Irvan C. "Boss" Herrick 87, of Bullshead Rd., passed away peacefully Thursday morning at his home in the loving company of his family.
Born in Amsterdam on October 22, 1926, the son of the late George and Alice Severin Herrick, he attended local schools.
Early in his life, he assisted his father with the operation of the George Herrick Family Diary Farm and the Harold Phillips Farm. During World War II, he proudly served with the US Army as a Tech 5 Battery in the 2nd Field Artillery Battalion. Following honorable discharge in 1946, he continued in service to his country with the US Army Reserve in the 105th Infantry Division, NY National Guard as Sgt. 1st Class E-7 retired in October of 1986.
Boss worked for over 34 years for Schenectady International retiring in 1988. His memberships include the John J. Wyszomirski Post 701 American Legion; dedicated Life Member and past chief of the Florida Volunteer Fire Department, the Chuctanunda Fish and Game Club; endowment member of the NRA; life member, deacon and elder of the Woestina Reformed Church, and the Montgomery Co. Farm Bureau and was a Boy Scout Leader.
Boss and his late wife Barbara enjoyed camping, attending their grandchildren's sporting events, and travelling throughout the US especially Hawaii and Alaska. On August 20, 1949 he was united in marriage to Barbara Hess who predeceased him on January 20, 2010. A son Nicholas George Herrick, sisters Marion Tollster and Alma Lasher also predeceased Boss.
He leaves his children; Robert (Joanne) Herrick of Scotia, Linda (Carl) Sparks of Black Mountain NC, Kathleen (Wayne) Van Detta and Mary Alice Sherlock all of Amsterdam; sisters Gladys Gogis of Pattersonville and Hilda Koontz of Delanson; grandchildren; C.J. and Kristin Sparks, Trevor Herrick, Vincent, Mikayla and Nicole Van Detta, and Meaghan and Kyle Sherlock; great grandchildren Gianna Rose MacLean, Jeffrey Peter Dado III; nieces and nephews.
A special thank you goes out to Marie and also to Joanne and Sue for all of their care.
Services will be held on Monday at 11:00 am at the Woestina Reformed Church, Rt 5S Pattersonville, with the Rev. Stanley Bomgarden officiating. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Sunday from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Avenue. Post 701 will meet at 4:00 pm and the Florida Vol. Fire Department will gather at 4:30 pm.
Spring interment will take place in Woestina Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in his name to Woestina Reformed Church or the Florida Vol. Fire Dept., envelopes available at the funeral home.
Please visit his family's on-line guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.