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Richard A. Herholz

July 13, 1946 ~ July 6, 2019 (age 72)

Richard A. Herholz, 72, of Washington, passed away at his home on Saturday, July 6, 2019. Richard was born on July 13, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois to Lottie (nee Krohn) and the late Egon Herholz. He attended Culver-Stockton College in north-eastern Missouri to complete his bachelor’s degree and continued his education at Northeastern Missouri State, completing his master’s degree. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict and was awarded the Purple Heart. Richard had a deep love of history and found purpose and joy in sharing it with his students at Washington High School for many years. He was also a long-time member of the Washington Lion’s Club and delivered Meals on Wheels in the Washington area for over thirty years. Richard was an enthusiastic fan of the St. Louis Blues, was delighted when he was gifted a brick at the Enterprise Center and was overjoyed to watch them win the Stanley Cup earlier this year.


A service will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at 4 pm at Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home, 1206 Jefferson St., Washington, Missouri. A visitation will follow until 6:30 pm. Interment will be private. Memorial donations are appreciated to the Washington Lion’s Club or the American Parkinson Disease Association.


Richard is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Nancy Herholz (nee Dunker) of Washington; his mother, Lottie Wosik of Washington; two children, David Herholz and wife Quinci of St. Louis and Sarah Wolfmeyer and husband Jeremy of Wentzville; six grandchildren, Colin, Isaac, Levi, Piper, Ellia, and Julian; one half-sister, Kathy Herholz; two adopted brothers, Bill and Bob Herholz; Helga Geicht, who was like a second mom to Richard; three siblings-in-law, Greg Dunker and wife Penny, Sandy Stewart and husband C.W., and David Dunker; friend and care-giver, Linda Carr; other relatives, and friends.


He was preceded in death by his father and step-father, Norman Wosik.

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