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Herpst, Albert, Jr. (1922-2011)


Posted By: Paul Nagy (email)
Date: 7/17/2011 at 15:46:41

Albert Herpst, Jr.
December 05, 1922 - July 10, 2011

Storm Lake, Iowa

Albert Herpst, Jr., 88, of Storm Lake, Iowa, died on Sunday, July 10, 2011, at the Buena Vista Manor Care Center at Storm Lake, Iowa.

Albert Herpst, Jr., the son of Albert and Nettie (Michelson) Herspt, was born in Rembrandt, Iowa, on December 5, 1922. He received his education at the Hayes Consolidated School where he graduated with the Class of 1940. Following his graduation, he was employed at factories in Oakland, California, and Rockford, Illinois.

Albert faithfully served his country in the United States Army from January 20, 1943, to October 19, 1945. He was part of the 30th Infantry that landed on Omaha Beach and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He marched in the victory parade under the Arch of Triumph in Paris, France, and returned to the United States aboard the Queen Mary.

On June 22, 1947, Albert was united in marriage to Patty Sliefert at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church. Following their marriage, Albert worked for a short period of time at the Hy-Grade plant before beginning his farming vocation. Albert and Patty farmed for thirty-seven years near Lakeside. At the same time, Albert also did plaster work in homes and churches in the area. He never truly “retired,” but he and Patty moved into Storm Lake in 1989.

Albert was a member of the Storm Lake United Methodist Church, the Alta VFW Post # 6172, the United Commercial Travelers, and the Couples Club. Albert’s family was the center of his life. He cherished the times he could spend with them. He especially enjoyed attending as many of his grandchildren’s activities as possible. Albert and Patty took many family day trips around the state. Albert had traveled to forty of the states within the US. Very talented in woodworking, he made shelves and quilt racks that his family cherish as remembrances of him. His family fondly remembers sledding with him at Peterson Park and playing croquet and horseshoes on Sunday afternoons. Albert lived a very full life.

Albert’s life will always be honored and lovingly remembered by his family which include his wife, Patty, of Storm Lake, Iowa; his children: Gary (Connie) Herpst, of Storm Lake, Iowa, Laurie (Gary) Messerich, of Glidden, Iowa, and Vickie (Marvin) Wieck, of Panora, Iowa; his grandchildren: Bonni (Bill Christjaener) Herpst, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Todd (Leah) Herpst, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Tammy (Jeremy) Raeszler, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Angela (Matt) Madsen, of Omaha, Nebraska, Dan (Karla) Messerich, of Glidden, Iowa, Kristy Messerich, of North Librty, Iowa, Kenard Prunty, of Altoona, Iowa, Kendra (Chris) Tribby, of Newton, Iowa, and Kyler Prunty, of Marshalltown, Iowa; his great grandchildren: Alexandra Herpst, Ty Herpst, Ryleah Herpst, Hannah Messerich, Emma Messerich, Clare Messerich, and Caeden Tribby; his brothers-in-law: Jim (Sharon) Sliefert, of Storm Lake, Iowa, ane Don (Dianne) Sliefert, of Alta, Iowa; his sisters-in-law: Shirley (Pete) Despotovich and Mary Hubbell, both of Omaha, Nebraska, and Vivian Sliefert, of Storm Lake, Iowa; as well as many nieces and nephews and other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn; his son, Alan Herpst; his parents, Albert and Nettie; his sister, Dorothy Herpst; and his brother and sister-in-law, William and Bernice Herpst.

Visitation: 5-7:30 p.m. July 13, 2011, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. July 14, 2011, at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Interment: July 14, 2011, at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake, Iowa.

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