Wilbur J. Heronimus

May 24, 2020
Heronimus, Wilber


A private family service will be held


Garden of Memories cemetery in Waterloo with military rites by Iowa Army National Guard


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Wilbur Heronimus, 92 of Waterloo, died Sunday, May 24, 2020 at his home. He was born on August 4, 1927 in Grundy County Iowa. He served his country in the United States Army in the Korean Occupation, following World War II. He served in the 754th Tank Battalion in the Pacific Theater until his honorable discharge.

He married Lorna Helmers on May 29, 1948 in Manson, Iowa.

Wilbur worked for John Deere and Company for 35 years in various departments, retiring from the chrome plating department in 1984.

He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Cedar Falls and Waterloo VFW Post #1623.

Wilbur enjoyed fishing and loved to spend time with his family.

Survivors include: wife Lorna of Waterloo; a son Kenneth (Dorrie) Heronimus of Auburn, NE; two daughters, Margaret Williams of Fergus Falls, MN, and Judy Ann (Steven) Kramer of Hudson, IA; 12 grandchildren, Scott, Troy, Lisa, Joe, Jeff, Jason, Brandy, Julie, Ashley, Crystal, John, and Sheena; and 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Samuel and Maynard; as well as two sisters Esther Meester, and Rosa Mae Heikens.

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  1. Jerry Fuller | May 27, 2020

    I grew up just down the road from the Heronimus home so my first impression of Wilber was as a 10 year old boy. That impression was that Mr. Heronimus was a powerful man with arms like fence posts! I think he was moving houses at the time so I'm sure those arms served him well. I also thought he was someone I did not want to get on the wrong side of. It didn't take long for me to realize Lorna and Wilber were really soft spoken kind people with a nice family and we were fortunate to have them as neighbors and friends. I also remember Wilber paying me a dollar for every gopher I trapped in his ditch. 

    Over the years, whenever I visited Waterloo I tried to pay them a visit. We enjoyed talking to Lorna and Wilber and listening to a "few" stories. Lorna, I can't imagine how much you miss him and hope that the sorrow will, with time, be displaced by the many wonderful memories you and Wilber created together.    

  2. Randy and Georgia Henry | May 27, 2020
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We liked talking to both Wilbur and Lorna at church.
  3. Mike Gorton | May 27, 2020
    I was  sorry to hear of Wilbur's passing. He was a real pillar of the church as well as a true friend. Lorna, my prayers are with you and your family.
  4. Dianne Larsen | May 27, 2020
    Remembering Wilbur sitting in church and his friendly nod as a greeting. Sorry to hear of his passing. I wish that times were different so we could be present for his service. Glad he is getting the military salute he deserves.  Love to all his family,especially Lorna.
  5. Barbara Kuhlman | May 27, 2020

    Lorna, know that my love and support are with you.  My life is richer having known Wilbur.  I will miss him.  Blessings and strenth for you and his family.

  6. James Cole | May 27, 2020
    Lorna, I am sorry to hear of Wilber's passing. I have not seen you in years. We moved to western Iowa 16 yrs. ago. May you have the strength to get through this.
  7. Trinda Dana | May 26, 2020
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to all as you go through this difficult time. Hugs to all. 
  8. Mary Henry | May 26, 2020
    So sorry for your loss. Wilbur was nice to talk to at church. May your memories and stories help you through this. 

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