Richard B. Hermsen, 89, of Edgewood, formerly of Luxemburg, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 4, at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque.

A private family visitation was held at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.

A private family Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Edgewood. A prayer service was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church prior to burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Colesburg, with military honors accorded. Rev. John Haugen officiated. The Mass was live streamed at

Richard was born May 10, 1931, the son of Gregor and Anna (Klosterman) Hermsen. He served in the United States Army. Richard married Eileen C. Gaul Aug. 24, 1957, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg. She preceded him in death Dec. 21, 2018. They farmed in the Dyersville area until they purchased their farm south of Colesburg in 1963. They retired in 1989 and moved to Luxemburg, later moving to Edgewood.

Richard had a great love for farming, road farming in his later years. He made many trips to the local feed store to keep in touch with his farming friends. He was a huge fan of baseball especially the New York Yankees. Richard enjoyed travelling with Eileen. He was passionate about genealogy, local history and WWII stories. Richard had a special snack drawer for the little ones when they came to visit. His family was very important to him and he will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children: Cindy (Randy) Vorwald of Edgewood, Doug Hermsen, of Colesburg, Tammy (Kenny) Sperfslage, of Edgewood, Jeff (Patty VanMeter) Hermsen, of Manchester, Tim (Kris) Hermsen, of Iowa Falls and Kurt (Janet) Hermsen of Madison, Wis.; grandchildren: Jill Sampson, Wendy Goldsmith and Justin Vorwald, Jason, Kyle, Cory Sperfslage and Lindsay Weber, Mike and Ryan Hermsen, Kelsey Shortley, Travis and Tyler Hermsen, and Sophie and Sam Hermse; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings; Roger (Grace) Hermsen, of Manchester, Bernice Vorwald, of Dubuque, Gladys (Harry) Burkle, of Dyersville, Elizabeth Deutmeyer, of Petersburg and Arthur Hermsen, of New Vienna; in-laws: Marvin Gaul, of Holy Cross, Gerald (Joan) Gaul, of Farley, Delores Gaul, of Epworth and Diane Hermsen, of New Vienna.

He was preceded in death by his wife Eileen; son, Russell Hermsen; granddaughter, Nicole Sperfslage; siblings Helen (Eldon) Gaul and Harold Hermsen; in-laws: Lawrence Gaul, Laura (Ralph) Meyer, Virgil (Helen) Gaul, Germaine Gaul, Ken Vorwald, Tom Deutmeyer, Joyce Hermsen and Leander Gaul in infancy.

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