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Michael A. Herch - 56

11/6/1962 - 3/17/2019

Clinton, IA

Michael A. Herch age 56 of Clinton, passed away Sunday March 17, 2019 at his home after a courageous nine year battle with melanoma.  Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Friday March 22nd at the Pape Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held Thursday 4 – 7 PM at the funeral home.  Following the service, cremation rites will be accorded and a private family burial will be held at Fulton Township Cemetery at a later date.  Online condolences may be left at The family requests that memorial gifts be designated in memory of Mike Herch to Melanoma Research at Mayo Clinic. Gifts can be mailed directly to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905. 


     Mike was born on Nov. 6, 1962 in Clinton, the son of David and Paulene (Russell) Herch. Mike graduated from Clinton High School in 1981.  He married Christine Legel on Aug. 17, 1990 in Honolulu, HI.  Mike worked at Lyondell Basell Industries as a Process Safety Manager for over 18 years. Despite his sickness, Mike was dedicated to his job and never let his illness define him or limit his activity.  He was an avid outdoors man and especially enjoyed fishing and duck hunting. Many memories were made in duck blinds and on the Mississippi River with friends he's known for over 40 years. He was known to be quite the handyman, where family said he could fix anything. Especially small motors and various home and car questions he took from his wife and kids. When he was feeling well, he loved to tinker in his garage and repair old four wheelers and dirt bikes and spend time with family and grandkids. 


     Mike is survived by his wife, Christine Herch of Clinton; three children, Eric Witt of Spokane, WA, Emily (Garret) Reddish of Mt. Vernon, IA, and Andrew Herch of North Liberty, IA; three grandchildren, Braylon, Jack, and Lucy; his parents, David (Paulene) Herch of Clinton; two brothers, Gary (Cindy) Herch of Camanche and Peter Herch of Clinton.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents.    


Visitation will be held Thursday 4 – 7 PM at the funeral home.


Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Friday March 22nd at the Pape Funeral Home. Following the service, cremation rites will be accorded and a private family burial will be held at Fulton Township Cemetery at a later date.


  • Jake & Nancy Temple

    on 03/18/19

    So sorry, Chris, Eric, Emily and Andrew!  You had the best husband, step dad, and dad, anyone could ever have!  We all loved Mike!

  • Ken & Shirley Bierman

    on 03/18/19

    So sorry for your loss Chris and family.

  • Gary Barnes (Barney)

    on 03/19/19

    I am honored and blessed to have known Mike. He was truly an inspiration and I will miss him. My condolences.

  • Joshua Grundall and Family

    on 03/19/19

    Chris and Family,


      It was probably one of the sadest emails that I have ever received to hear of Mike's passing. His attitude and demeanor through an incredibly challenging circumstance was inspirational and astonishing. As I have gotten older, I have found how hard it is to meet truly selfless people - Mike embodied what it meant to be selfless.  One of the most genuine, intellegent, and kindest people I have ever known; he will be truly missed.  It was a privelege and an honor to be in his prescence, and to be a colleague and friend.  You are in my family's thoughts and prayers.

  • Kathleen Leffler

    on 03/19/19

    So sorry Chris for the loss of your wonderful husband. Sending love and prayers to you and the entire family. 

  • Alyssa F

    on 03/19/19

    Thinking of you, Chris..and your beautiful family. Mike is one of the strongest men I've ever known. He had a wonderful attitude every time I saw him. I'm happy to have met him and happy to be your friend, Chris. <3 

  • Penny ( Proud ) Wagoner

    on 03/19/19

    I knew Mike from school ( also a 1981 graduate ) and from growing up in South Clinton. Very nice to all who knew him. So young to be gone so soon. You and your family are in my prayers..

  • Angela Meyers (Fiedler)

    on 03/19/19

    To Dave and Pauline and family,

    So sorry for your loss, My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    RIP Mike, 


  • Tom and Jeni Van Buer

    on 03/19/19

    We're so sorry. Thinking of all of you. May your amazing memories hold you in comfort at this time.
  • Cal and Jan Cramer

    on 03/20/19

    Sincere sympathy to the entire family. May the fond memories help as the days go by. 


  • Dee Anna & Ernie Fiedler

    on 03/20/19

    To the Herch family: So sorry to hear of Mikes passing He was a a very special person May he RIP in Gods arms . He was A gentle man and will be missed by all who knew him Our prayers are with you all Dee Anna and Ernie Fiedler

  • John and Janice Wiese

    on 03/21/19

    Chris, you and your family have our deepest sympathy and we were very saddened to hear about Mike. He was such a great man and put put up such a long and brave fight against a terrible illness. You someday will be reunited with him in God's heavenly kingdom.❤️

  • Boni Hugunin

    on 03/22/19

    Sending condolences to Gary and all of his family.  Prayers of comfort and peace.

  • Colleen Meggers

    on 03/23/19

    So sorry for loss. May all the wonderful memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. God bless you. Mark & Colleen Meggers

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