Gerald Henrich, 85, of Le Mars, died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at his home.
Gerald F. Henrich was born April 16, 1921, on the family farm southeast of Akron, the son of John and Josephine (Shea) Henrich. He attended country school near his home. Gerald was united in marriage to Bernice Ommen April 21, 1942 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Akron. Gerald and Bernice farmed southeast of Akron until retirement in 1979. In 1997, they moved to Le Mars to be closer to their children.
Gerald was always an active member of his church, volunteering many hours to maintenance and parish support. Gerald loved to farm, and took great pride in keeping up with farm practices after his retirement through his son-in-law's farming of the land. After retiring, his love of growing things continued. His garden often supplied his neighbors and friends with beautiful vegetables and Bernice with roses.
Survivors include his children, Mary and her husband, Norman Jewell of Blue Eye, Mo., and their children Theresa Jewell, Stacy Rogers and Christopher Jewell; Dan Henrich and his wife. Mary of Colonial Heights, Va., and their children Matt, Nick, and Sarah Henrich; Tim Henrich of Denver, Colo.; Anita and her husband, Dan Vasto of Adel, and their children Michael, Veronica and Alicia Vasto; Reed and his wife, Vicki Henrich of Brunsville and their children Rob Von Hagel, Heather Johnson, Jessie Gengler, and Jeremy Henrich; and Rochelle and her husband, Curt Niehus of Le Mars and their children Chad, Andrea, and Caitlyn; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marian Staab of Remsen; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Josephine (Shea) Henrich; a brother, Jack Henrich; a son, Myllin; and his wife, Bernice on June 27, 2002.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Kevin Richter officiating. Interment will be at 4 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Akron. Visitations will be after 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with a 7 p.m. Scriptural wake service. Visitation will continue at the church Thursday from noon until service.
Casketbearers will be Dan Henrich, Curt Niehus, Tim Henrich, Dan Vasto, Chad Niehus, Norman Jewell, and Christopher Jewell. Honorary casketbearers will be Reed Henrich, Nick Henrich, Matt Henrich, Jeremy Henrich, and Michael Vasto.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.