Albert Herpst, Jr.

Friday, July 15, 2011

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

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake with full Military Rites by the Alta VFW Post #6172. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Albert Herpst, Jr., the son of Albert and Nettie (Michelson) Herpst, was born in Rembrandt, on Dec. 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, Ill. Albert faithfully served his country in the United States Army from Jan. 20, 1943 to Oct. 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 were engaged in farming for 37 years near Lakeside and he 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 Couple's Club. Albert's family was the center of his life. He cherished the times he could spend with his family. He enjoyed attending as many of his grandchildren's activities as possible. Albert and Patty took many family day trips around the state. Albert has traveled to 40 of the states within the US. He was very talented in woodworking, making shelves and quilt racks that his family cherish as remembrances of him. Special memories the family have with Albert are sledding 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; his children: Gary (Connie) Herpst of Storm Lake; Laurie (Gary) Messerich of Glidden; and Vickie (Marvin) Wieck of Panora; his grandchildren: Bonni (Bill Christjaener) Herpst of Minneapolis, Minn.; Todd (Leah) Herpst of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Tammy (Jeremy) Raeszler of Las Vegas, Nev.; Angela (Matt) Madsen of Omaha, Neb.; Dan (Karla) Messerich of Glidden; Kristy Messerich of North Liberty; Kenard Prunty of Altoona; Kendra (Chris) Tribby of Newton; Kyler Prunty of Marshalltown; his great grandchildren: Alexandra Herpst; Ty Herpst; Ryleah Herpst; Hannah Messerich; Emma Messerich; Clare Messerich; Caeden; Tribby; brothers-in-law: Jim (Sharon) Sliefert of Storm Lake; Don (Diane) Sliefert of Alta; sisters-in-law: Shirley (Pete) Despotovich of Omaha, Neb.; Mary Hubbell of Omaha, Neb.; Vivian Sliefert of Storm Lake; many nieces and nephews; and other extended family and friends.

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