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Richard Elmer “Dick” Herroon, age 68, of Greenville, lost his battle with lung cancer on Tuesday afternoon, October 2, 2012 while at home surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Jodi & Amy from Hospice of Michigan.

Richard, the son of Raymond J. & Viola (Barringer) Herroon, was born on December 29, 1943 in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Greenville Senior High School in 1962 — the first class to graduate from the “new” high school — which celebrated their 50th class reunion this past June. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963-1967 and then worked as a machinist for Auto-Die of Grand Rapids until he was injured on the job.

Dick as a adamant fisherman, loved camping and working with wood. He took pride in his work… especially when he made walnut cabinets for his best friends, Robert & Jennie Hilliker, and course, for his own home.

He was preceded in death by his son, Todd M. Edwards Herroon in 1999; his brother, Frank J. Herroon in 2002; and his father, Raymond J. Herroon in 2005.

Richard is survived by his wife, Gloria J. (Edwards) Herroon, whom he married on December 5, 1970 at the Greenville United Methodist Church., along with their sons, Troy Edwards & Marda Townsend, and Jason Herroon, all of Greenville. Richard was grateful to his sons for blessing him with four surviving grandsons, Tyler Edwards of Greenville, Dallas, Collin, & Jayden Herroon, all of Sand Lake; and one great grandson, Traylen Edwards. He was very proud of them all and encouraged them to follow their dreams and pursue their own goals. He found great satisfaction teaching his grandson’s a few licks on the guitar. Also surviving are his mother, Viola Herroon of Greenville; his siblings, Violet Cross of Edmore, Ethel & Dan Degood, Barbara & Dennis Day, and Ray “Butch” & Virginia Herroon, all of Greenville; his father-in-law, Donald Edwards of Greenville; along with his siblings-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville. In accordance with his wishes, cremation will follow the visitation and private committal services, with military honors, will be held at Rest Haven Memory Gardens. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Dick’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Anonymous on October 2, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Posted by: Jackie Dahl
    Posted by: Jackie Anstett Dahl

    I have great memories of Dick at GHS. Yes, we were the first graduating class, and it has been a fast 50 years. I would like to thank Dick for serving our country, for all the memories he left his family. I did not know he was best friends with Bob and Jennie Hilliker, that shows he also choose his friends wisely……. Hope to see you down the road Dick…..will miss seeing you at our reminder class of 1962 reunions…… God will take good care of you..Love and hugs, Jackie

    Posted by: Jim Babcock

    To all who knew him best including Gloria, his mother Viola and siblings and many family and friends both nearby and far away, I offer my sincerest sympathies. You were all a wonderful family for mine to know and share life’s ups and downs with: Yes, I remember “the willow branches” (and was in awe of you all); now we’ll remember “the taps” in Dick’s honor. I salute him, too, in absentia. Peace to his memory. –Jim

    Posted by: Linda (Tanner) Strodtman

    To Dick’s family, So sorry to hear of your loss. May you be comforted by all your wonderful life memories and the following verse from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
    “For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
    And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
    Only when you drink form the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
    And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
    And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”

    Linda Tanner Strodtman, a 1962 GHS classmate.

    Posted by: Lou Ann Dennis Miller

    So sorry for your loss and heartache. May the Good Lord give you his strength during this difficult time.

    A former 1962 Classmate,
    Lou Ann Dennis Miller

    Posted by: Kittie Bouwman Rudel
    It is very sad to hear of the passing of a former classmate of the class of ’62. It is so good to know that his life was filled with the light of family, purpose, and fun. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

    Posted by: Dave&JudyVereeke

    Gloria and Family,God has a new angel.He is at peace now,and with Todd.He was an awesome guy,and he will never be forgotten.Everyone has a lot of wonderful memories of him.God Bless you and Jason for all the wonderful care you both gave him.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys.As you said,he was ready to go and that has to make you feel better knowing that.It is still hard,but time will make it some what easier.All our Love and Prayers,Dave,Judy,and the rest of the Vereeke Family.

    Posted by: Jan Staffen Jones

    “A life well-lived is a precious gift.”

    May you find comfort in remembering someone so special.

    Sympathy & prayers to Dick’s family.

    Classmate, Jan Staffen

    Posted by: Kristina (Gibson) Grey
    Sorry for your loss.

    Posted by: Art & Cindi Laws

    May you rest in peace and thank you for all you have given to all of us that knew you.

    Posted by: Gert Anderson Mazurek
    My deepest regrets to Dicks family, and loved ones; in their time of sadness and loss.
    Classmate Gert Anderson

    Posted by: marda townsend

    Dick, i know me and my kids have only known you 4 1/2 years but thanks for being so wounderfull to me and my kids, we all sure will miss you, arika says shes still your little half point and we sure will miss that wounderfull laugh u had it would make all of us laugh just hearing that, we will see you again someday in them bright and shiney light of heaven… in peace we love you!!!!

    Posted by: Jennie Moody
    Gloria and Family, My utmost sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family at this time. I know what you are all going through. It really does get a little easier in time. I still have a rough day every now and then after two years. Know that I am thinking about you all. Keep your chin up and know that the suffering is over for him. Love to all, Jennie


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