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Ralph C. Herrick — Chatfield

CHATFIELD — Ralph C. Herrick, 96, of Cape Coral, Fla., died March 5, 2009.

Mr. Herrick was born Dec. 5, 1912, near Luverne, Minn. His family moved to Chatfield when he was about 5. He attended country school and began high school in Chatfield. In the early 1940s he completely built the family home in Chatfield, primarily out of material taken from two-year-old buildings that had been torn down.

He operated his own trucking business for a few years, then worked many years for Art Bernard Implement, where he was working just prior to moving to Florida. He was an elder at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Chatfield, and later a member and elder of Faith Presbyterian Church of Cape Coral. His primary work in Cape Coral was as an assembler for Cape Engineering, building prototype label printing presses. He had resided in Florida for 50 years.

Mr. Herrick is survived by sons, Rodney (Lilas) of Chatfield and Donald (Harriet) of Black Mountain, N.C.; grandchildren, Linda Herrick, Kathy Tri, Nancy Thicke, Tom Herrick and Gwen Granzow; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wives, Betty in 1982, and Eleanor in 2005; a great-granddaughter, Cheryl Tri; a sister and three brothers.

A graveside service was held March 9 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Metz Funeral Chapel of Cape Coral assisted with arrangements.

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