Gerald Herrick passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at the Greenfield Manor.
Funeral Services: Will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Greenfield.
Visitation: Will be held on Friday at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials: To the Gerald Herrick memorial fund to be established by the family at a later date.
Gerald Herrick, the son of Frank and Sylvia (Bateham) Herrick, was born on September 26, 1915, near Greenfield, Iowa. He passed away at the Greenfield Manor September 9, 2012.
Gerald was raised in Adair County, Iowa, and attended grade school at Grove, Jefferson, and Orient township schools. He graduated from Greenfield High School in 1935. After high school, Gerald began his life-long occupation of farming. He also worked part-time as an electrician during the years rural electrification came to the area, and years later constructed several houses and buildings as a side-line.
Gerald was united in marriage in 1939 to Maxine O Rice, daughter of Ray Rice and Letha Macy Rice. To this union four children were born: Randall, Leo, Linda, and Stanley. He loved his family, and his life was centered on providing for them from the land. He enjoyed attending auctions as a hobby, and he enjoyed working with neighbors. He helped construct the building and parsonage for Bethel Baptist Church and remained a member there, serving the Lord for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother; his daughter, Linda, in 1991; and his son Randall in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Maxine, of Greenfield; daughter-in-law, Linda Herrick, of Stuart; son Leo and wife, Connie, of Marshalltown; and son Stanley and wife, Denise, of Greenfield; ten grandchildren: Ronda Soenksen and husband, Chris, of Overland Park, Kansas; Ron Herrick of Ankeny; Kendall Shomo and husband, Bobby, of Marshalltown; John Herrick and wife, Julie, of Corpus Christi, Texas; Brent Wilker of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Chad Wilker and wife, Staci, of Creston; William Herrick and wife, Shelby, of Greenfield; Suzanne Boyd and husband, Shane, of Urbandale; Joseph Herrick and wife, Molly, of Greenfield; and Jenny Herrick of Greenfield; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren, as well as other relatives and friends.