Jerry Herrick, 75, of Wiota, Iowa, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa.
Jerald Edson Herrick was born January 6, 1942, in Atlantic, Iowa, to Robert and Edna (Shaw) Herrick. On October 15, 1960, Jerry married Sharen Proehl, and they moved to Johnston, Iowa, where they resided for the next 40 years raising their family before returning to Wiota, Iowa, in 2002.
Jerry was an over the road driver with All American Transport for 20 years, and he was also owner/operator of Jerrico Properties in Atlantic, Iowa.
Jerry was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Elk’s Lodge and the Eagle’s Lodge all in Atlantic.
Preceding Jerry in death were his parents, Robert and Edna Herrick; brother, Don Davis; mother-in-law, Anna Mae Lawrence; father-in-law, Walter Proehl; sister-in-law, Shirlene South; brother-in-law, Robert Cook; and nephew, Reid South.
Those surviving Jerry are his wife of over 56 years, Sharen Herrick; son, Brad (Brenda) Herrick of Atlantic, IA; daughter, Lynnette Herrick (Jason) of Wiota, IA; grandchildren, Melissa Herrick (Mike) of Lincoln, NE, Shane (Nicole) Cavin of Omaha, NE, Trevor Cavin of Massena, IA, Jarrad Cavin of Anita, IA, Shianne Cavin of Wiota, IA Kayleen Herrick (Sawyer) of Cumberland, IA, and Caleb Herrick of West Des Moines, IA; brother, Skip Davis of Des Moines, IA; sisters, Janice (Roger) Anderson of Saint Augustine, FL and Vicki (Lyle) Brown of Atlantic, IA; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Jerry was an amazing family man with many wonderful traits. He was a self-made carpenter, electrician, and handy-man. You name it, he could fix it, remodel it, or build it. He is known to many as a family man with a heart of gold, compassionate soul, and a sense of humor that illuminated an entire room. His compassion for others was made evident with the great joy he felt by lending a helping hand, whether it be physically, financially, or emotionally. The core of his being was the happiness and security of his family. Jerry’s true passion in life was spending time with his family; everything he did was for them. His family gave him courage, strength, and energy, and he did the same for each of them. His devotion to his family was bigger than life. He loved to spend time with them fishing, playing games, watching boxing, giving the kids rides on the tractor, horseback riding, country dancing, and being goofy. He spent many hours joyfully teaching his son, Brad, and grandsons, Shane, Trevor and Jarrad all aspects of remodeling, building, and importance of family devotion. He spent many hours fishing from dusk to dawn with his daughter, Lynnette, and spoiled her by buying her 2 squirrel monkeys, and he also loved spoiling his wife with gifts. He just loved to spoil his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, and he spoiled them for fun. He enjoyed golfing and learning new technology. Social media and texting with family and friends became a cheerful pastime for him. His family extended far beyond his own bloodline, as there were many who considered him their “brother”, “Dad”, and “Grandpa.” He will always be remembered for his great sense of humor, orneriness, and being a man of his word. He is and will be greatly missed by many for many years to come.
His caring for people is shown through even after his death by his giving of himself to the Iowa Donor Network.
Per Jerry’s request there will be no funeral service but a memorial luncheon will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Heritage House in Atlantic, Iowa.