Herbert Elmer Fickbohm, 95, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at Sanford Vermillion Hospital after a brief illness.
Herbert was born on Oct. 13, 1914 in Montevideo, MN to Walter and Mary Fickbohm. When he was young he helped build Highway 77 from the Garryowen Community near rural Elk Point all the way to Beresford.
He was married to Violet Virgie Offerdahl on Aug. 23, 1937. They farmed until moving to Vermillion in 1946, where they still lived. Herbert was a hard working man whose first job was with the Southern Pacific Railroad. He also worked for the lumber yard in Vermillion before finding his occupation as a bookkeeper at the REA where he worked until his retirement in 1979.
Herbert and Violet loved to bowl and play cards with the family. They also enjoyed volunteering and were named Volunteers of the Year at the Vermillion Nursing Home. He was a quiet and private man who loved to fish and vegetable garden and play horseshoes. He was a member of Cornerstone Assembly of God.
Survivors include his wife, Violet Fickbohm of Vermillion; son, Herbert V. Fickbohm of Vermillion; daughter, Sallyann Mettler of Stevensville, MI; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sister, Ethel Anderson of Alcester; and sister-in-law, Agnes Fickbohm of Centerville.
Herbert is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mary Fickbohm; brothers, Alvin, Walter and Vern Fickbohm; half-brother, Alfred Carlson; and sister, Pearl Anderson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at Cornerstone Assembly of God in Vermillion, with Rev. Devon Davoux officiating. Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 at Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home in Vermillion.
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