Daniel R. Hermsen March 13, 1935 – July 23, 2020


Daniel R. Hermsen

      Daniel R. Hermsen, 85, of Dyersville passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

      Visitation was held from 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a parish vigil service was held at 4 p.m. and the American Legion conducted a service at 7 p.m.  Visitation continued Monday, July 27, from 9 – 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

      A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 27, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial at St. Boniface cemetery in New Vienna where Military Honors were accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Dennis Quint officiated with Deacon Roger Riesberg assisting.  Placing of the pall was done by: Jean, Steve, Bill, Sandy, Janet, Julie & Tom.  Lector was Chris Hoeger and music provided by Nick Schadler & Ron Deutmeyer.  Pallbearers were Peter, Matt & Rob Kramer, Chad Hillers, Kade & Keaton Hermsen.

      Dan was born March 13, 1935, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of John “Jack” and Sylvia (Thillen) Hermsen.  He married Jean Ann Krapfl on Aug. 13, 1957, in New Vienna, Iowa.  Together they lived on the family century farm until retiring and moving to Dyersville in 2010.  He also drove a school bus for Western Dubuque Schools for 13 years.  Throughout his life Dan enjoyed farming, golfing, fishing (especially their trips up north), and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 136 and an avid Chicago Bears, Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

      Survivors include his wife of almost 63 years this August, Jean, children: Steven (Laurie) Hermsen of Monticello, Bill (June) Hermsen of Dyersville, Sandy (Kevin) Gravel of New Vienna, Janet (Jeff) Smith of Peosta, Julie (Chris) Hoeger of Eldridge, and Tom (Angie) Hermsen of Fennimore, Wis.; grandchildren: Amy Hermsen, Melissa (Jake) Hyde, Kelly (Matt) Hertzfeldt, Tracy (Vince) Ramos, Chad (Angi) Hillers, Tia (Ryan) Ferrara, Cindy (Wes) Ritt, Kristie (Joe) Boll, Peter (Caitlin) Kramer, Matt (Val) Kramer, Rob Kramer, Craig (Audra) Smith, Kayla Hoeger (friend Trevor Rottinghaus), Heather Hoeger; great-grandchildren: Kade, Keaton and Kennedy Hermsen, Lexi and Tanner Hertzfeldt, Dawson and baby Hyde due in October, Brayden, Jackson, Dominic, Anthony and Giovani Ferrara, Phoenix and Serenity Ritt, Ella and Logan Boll, Ben, Ellie and Ian Smith and Ayda Kramer; siblings: Virgil Hermsen, Fred (Barb) Hermsen and Doris Lake; in-laws: MaryLou Krapfl, Ellen “Nellie” Krapfl and Don (Jean) Krapfl.

      He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Elmer and Eleanor Krapfl, in-laws: Mary Hermsen, “Doc” Lake, Roger Krapfl and Bob Krapfl.

      In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

      Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.

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