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St. John's Lutheran Church
Saturday December 31st, 2016
10:30am

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Sylvester "Sy" Herrick

Sylvester “Sy” Herrick, 83 of Webster died on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at his home near Webster. His funeral will be at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, December 31, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster, Rev. Mike DeKraai will officiate. Burial will be at Fron Lutheran Cemetery near Roslyn. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday 5-7 P.M. A prayer service at 6:45 P.M. Visitation will continue prior to services on Saturday. Sylvester Richard Herrick was born on April 18, 1933 to Anton P. and Julia (Lehmann) Herrick at Grenville, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Grenville. He attended St. Josephs Catholic School graduating in 1952. After high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He completed basic training in Texas and attended Russian Language School. He was stationed in Germany for the 13 out of 20 years of his service. While in the service he was assigned to the office of special investigation, for which he worked in various branches including the FBI, Secret Service, CIA, and Department of Defense. While working in the Secret Service, he accompanied Mamie Eisenhower in Europe. Sy also worked as an interpreter at JFK’s famous speech at Berlin Germany. In 1973, Sy retired from the military and returned to Grenville to hunt and fish! He stayed with his parents helping them as needed. He then decided to join the Police Academy and take training in Pierre, South Dakota to become a Police Officer. On July 25, 1981 he married Linda Olson. The couple made their home in Webster, South Dakota. Sy joined the Webster Police Department and also worked as a park ranger at Pickerel Lake. He later worked as a deputy Sheriff in Day County eventually taking the reigns as Day County Sheriff for 12 years. In 1991, the couple brought a baby into their family, adopting Jessica. She was the apple of his eye! In 1994, he retired to spend more time with their daughter at their farm north of Webster. Sy thought of himself as a “rancher” raising sheep and horses! He continued to enjoy retirement hunting, fishing, gardening, playing cards, listening to polka music, riding around on his 4-wheeler, but above all he loved spending time with his family. He was a jokester and will forever be remembered for his gift of storytelling and giving his friends and family a “hard time”! He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran church where he served on the church council. He was also a member of the Roslyn American Legion, VFW, and former member of the Peace Officer Association. Sy passed away peacefully at his home on December 27, 2016 at the age of 83 years, 8 months, and 9 days. He will be greatly missed by his wife Linda of Webster, daughter Jessica (Nick) Snaza of Watertown, SD, two sons, Carl Herrick of Omaha, NE and Kenneth Herrick of Germany. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Mallory and Owen Snaza and Travis Herrick, and one sister Theresa Tracy of CA. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Marianne Senske.

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hi and love you papa his will always be my papa Sy like we always use to call him

mallory Dec 27 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sylvester Herrick

mallory Dec 27 2021 12:00 AM

Sy was such a kind hearted man & always had a great smile. What a wonderful man! Your have my sympathy Linda & Jessica . Love & Hugs Judy Tobin

Judy Tobin Jan 4 2017 12:00 AM

Sy was truly one of a kind! I so loved to visit with him back in the days when we both worked for Loiseau Construction, working on Hiway 25 after the flood years. He always made me laugh. I also loved to visit with him about his "sheep ranch" which he was so fond of, even tho "sheep are real dumb" as he put it. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for all of his loved ones. Gayle Dargatz

Gayle Dargatz Dec 30 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sylvester Herrick

Gayle Dargatz Dec 30 2016 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to you, Linda and Jessica, we are out of the country so will be unable to attend services, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Terry and Jerry Meek

Jerry Meek Dec 30 2016 12:00 AM

We are so saddened to return from our Christmas trip to find out we have lost a dear friend. He was a "one in a million" kind of person. I will never forget the day he walked into my classroom to tell me Marianne had passed away. I am sure they are telling jokes together now. May God bless his soul!

Charlotte Hoverstadt Dec 29 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sylvester Herrick

Charlotte Hoverstadt Dec 29 2016 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss Sy was a big part of the community will be missed by many. May you find comfort knowing that he is in peace and will be watching over you. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Shawn Sigdestad Dec 29 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sylvester Herrick

Shawn Sigdestad Dec 29 2016 12:00 AM

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