Kenneth H. Herr
Kenneth Henry Herr, 73, of
Fond du Lac, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019 surrounded by his family at
Hospice Home of Hope after a 6-year battle with cancer.
Ken was born in Sheboygan,
Wisconsin on August 7, 1945 to parents Henry and Irene (Wagner) Herr. On July
29, 1978 he married Cherly L. Zasada at St. Patrick’s Church in Fond du Lac.
Ken and Cheryl enjoyed traveling with their family visiting all 50 states
together and to 34 states with their three grandchildren.
Ken moved to Fond du Lac age
the age of 5 and attended St. Mary’s Grade School. He graduated from Goodrich
High School in 1963. Ken accepted an industrial engineering apprenticeship from
Giddings & Lewis in 1966 and graduated as a manufacturing engineer in 1970.
Ken retired from G&L in 2006 with over 40 years of service and was a member
of the G&L Oldsters Club.
Ken was a member of the Fond
du Lac softball community since the 1950’s first as a ball boy and then as a
player, coach, manager, umpire, and tournament director. He was instrumental in
the development and success of the Fond du Lac Softball Hall of Fame, serving
as committee president for many years. He also was a leader in developing and
building the wall at the Forest Mall. Ken was elected to the Softball Hall of
Fame as a Contributor in the inaugural class of 1999 and will be awarded the
first Lifetime Achievement Award in August 2019.
Ken also served on the
committee that created the rules and procedures for the Fond du Lac High School
Athletic Hall of Fame and on the election committee for many years. He was
elected as a Contributor in 2019 with one of the many contributions being a
founding member of the Cardinal Quarterback Club.
Ken will be greatly missed by
Cheryl, his wife of 40 years; daughter Julie (Kevin) Buelow of Fond du Lac and
grandchildren Abbie, Allie, and Jack Buelow; and son Bob (Leah) Herr of
Jackson. He will also be missed by his six sisters: Kathy Osborn, Eunice (Jim)
Puddy, Janice (Bruce) Smith, Eileen (John) Allman, Mary (Jacque) Rose, and Sue
(Reggie) Nowell; mother-in-law Mabel Zasada; brother-in law George (Renee)
Zasada; and sisters-in law Mary (Mark) Erbstoesser and Karen (Jim) Soll;
nieces, nephews, godchildren, and friends.
Ken was preceded in death by
his parents; father-in-law, George Zasada; brother-in-law Donald Osborn; and
nephew, Tim Puddy.
VISITATION: A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 pm
on Tuesday, June 18 at Kurki-Mach Funeral Home, 31 East Division Street, Fond
du Lac. A second visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 19 from 9:00-10:45
am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 271 4th Street Way, Fond du Lac.
FUNERAL: A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00
am. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Hospice Home of
Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel
& Crematory is serving the family, www.kurkimachfuneralchapel.com. 920-921-4420