Larry Leonard Herbold (1933 - 2018)

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  • "Doc was my 1st Vet Supervisor......not only was he a good..."
    - Jim Blockhus
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Larry Leonard Herbold was born Sept. 16, 1933, and died April 23, 2018. He died of pneumonia at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, the same hospital where he was born 84 years ago. His parents were Elvenrene Orion Herbold and Janet Lanita (Leonard) Herbold of Colfax.
Larry grew up on a farm north of Colfax where he became very interested in livestock. That, along with his successful 4-H activities, led him to a career in veterinary medicine. Larry graduated from Newton High School in 1952 and enrolled at Iowa State University where he became a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He married his college sweetheart, Jane Montgomery, of Cedar Rapids, on Aug. 18, 1956; and they were together 62 happy years.
Dr. Herbold received his DVM degree from Iowa State University in 1958 and headed for Montgomery County, where he joined the Red Oak Veterinary Clinic. Soon he became known as "Doc." Larry was the mayor of Stanton, the first non-Swedish mayor ever elected. He was always active in the communities in which he lived. During their time in Stanton two children were born, Mark and Laura. The couple bought a farm halfway between Red Oak and Stanton, built a new home and established a cow/calf operation on the farm.
After 31 years his career took a change, and he became a veterinary supervisor for meat and poultry inspection for the state of Iowa, which required a move back to Ames in 1989. During their time in Ames, Larry was involved in several activities and served as president of Golden K Kiwanis. He and Jane were heavily involved with University activities and were proud season ticket holders for football and basketball games. In 2009, they moved to Edgewater Retirement Community in West Des Moines.
Larry is survived by his wife, Jane; son, Mark (Amy Marshall) of Albia; daughter, Laura (Marv) Seiler of Van Meter; grandchildren, Colin Herbold, and Regan, Cole, and Jade Seiler; great-granddaughter, Rowan Heather; brother Jim (Helen) Herbold of Newton, as well as many other family members.
A memorial service for Dr. Herbold will be Saturday, May 12, at 1 p.m., at Edgewater Retirement Community, 9225 Cascade Ave., West Des Moines, where he was a resident. The cremains will be inurned in Ames in the columbarium at Collegiate United Methodist Church, where he was a member.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Edgewater Good Samaritan Fund, ISU Foundation (for Veterinary Medicine), or the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Published in The Red Oak Express on May 1, 2018