Harvey Rudolph Hermsdorf

MCFARLAND, Wis. - Harvey Rudolph Hermsdorf, age 86, of McFarland, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 27, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born on Dec. 24, 1930, in Madison, the son of Rudolph and Adeline (Wollin) Hermsdorf. Harvey attended country schools in Deerfield and worked on area farms and for Garver Feeds. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea. Harvey married Patricia Beck on Sept. 8, 1951. God was very important in his life. Harvey was a very active member of Hope Lutheran Church, having served on the church council, Sunday School board and Hope Cemetery Association. He was also a member of Local #139 Operating Engineers, as well as, VFW #534 and enjoyed participating in the card club. He worked for the Town of Blooming Grove and Madison Stone and Gravel as a heavy equipment operator. Harvey also worked for Harold Homburg and George OLP (Homburg Contractors). He loved working road construction. A very talented and diverse individual, he also enjoyed building things, working in the garden, having lots of bird feeders to feed the birds and was able to complete any other projects that needed to be done. Harvey was a gentle, loving man who would do anything for anyone. He led by example in his strong work ethic, long hours and dedication. Whoever and whatever needed to be watched, Harvey was your man, he loved to babysit both children and dogs. Most importantly, however, was his wife, Patricia, whom he dearly loved and missed. Back in the day they would be seen either dancing or at card club, both of which they enjoyed doing together. Harvey is survived by his daughter, Susan (Robert) Ecker; son-in-law, John (Lori) Schlimgen; five grandchildren, Arick (Brooke) Ecker, Jessica Ecker, Heidi (Mike) Nitz, Amanda Schlimgen and Katelyn Schlimgen,; five great-grandchildren, Maegen Nitz, Alexander Nitz, Jacob Ecker, Lucas Ecker and Ella Ecker; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Adeline; his wife, Patricia Hermsdorf; daughter, Cynthia Schlimgen; two brothers, Gordon Hermsdorf and Fred Hermsdorf; and a brother-in-law, Richard Koch. Funeral services will be held at HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3702 County Hwy. AB, McFarland, at 11:30 a.m., on Friday, June 2, 2017, with Rev. Beth Schultz-Byrnes presiding. Burial will follow in Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday. The family would like to thank Dr. Musa for his years of friendship and Agrace "Hostage" Care, as Grandpa lovingly called it. We would also like to thank dad's neighbor, Don Sabatke, for getting him involved in life after mom's passing and Kim and Pat Smith for their continued visits. Special thanks to Chris and Andrew Homburg, your visit meant the world to Dad. Finally, a heartfelt thank you to Janet, Ruth and Lillian for always being there for us. "I Love you Dad. Thank you for always being there for me and our family. You have always been my rock" - Sue. Online condolences may be made at

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