Leonard Herringa

Date of Death: Feb 03, 2017
Leonard Herringa

1926 - 2017

Leonard Herringa, 90, of Waupun, died Friday, February 3, 2017 at his home.

Leonard was born April 26, 1926 in Friesland, WI the son of Samuel and Jenny Fisher Heeringa. In 1944 he married Nellie Dejager. Nellie passed away in 1955. On June 21, 1956 Leonard married Phyllis Abel Westra in Weyauwega. Following their marriage the couple resided in Waupun most of their married lives. Leonard served our country with the U.S. Army in WWII from 1944-1946 in the Philippines, Okinawa, and The Japan Occupancy. Upon returning from the states he served in the National Guard. Leonard was employed by the State of Wisconsin as a prison guard for 30 years. He was a member of Waupun United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and of course, time with his family.

Leonard is survived by three sons: Leonard (Cynthia) Herringa of Maryland, Sam Herringa of Beaver Dam, and Dan (Jody) Herringa of Waupun; three daughters: Debra (Eugene) Uttech of Rhinelander, Mary Lackey of Waupun, and Sherry Harteau of Waupun; 22 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a very special friend, Gloria Martin.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Phyllis, in 1992; three sons: Edward, Phillip, and Terry; a son-in-law, Raymond Lackey; a daughter-in-law, Mary Herringa; an infant son; a brother; and three sisters.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Thursday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Leonard Herringa will be held Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 12 noon at Waupun United Methodist Church in Waupun with Rev. Paul Yoder officiating. American Legion Post 210 of Waupun will provide military honors.



  1. Wendy DeMotts Says: February 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    We wanted to send our condolences to the family. We enjoyed working with Leonard and enjoyed his sense of humor. He will be missed at the retirees breakfast.
    Much sympathy.

    Wendy DeMotts and Rod Mocco.

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