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Howard Jay Herrick, 68, of Goshen, passed away Monday, July 8, 2019 at Elkhart General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 10, 1950 in Zeeland, Michigan to the late Howard J. and Johanna (Dahm) Herrick. He married the former Suzan M. Osborne on March 2, 1975 in Edmore, Mich. Surviving is his wife of 44 years, Susan M. Herrick; son Howard J. (Christina) Herrick; daughter Lori Shephard; 2 grandchildren, Miles Herrick and Cameron Shephard; 2 brothers, Maurice (Debra) Herrick and John (Laural) Herrick.
In addition to his parents, a brother Bill Herrick preceded Him in death.
Howard worked in sales and was the store manager for Mittler Supply Co. in Elkhart. He retired after 31 years of service. Howard proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1970 until his honorable discharge in 1974. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan, enjoyed traveling with Suzan and also liked to collect leather jackets and boots. He will be missed by his family and faithful dog Beau.
There will be a celebration of Howard’s life at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. Elkhart. Friends may visit the family 1 hour prior to the service. Arlin Cockrin will officiate. Per his wishes, cremation was chosen.
A private service with military honors for the family will be held at Prairie Street Cemetery in the Veterans Section. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request memorials in Howard’s name to Ronald McDonald House, 610 N. Michigan St., Ste. 310, South Bend, IN 46601. To share a condolence with the family kindly visit the Billings funeral home website.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana
610 N Michigan Street, Suite 310, South Bend, IN 46601