Henry Arthur ‘Hank’ Herdeman
Henry Arthur "Hank" Herdeman passed into eternal peace with his family at his side Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, after battling fiercely with cancer for the last few months. He was the son of Henry Barnard Herdeman and Caroline Christine Herdeman (nee Spranger).
He is survived by his wife, Sheila J. (nee Raab); sons, Eugene (Claire) and Dave; and daughter, Susan (the late Al) Shivy. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Benjamin, Megan, Erin and Jennifer; great-grandchild, Samantha; his stepchildren, Shawneen (Mike) and David Raab; stepgrandchildren, Natalie and Mitchel Lozeau; and many close friends of all ages.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; and his loyal companion, "Boss."
Hank was born in West Allis and moved to New Berlin, where his father built a house that was eventually a home to four generations of his family. Hank attended Shady Nook Elementary School in New Berlin and graduated from West Allis Central High School, where he excelled in football and track. He worked at Allis Chalmers, where he received a machinist apprenticeship and journeyman’s card, eventually leaving to start his own business in 1965. His son, Eugene, joined him in the business in 1983, and worked with him side by side for more than 25 years. Between the outdoors and his business, Hank’s relentless work ethic, stamina and tenacity were well-known and recognized. He passed on and shared his passion of the outdoors with his children and grandchildren. His favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing, and always maintained that it was less meaningful and enjoyable if his family was not there to experience it with him. Having been afflicted with the polio virus just after graduating from high school and being affected by it his entire life, Hank was a very proud and significant supporter of worldwide polio eradication efforts by the Rotary Foundation.
Hank was a longtime supporter of the Wisconsin 4-H, both at local and state levels. He was instrumental in helping fund the start up of the K-9 police dog unit in Waushara County, where the family shares their hunting cabin. Throughout his years in business in Cudahy, he was actively involved in the Cudahy Chamber of Commerce, served on the Trinity Memorial Hospital Community Board, a member of 440th Community Council and served on many other community service organizations over the years. He was never hesitant to offer help or donations to a cause he felt worth supporting. His influence and impact on so many people will be remembered and missed.
A celebration of Hank’s life for family and friends will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at Krause Funeral Home, 12401 W. National Ave., New Berlin.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in Hank’s name.
Krause Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family. For more information, call 786-8009, or send condolences to www.krausefuneralhome.com.