Robert Herrick

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Robert M. Herrick, 85, of Dubuque, formerly of Independence, died Friday, April 9, 2010, at the Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque following a sudden illness. He was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Washington Township of Buchanan County, the son of Joseph and Mary Frances (Lamb) Herrick. He graduated from St. John's School in Independence with the Class of 1942 and then attended the Independence Jr. College. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Wake Island and the USS Kearsarge during World War II. On January 3, 1953, he and the former Helen Ann Diers were married at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colesburg. They farmed the land where Herrick was born until retiring in 1996.
Herrick is survived by his wife of 57 years, Helen; three daughters: Mary (Ron) Radloff, of Dyersville; Judy (Matt) Haven of Cedarburg, Wis., and Anne (Dave) Tallett of Cedar Rapids; three sons: Roger Herrick of Cedar Rapids, Dr. Mike (Mary) Herrick of Oshkosh, Wis., and Dr. Pat (Liz) Herrick of Olathe, Kan. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren; one sister, Delores (Richard) Lippert of Rockford, Ill. and a very good neighbor, John Bagge of Independence.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter in infancy, Jeri Ann in 1953; one sister, Virginia Kayser, and two brothers: Joseph Herrick and Dr. John Herrick.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at St. John's Catholic Church in Independence, Iowa. On Monday, Apr. 12th, there will be a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 3 p.m., a Vigil Service at 6 p.m., and a Military Service at 7 p.m. at the White Funeral Home in Independence. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in Independence.
White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call for visitation from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 13th, at the funeral home. On line condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Apr. 12 to Apr. 15, 2010