Dennis L. Herbster

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Dennis L. Herbster

Dennis L. Herbster, 1935-2013, 78, Springfield, Mo., passed away Friday, December 6, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

Dennis was born southwest of Falls City, Nebraska on July 30, 1935, the youngest of three sons of Henry and Minnie (Rice) Herbster.

The family moved to Missouri when Dennis was eight, and he graduated from Union Star High School. He served in the Army from 1958-1960 and was stationed in Korea. He later attended and graduated from Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph.

During his career, he worked at Bennett Nursery, Western Chemical and the Division of Family Services, all in St. Joseph.

He married Vonna Morris on October 12, 1975. They have two sons, Brendon and Bryce.

Dennis was a member of St. Joseph's Co-Cathedral while living in St. Joseph. After retirement, he especially enjoyed volunteering as a tutor at Cathedral School and was very pleased to receive a "Volunteer of the Year" award there.

In 2002, he and his wife moved to Springfield, Mo. He is currently a member of Immaculate Conception parish in Springfield.

He was a patient and thorough genealogist. After completing his own family's genealogy, he helped many other people with their research.

He is survived by his wife, Vonna, of the home; two sons, Brendon Herbster and wife Melody, of Springfield and Bryce Herbster of Shawnee, Kansas; a brother, Kenneth Herbster and wife Geraldine, of King City, Missouri; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Herbster of Saint Joseph; one granddaughter and three step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Harlan.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m., Tuesday at Cathedral of St. Joseph. Interment Union Star Cemetery, Union Star, Missouri. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m., Monday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where a Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. The family will receive friends following the Rosary from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

In memory of Dennis, contributions are suggested to Cathedral School.

Published in the News-Leader on Dec. 10, 2013
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