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Dr. Robert Herrick

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dr. Robert Lee Herrick, of Green Valley, Ariz., died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

"Bob" was born Sept. 13, 1930, in Brookfield, Mo., the son of the Rev. Lowell and Dorothy Herrick. His childhood was spent in various parsonages in Kansas and Colorado.

He married Darlene Lewis, from Concordia, Kan., in 1954.

He obtained his bachelor of arts degree in 1953, from York College, York, Neb., a master of theology from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, a master of social science, from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Illinois, at Urbana, Ill.

Bob taught at the University of Illinois, and from 1962-1994, was a professor of sociology and head of the Sociology Department at Westmar College in Le Mars.

After retiring from Westmar College, Bob moved to Green Valley, Ariz., in 1994.

Bob "took up" golf, for the first time, and enjoyed his time spent at Haven Golf Club.

He was a member of Valley Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder, as chairman of the Christian Education Committee, as a member of two Pastor Search Committees, and sang in the Sanctuary Choir.

In 1999, he was one of the five original Stephen Minister Leaders, who formed the church's first Stephen Minister Program. He enjoyed teaching in this program, and also in leading classes on social justice.

Bob's outstanding academic abilities and his gentleness of character have enriched countless lives of his students and friends. He had an exemplary life and will be greatly missed.

Bob is survived by his wife, Darlene; sons Mark of Tucson, Ariz., and Scott of Sahuari, Ariz., and daughter, Kristina, and grandsons, Bryan and Jacob Gallo, of Upland, Calif. Also surviving are brothers, Bill (Rosemary), Paul (Barbara), and sister, Mary Megill. Two sisters-in-law, OraLee Fessler (Myron), and Donna Lewis, also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Dorothy Herrick; father and mother-in-law, Leon and Marie Lewis, and brother-in-law, Gerry Lewis.

A memorial service was held Monday, Sept. 12, at Valley Presbyterian Church.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Valley Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir, or Valley Presbyterian Stephen Ministry program.

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