David Herda, 64

David G. Herda, 64, of Faribault, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at his home, following an extended illness.

David George Herda, son of Frank and Julia (Malecha) Herda, was born on July 2, 1944, in Northfield. He attended New Prague High School, and later served in the U.S. Army. After his discharge Dave began a 30-year career with the Ford Motor Co. in St. Paul, retiring in 1995. On July 23, 1966, he married Joan DuPay at the Church of the Annunciation in Hazelwood. They lived in New Prague from 1977 to 1996, when they moved to Faribault. Dave was a member of the Lonsdale American Legion, the Knights of Columbus Council 889 in Faribault and the UAW #879. In retirement, Dave and Joan wintered in Texas for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and visiting with family and friends. He was an excellent cook and baker, and was always anxious to plant his garden in the spring. Dave especially loved to golf, and also enjoyed woodworking, fishing, boating and camping.

He is survived by his wife; children, Ann (Steven) Kajer, New Prague, David M. (Cristel) Herda, New Prague and Ronald (Kelly) Herda, Lonsdale; 10 grandchildren Abbey, Spencer and Simon Kajer, David, Emily and Olivia Herda, and Hannah, Gretchen, Sarah and Mara Herda; seven siblings Donna (Jim) Degrood, Eagan, Charlotte (Bill) Borwege, Faribault, Pat (Myron) Hrabe, New Prague, Francis Fritz (Maryann) Herda, Maynard (Bonnie) Herda and Tom Herda and special friend Sharon Spartz, all of Lonsdale, and Carol (Jerry) LeMieux, Faribault; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m., at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church, at Immaculate Conception in Faribault.

Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Lonsdale, with military honors provided by the Lonsdale American Legion.

Visitation was held at the Parker Kohl Funeral Home in Faribault Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., and at the church on Friday for one hour prior to services.

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