Obituary: Richard H. Herrema, 1932-2013
Ryan Summerlin July 3, 2013
Richard H. Herrema
Richard H. Herrema, 81, of Goodyear, passed away June 30, 2013, quietly in the comfort of his own home. He was born on March 26, 1932 in Ringle, Wisconsin. He had been battling lymphoma. He was a member of the American Legion, played basketball and rowed crew at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was a former Shriner, and was a 32nd degree mason at the Wolford Lodge in Colorado for 50 years. He served for two years in the U.S. Army, was senior warden of St. Peter’s Episcopal, the finance board at Pebble Creek, the Community Planning Commission in Goodyear, a former member of men’s 9 and 18 Golf Club at Pebble Creek, and part of the Happy Hackers in Grand Lake, Colo. He was in the men’s study group of history, religion and current events and home church groups. He was a banker for 32 years, co-owner of Grand Appraisal Service for 10 years. His post high school education consisted of the University of Wisconsin-Graduate School of Banking 1963, University of the South, School of Theology: Theological Education by Extension, Education for Ministry completed in 1992; the National Judicial College, University of Nevada; and Special Courts Jurisdiction Course in 1992. Survived by his wife Kayleen Herrema of 37 years marriage. They would have celebrated their 38th anniversary November 2013; his first wife: Ramona Thompson, married 23 years; and his children and (spouses), Deborah (Ric)Lloyd, Richard W. (Kathy) Herrema, Mary (Fred) Montoya, Beth (Kim) Dary, and step-children Heidi Woog ( Tom Archie), Erik (Cassie) Woog, 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren expected between July and November. He is also survived by sisters Ruth (Vic) Ten Haken and Gretchen Fraaza; and brother Calvin John (Judy) Herrema. Preceded in death by brother Ralph Herrema and sister Betty Ann Rick. Memorial services will be held at 1pm on Friday, July 5th at St. Peter’s Epsicopal Church, 400 S. Old Litchfield Rd., Litchfield Park, AZ. Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be provided to the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Litchfield Park or the Lymphoma Research Foundation.