John Hermsen

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John D. Hermsen, 72, of Independence, died Friday morning at the Buchanan County Health Center, Independence following a short illness. John was born March 13, 1938, in Independence, the son of Alphonse L. and Olivia H. (Wernke) Hermsen. He was a 1956 graduate of the Winthrop High School, Winthrop, and was united into marriage to Lois M. Curry on July 29, 1960 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. John was employed with the John Deere Company, in Waterloo prior to his retirement in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Lois; four children: Deb (Ralph) Stiefel, Winthrop, Diane (Steve) Leonard, Cedar Rapids, Mark (Dawn) Hermsen, Cedar Rapids, Michael (Jenifer) Hermsen, Des Moines; six grandchildren; two brothers: Merlin and Kenneth Hermsen, Independence, and two sisters: Alvera Hickey, Independence, and Anna Mae Strawn, Oelwein. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Jim Hermsen. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday at the church. Burial will be in the St. John's Catholic Cemetery. For more information or to leave an online condolence go to under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Sept. 16 to Sept. 19, 2010