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Memorial Service

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Saturday August 6th, 2022

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John William Herpich

John William Herpich, entered this world on February 1, 1949, born to Orlando and Lola Herpich nee’ Blomenkamp. John was baptized in the Holy Spirit on March 20, 1949, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Herington.  John passed away unexpectedly on August 2, 2022, at the Herington Municipal Hospital.

John attended St. Paul Parochial School in Herington until it’s closure. He then attended Herington Schools, graduating with the class of 1968. He then furthered his education at Salina Vo-Tech School studying diesel mechanics. As a youth John was a very active member of Herington High School FFA, and the Burdick Hustlers 4-H. On June 7, 1964, John was confirmed in his Lord and Savior at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Herington where he was a lifelong member.   In 1970, John enlisted into the Kansas National Guard.  While stationed Fort Belvoir, he met Kathleen Cater at a USO dance. On March 26, 1972, John and Kathleen married in Herington. John and Kathy adopted two children, Bevan, and Mindy.

John farmed with his grandpa and eventually took over the family farm where he lived the rest of his life. John also worked at the rock quarry north of Woodbine for 24 years as a heavy equipment operator, he then worked for Morris County as an equipment operator for another 11 years. John coached Special Olympics for 20 years.  For 37 years, John lived for the faces of youth, he delighted every winter as he donned his “bright red suit” proudly.

John is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Kathy of the home, son; Bevan Herpich, daughter; Mindy Herpich, sister; Beverly Penn, grandchildren; Haley Herpich, Ethan Herpich, Karsyn Herpich, Easton Herpich, Jacob Herpich, and Christian Schulze, great-granddaughter; Olivia Grace Chronister, nieces; Talena Penn, Sara Penn, and great nephew; Hunter Graham. He is preceded in death by his parents and niece Tisha Graham. Yazel Megli Funeral Home, Herington Chapel is serving the family.

Memorial Services for John William Herpich will take place on August 6, 2022, at 10:30 am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 114 N. 8th St., Herington, KS 67449 with Pastor Bill Neuman officiating. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Special Olympics of Kansas at 5280 Foxridge Dr., Mission, KS 66202, or St. Pauls Lutheran Church at 114 N. 8th St. Herington, KS 67449. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of John William Herpich at www.yazelmeglifh.com.

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A candle was lit in memory of John Herpich

Debbie Adams Aug 14 2022 9:28 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Herpich

Mark Ihde Aug 12 2022 1:18 AM

Fond childhood memories of my Herpich cousins. Prayers lifted for John’’s family and sister Beverly. Cousin Ginger

Ginger Boom Aug 11 2022 4:22 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Herpich

Gary Beavers Aug 8 2022 10:16 PM

So truly sorry to learn of John's passing. I have enjoyed his friendship and will miss him. John was a such a good guy.

Lela Engel Aug 7 2022 5:01 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Herpich

Jennifer Madron Aug 6 2022 11:56 PM

I only knew John a short time, but it didn’t take long to see he had a huge heart! You’re in Gods arms now! Rest In Peace and prayers for the family.

Terry Eisenhut Aug 6 2022 10:51 PM

He was a great couch to have around i really miss him

Jennifer Aug 6 2022 7:27 PM

John was really happy loving father and a good friend. I would always enjoy our coffee at the Bowling Ally.

Pete Schultz Aug 6 2022 6:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Herpich

Nita and Shawn Baird Aug 6 2022 5:42 PM

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