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.