Roger Henry Hermsen, 85, of Manchester, Iowa, formally of Earlville, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood. He was born on September 1, 1935, the son of Gregor and Anna (Klosterman) Hermsen on the home farm near New Vienna. After his education he served honorably in the U.S. Navy.
On June 6, 1959, Roger was united in marriage to Grace Westhoff at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. Four sons were born to this union. They farmed six years by Bankston, before moving to the Earlville farm in 1966 where they were dairy farmers. They retired to Manchester in 2004.
Roger was a Yankee fan and loved history and reading. His family was very important to him. They were all very special to him. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Grace of Manchester, four sons, Ron (Elaine) Hermsen of New Vienna, Dave (Delores) Hermsen of Dyersville, Carl (Lisa) Hermsen of Earlville, Paul (DeAnna) Hermsen of Van Horne; 13 grandchildren, Samantha Hermsen of Danville, Vermont, Jackie (Sam) Rawls, of Porter, Texas, Nicole Hermsen, of Dyersville, Kyle Hermsen of Iowa City, Kari (Marcus) Vaassen of Dyersville, Alex (Heidi) Hermsen of Peosta, Justin, Jonathan and Ben Hermsen of Earlville, Hunter and Luke Hermsen of Cedar Rapids, Keane and Ragan Hermsen of Van Horne; three great-grandchildren, Henry, Lily and Mia Rawls; four siblings, Bernice Vorwald of Dubuque, Gladys (Harry) Burkle of Dyersville, Elizabeth Deutmeyer of Petersburg, Art Hermsen of New Vienna; sisters and brothers- in-law, Dianne Hermsen of New Vienna, Floyd (Betty) Westhoff of Guttenberg, Mark (Joyce) Westhoff of Petersburg, Del McFadden of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, Mary (Richard) Bixby of Chandler, Arizona, and Carol (Bill) Noble of Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; his two brothers, Richard (Eileen) Hermsen, Harry Hermsen; a sister, Helen (Eldon) Gaul; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom Deutmeyer, Joyce Hermsen, Ken Vorwald, Walter (Janet) Westhoff, and Ed McFadden.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the Edgewood Convalescent Home for all the great care.
Because of COVID-19, masks are required at the funeral home and at the church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Reverend Gabriel Anderson officiating.
Visitation: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Leonard-Muller Funeral home in Manchester.
Interment: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery – Manchester, Iowa