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Herman Francis Rickerl

Herman Rickerl obit picRICEVILLE — Funeral Mass for Herman Francis Rickerl will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday Dec. 31, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Le Roy, Minn. with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at the Hindt Funeral Home in Le Roy with a public Rosary being recited at 4:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday at the church from 9-10:20 a.m.

Herman F. Rickerl, 87, of rural Riceville, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 at Riceville Family Care and Therapy Center.

Herman Francis Rickerl was born on Sept. 17, 1929, in rural Story City to Frank and Julia (Baldus) Rickerl. He attended Willow Grove Country School through the eighth grade and graduated from Gilbert High School in 1947. On Nov. 21, 1955, he was united in marriage to Joan Barhite in rural Gilbert at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where he was also baptized, had his First Communion and was confirmed. He was a devout Catholic and a devoted husband and father. He was employed by the Gilbert Co-Op, and farmed with his father, Frank. He also helped build the dorms at Iowa State University. In 1958 Herman, Joan and their daughter Carmine moved to rural Howard County, where they milked cows, raised hogs and cattle, and farmed into his early 80’s. He was a former board member of the Le Roy Co-Op Elevator and a former Oakdale Township Trustee.

His wife Joan died in 1994. On Jan. 3, 1998, he was united in marriage to Violette Thompson. She passed away in 2009.

Herman is survived by his son, Loren (Penny) Rickerl; two daughters, Carmine (Dean) Swenson and Janelle (Gary) Sunnes, all of Riceville; 12 grandchildren: Kevin (Tara) Swenson, Michael (Tiffany) Swenson, Rebecca (Robert) Jones, Jason (Belinda) Swenson, Sheila (Jason) Wadey; Ryan, Kayla, and Emily Rickerl; Dana (Matt) Strottman, Joanna, Dianna, and Hannah Sunnes; four step-grandchildren: Amanda (Tony) DeGrote, Andrew (Mary Anna) Carls, Ben (Stephanie) Olson and Sarah Olson; 17 great-grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernadette Hathaway of Grand Meadow, Minn., sisters-in-law, Joan (Quentin) Rickerl of Austin, Minn. and Mary Jean Kinsinger of Iowa Falls; step- daughters Ellen Olson of Ames and Jeanne Carls of Lakeville, Minn. 

Herman was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Joan, in 1994; and by his second wife, Violette, in 2009; three brothers, Theodore, George and Quinten; three sisters, Veronica Gallagher, Christine Sampson and Cecelia Hathaway; step-son, William Pearson; a granddaughter, Kelsey Rickerl; and a great-granddaughter, Kiley Jones.

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