
In 1983 he married his second wonderful woman Mary Idelle Bennett who shared many great times with him before her passing in 2014
Bob served on many agriculture related Boards including Lindsay Olive, Kern County Water Agency, S.J County Farm Bureau and an advisory board to the California Agriculture Commissioner. He also served as member and foreman of the Kern County Grand Jury. Bob was a 50+ year member of the Lodi Masonic Lodge and a member of the Bakersfield Scottish Rite.
He is predeceased by his sister Virginia Brown and is survived by his sister Marilyn Atchinson, his five children Allison Grundman (Tom), Phyllis Herrick, Charles Herrick (Priscilla), Jane Paul, John Herrick (Lisa), 9 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. Bob was known for his intelligence, wit, generosity and being quite possibly the world's best shoveler and pruner. He is missed by all who knew him
Services to be held at Greenlawn Cemetary 3700 River Blvd., Bakersfield on December 5, at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Shriners' Hospital.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 2, 2015
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