Wilbert E. “Wib” Hermsmeyer, age 87 of Carlyle, passed away at his home on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
Mr. Hermsmeyer was born on March 6, 1927, in rural Carlyle, a son of William C. and Bertha (Reinkensmeyer) Hermsmeyer. He married Shirley R. Langel on October 22, 1955, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ferrin and she survives in Carlyle.
In addition to his wife of 58 years, Mr. Hermsmeyer is also survived by his sons – Michael T. Hermsmeyer of Carlyle and Jon Hermsmeyer and wife Sarah of Atlanta, Georgia; a son-in-law – Darrell Holsapple and his wife Joyce of Hoffman; his grandchildren – Darrell Ray Holsapple, Noah Hermsmeyer and Audrey Hermsmeyer; a sister – Ann Nehrt of Carlyle; a brother – Edwin Hermsmeyer and wife Verdell of Ferrin; his in-laws – Floyd Langel and wife Betty and Lucille Langel, all of Greenville and a special family friend – Joann Sugg.
He was preceded in death by his parents – William and Bertha Hermsmeyer; a daughter – Cheryl A. Holsapple; 2 sisters – Leona Nehrt and husband Clifford and Ellen Kraus and husband Eric; and his in-laws – Elmer, Eldon, Delmar, Joan, Dorris and Ruth.
Mr. Hermsmeyer was baptized, confirmed and married at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ferrin, where he held many offices. He served on the board of Ferrin Co-op and was a trustee of the Meridian Township Board. Wib served in the United States Army during the Korean War, and was a dairy and grain farmer. After retiring from farming, he did carpentry work and was a talented woodworker.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ferrin, with Rev. Scott Niermann, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Saturday morning from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or to the American Cancer Society and will be received at Zieren Day Funeral Home.