Kenneth A. Hermsen (1926 - 2015)

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INDEPENDENCE – Kenneth A. Hermsen, 89, of Independence, Iowa died Friday, December 25, 2015 at the Buchanan County Health Care Center in Independence, Iowa.
Kenneth was born on October 26, 1926 in Holy Cross, Iowa the son of Alphonse L. and Olivia H. (Wernke) Hermsen. After completing his education at St. John Catholic Schools in Independence, Kenneth served in the United States Army for two years. He married Florence L. Naylor on June 26, 1948 in St. John's Catholic Church, Independence. He was a steadfast provider for his family and was employed with Chamberlain Manufacturing in Waterloo for 42 years prior to his retirement in 1989.
Ken enjoyed golf, boating, fishing, and spending time with his family. His family remembers Ken as a skilled card player, a fun-loving jokester who loved to tease his kids and grandkids, and as a proud father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Ken was a devoted and loving husband for 67 years, who never stopped appreciating his wife on her beauty, devotion to motherhood, and in recent years her devoted nursing skills.
He is survived by his wife Florence; four children: Larry Hermsen, Portland, Ore., Judie (Dennis Domsic) Hermsen, Iowa City, Peg (Garry) Erger, and Joanne (Tracy) Robertson of Independence; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a brother Merlin Hermsen, Independence; and a sister; Anna Mae Strawn, Oelwein.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law Dale Fischels; two brothers: Jim and John Hermsen; and a sister Alvera Hickey.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Church, Independence, with Rev. Don Plamondon officiating. Burial will be held in St. John's Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence. A parish vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Dec. 28, 2015 to Jan. 6, 2016