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Herman Joseph Berkemeyer
(January 24, 1923 - October 27, 2013)

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Herman Joseph Berkemeyer

U.S. Veteran

Herman Joseph Berkemeyer, age 90, of Lake Village, Arkansas passed away Sunday , October 27, 2013. He was born on January 24, 1923 in Atkins, Arkansas, a son of Clemens Adolph Berkemeyer and Mary Elizabeth Wiedower Berkemeyer. Herman grew up in St. Vincent, Arkansas where he farmed with his family. He later joined the U.S. Navy. After returning from World War II, Herman began farming in Ashley County and moved to Lake Village where he farmed and raised his family. His family includes his wife of 64 years, Bernice Sponer Berkemeyer; one son, Ronnie Berkemeyer and wife Linda of Lake Village and a daughter, Janice Berkemeyer Cummings and husband Johnny of Atkins, Arkansas. Herman had four grandchildren and two great granddaughters whom he dearly loved; Anna Berkemeyer Dunigan Martar and husband Jason, Elliott Berkemeyer and Wife Kelsey, Bryce Berkemeyer, Brent Berkemeyer, Gracie Dunigan and Adlee Dunigan. He is also survived by one brother, Ray Berkemeyer of Morrilton and seven sisters, Marie Beck of Conway, Louise Sponer of St. Vincent, Rita Rehm, Helen Ward and Marilyn Riedmuellar and husband Buddy all of Oppelo, Paula Patton of North Little Rock and Pat Stout and husband Ed of Morrilton. In addition to his parents Clemens and Mary, he was preceded in death by Bernard and John Henry Berkemeyer, Sisters Herman Joseph and Anita. He lived a wonderful and full life. He was very active in his Church, community and state. He was an avid golfer and loved to play tennis. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. Herman had a great love for the land and natural resources. He was appointed to the Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission in 1981 by Governor Bill Clinton and served two terms. He served as Chairman in 1984 and 1998. Herman received the Outstanding Conservation District Director Award for his work in Chicot County and throughout the state. He served his local district since 1960. He was also a representative on the Southeast region of the Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D). In 1992 Bill Clinton awarded Herman a Certificate of Recognition as an outstanding Citizen of the State of Arkansas. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for Southeast Farmers Association and Federal Land Bank. He was one of the Founders of the First State Bank of Lake Village which was later acquired by Simmons First Bank. He then served on the board of Directors. He also helped start the Lake Village Country Club. It was there that he spent many hours with his golfing buddies, took up tennis and played well into his eighties and danced for decades. He enjoyed a full and happy life. He loved his family and told everyone what a wonderful family he had. Pallbearers: Donnie Clark, Jaime Mondragon, Oscar Mondragon, Alexander Vargas, Carl Hayes and Aaron Thompson. Honorary Pallbearer: Kathy Clark . Visitation will be held on Monday, October 28, 2013 at Bishop Funeral Home in Lake Village from 5:00 PM till 7:00 PM. Rosary will begin at 7:00PM. The Funeral will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 29 at 1:30 PM. Burial will be in Holy Innocents Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, P.O. Box 272, Lake Village, Arkansas 71653 or Chicot Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Lake Village, Arkansas 71653.

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