Roger Henry Hermsen, 85, of Manchester, formerly of Earlville, passed away Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood.

Visitation was held 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Leonard-Muller Funeral home in Manchester.

Mass of Christian Burial was 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Interment was in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Manchester.

He was born Sep. 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 near 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 and Paul (DeAnna) Hermsen of Van Horne; 13 grandchildren: Samantha Hermsen of Danville, Vt., Jackie (Sam) Rawls of Porter, Tex., 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 and 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, Wis., Mary (Richard) Bixby of Chandler, Ariz., and Carol (Bill) Noble of Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; his two brothers, Richard (Eileen) Hermsen and 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 their great care.

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