Goshen News, Goshen, IN

April 8, 2008

Donald R. Herendeen

Nov. 20, 1917-April 7, 2008


Donald R. Herendeen, 90, 1801 Greencroft Blvd., formerly of W. Wilkinson St., died Monday at 1:30 a.m. at his residence.

He was born Nov. 20, 1917, in Kendallville, to Alfred and Alta (Leitch) Herendeen.

He married Betty (Leinbach) Herendeen April 22, 1950.

He was the day foreman at the City of Goshen Wastewater Treatment Plant, retiring in 1983. He also worked for Goshen City Dairy for 18 years.

He quit high school to help his parents, but went back and received his GED in 1969.

He was a military policeman during World War II and was discharged in 1945. He received the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with five Bronze Battle Stars and a Good Conduct Medal.

He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Goshen. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 985, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15 and the Goshen Moose Lodge 836.

He was a member of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association, pitching in state and national competitions. He won the Class A division at the Elkhart County Fair pitching contest in 1996.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Viki (Rick) Pharis, Goshen; two sons, Steven (Ann) Herendeen and David (Cindy) Herendeen, both of Goshen; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ruth Edwards, Faye Smoots and June Foster; and a brother, Dwight Herendeen.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rieth-Rohrer- Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen.

Services will be Thursday at the funeral home at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Omer Nisley officiating.

Burial will be in West Goshen Cemetery with military services.

Memorials may be made to the VFW Post 985. Online condolences may be sent to www.rrefh.com.