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Dale A. Herr

February 23, 1941 ~ January 26, 2021 (age 79)


Dale Herr, age 79 of Centerville, Iowa passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

Dale was born on February 23, 1941 in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Vern and Margaret (Munden) Herr.  He graduated from Centerville High School.  On July 9, 1965, Dale was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Kernes while Dale was stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California.  To this union, 13 children were born, Sonya, Laura, Jody, Scott, Pat, Christi, Kerry, Brian, Cindy, Kevin, Lisa, Shiloh, and Raelynn. 

Dale enlisted into the United States Air Force on March 26, 1962 in Centerville, Iowa. He served as an airplane mechanic until March 25, 1968 when he was released from Active Duty at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California.   He then immediately enlisted in the Air National Guard in Centerville, Iowa, working as a Loader Operator.  During this time, Dale worked for the City of Centerville for a brief period of time.  He was then employed at Appanoose County Veterans Affairs, helping fellow veterans for many years.  Technical Sergeant Dale Allen Herr, having served faithfully and honorably, was retired from the United States Air Force on February 23, 2001 after almost 39 years.

Dale loved fishing and hunting.  He enjoyed spending time with all of his family, especially if they were fishing together.  Those were his fondest memories.  When his children were young, he tended to multiple gardens.  Moreover, he was a very stubborn man, but he loved very hard!

Left to honor Dales’ memory are his children, Christi (Steve) Couch of Milan, Missouri, Jody (Jeff) Francis of Amarillo, Texas, Scott (Vicki) Herr of Milford, Iowa, Kevin (Tammy) Herr of Utah, Lisa Herr of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Kerry (Phil) Onsurez of Wolfforth, Texas, Cindy Herr of Des Moines, Iowa, Shiloah (William) Keener of Pikeville, Tennessee, Laura Hites of Centerville, Iowa, Sonya Herr (Jerry Sparks) of Centerville, Iowa, Brian Herr of Chariton, Iowa, and Pat Herr of Centerville, Iowa; over 60 grandchildren and great grandchildren; two brothers, Francis (Brenda) Herr of Florida and Lee Herr of Centerville, Iowa; a sister, Rita (Keith) Hammer of Davenport; a sister in law, Mary Kernes; and a brother in law, Donnie Kernes.

Dale was preceded in death by his wife of over 55 years, Ruth Herr; a daughter, Raelynn Herr; his parents, Vern and Margaret Herr; a grandson, Nicholas Abbott; a brother-in-law, Norman Kernes; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary and Boyd Kernes.

Per Dale’s wishes, cremation has been accorded.  Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials have been established to the family of Dale Herr, to be determined at a later date, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, C/O Herr Family, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at  

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