Nyles Herman

Nyles E. Herman, 90, of Waukon died Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at his home in Waukon, surrounded by his family. Due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, private family funeral services were held Monday, June 29 at Zalmona Presbyterian Church in rural Waukon with Pastor Tim Rupert and Pastor Tom Buresh officiating. The family may have a celebration of life at a later date. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, condolences can be sent to Ruby Herman at 603 Third Avenue SE, Waukon, IA, 52172. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon handled arrangements.

Nyles Elmer Herman was born April 7, 1930 in Waukon, the son of Elmer and Mary (Grotegut) Herman. He was baptized and confirmed at Zalmona Presbyterian Church in rural Waukon. Nyles attended Helming Country School in Union Prairie Township in rural Waukon and graduated from Waukon High School in 1948.

June 1, 1952, he married Ruby Beardmore at Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church in rural New Albin. They farmed together in Union Prairie Township, where they raised livestock and crops. They also owned and operated the Waukon Feed Ranch, a grain elevator, where they sold chemicals, fertilizer, farm supplies and Purina feed. They retired and moved into Waukon in 1989. Nyles continued to go to the farm and help his sons.

Nyles was a member of Zalmona Presbyterian Church, where he served as a former deacon and trustee. Nyles loved farming, spending time with his family, and attending his grandchildren’s activities. He also enjoyed fishing, duck hunting, riding his motorcycle with Ruby around the countryside, and taking several trips to Sturgis, SD.

Nyles and Ruby loved to travel throughout the United States along with trips to Germany, Alaska and Monaco, Europe. They wintered in Texas for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby, of Waukon; his children: Brad (Judy) Herman of Waukon, Kim (Ron) Winters of Waterville, and Brent Herman and Brian (Michelle) Herman, both of Waukon; a daughter-in-law, Pam Herman of Lansing; 11 grandchildren: Natalie (Bret) Rasmussen, Chad (Sara) Winters, Angela (Judd) Larson, Kristyna (Devin Kass) Herman, Justyn (Gabrielle Cowie) Herman, Vannessa (Justin Breese) Herman, Felicia (Clinton) Lickteig, Travis Herman, Breanne (Travis) Bernau, Trevor (Kylie) Herman and Alexa (Kramer) Dixon; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Jan Esch of Strawberry Point; and two sisters-in-law, Mae Gustin of Blair, NE and Jane (Leon) Schoh of Waukon.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ruben (Helen) Herman; two sisters, Marian (Hanley) Jenkins and Vernell Esch; a sister-in-law, Helen (Delton) Mohwinkle; and two brothers-in-law, Glen (Rae) Beardmore and Willard Gustin.

Honorary casketbearers were Nyles’ caregivers. Casketbearers were Travis, Trevor and Justyn Herman, Chad Winters, Clint Lickteig, Bret Rasmussen, Travis Bernau, Kramer Dixon and Judd Larson.

Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.

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