Marvin L. "Buster" Herkelman, 102, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 3 P.M., Monday, January 15, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 2 P.M. Cremation will follow the funeral service and burial will be at a later date at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.
Marvin LaVerne Herkelman was born on April 28, 1915 on a farm near Elwood, Iowa the youngest of nine children to William and Louise Pauline (Goos) Herkelman. He was a 1933 graduate of Elwood High School. He married Eva Francelia Hamilton on February 17, 1937 in Rock Island, Illinois. They were together for over 70 years prior to her passing on May 3, 2007.
"Buster" had first farmed west of Elwood and then settled south of Elwood from 1937 until retiring to Maquoketa in July of 1975. In retirement he continued to help his son Earl "Dude" Galloway farm as well as the Becker family.
"Buster" had been a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church and then transferred to the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and watching sports, especially his son Bill's teams.
Those left to honor his memory include his children, Earl "Dude" (Joan) Galloway of Lost Nation, IA, and Terre (Judy) Herkelman of Henderson, NV; a daughter-in-law, Donna Herkelman of Clinton, IA; 8 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, 8 step-great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren; a special niece Darleen Simmons of Maquoketa, IA; and all the Fey kids. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Eva, brothers C. Elwin, Waldo, Arnold and Leo, sisters Elise, Eunice, Velma and Dorothy, a son Bill and his wife, Adena (Schmidt) Herkelman.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Elwood Cemetery Association, First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa or the Elwood United Methodist Church.
Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.
To the family: Buster was a special person in our Methodist church family and we all will surely miss the pleasant Hello and his conversation of the day. Although i will not be there John will be at the service. My thoughts and prayers are for all of you.
Terry, Judy & family: Buster and I shared a birthday so at church we always had birthday wishes for each other at that time. I will miss that. My deepest sympathy goes out to all the family. Marilyn Rankin
Terre and Judy, We are sending our sympathy. I have many fond memories of Buster and Eva. Buster had a long, good life. We will be thinking of you. Maureen and John Lary
Terri and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much as I'd like to be there with you tomorrow I don't think I'll try to come. Weather is too unpredictable this time of year for me to drive that far. Love, Carol VanFosson
Terry and family: What a wonderful person, He always had a friendly smile for me at church. I happy that he and Eva are together again. I have fond memories of the days at Elwood elementary school with Bill and Adena. Cathy Bailey Pharr TX
We are sending your family our deepest sympathy.
Buster, as we new him, was quite a man. He lived his long life well. He is going to be missed by so many.
We are sorry we won't be there on Monday, you will be in our thoughts. We are in Arizona.
John & Judy Wolter
Our deepest sympathy to Butster's family. We always enjoyed visiting with him and enjoyed seeing him at church. May he and Eva rest in peace together now. Cecil & Sheila Bentley
I've had the Privilege of know Buster for many many years having coffee with him every morning at Main Street for 30 years. He was an amazing man God Bless you Buster RIP my dear friend
Terry, Judy and family sorry to hear about Buster passing. Wow...what an amazing life he must have lived and the stories he must have told. Hold your memories close. Sending hugs!
Tim & Jody Clasen
My sympathy to Busters family. What a wonderful man!! So very blessed to have known him! He always made my day when he came in to walmart he could always make you smile.
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