Dale “Sonny” John Herding age 71 of Westbrook passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Westbrook Good Samaritan after a year-long battle with cancer. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 5 at the Westbrook Funeral Home. Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Westbrook Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services on Thursday. Interment is in the Highland Home Cemetery. Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dale “Sonny” John Herding was born February 16, 1942 in Slayton, MN to William and Bena (Aeilts) Herding. He was baptized and confirmed at Hadley Lutheran Church. Sonny attended country school near Hadley and later attended school in Slayton. He entered the US Army and served in Vietnam. He received his honorable discharge in 1969. Following his military service, Sonny worked in the Twin Cities for two years. He then farmed with his brother for a few years. In his earlier years, he enjoyed horses. Sonny loved spending time in his Peterbilt trucks hauling cattle out west, to and from Montana. Truck stops were his home away from home. Sonny was a member of the Storden Legion, and collected John Deere tractors which he enjoyed rebuilding and restoring. He loved buying used pickup trucks and souping them up with loud pipes and big tires. Sonny loved the Vikings and Twins, and reading western books, especially those by Louis L’Amour.
Sonny is survived by his siblings: Joyce (Richard) Johnson of Hadley, Marlys Hrmatko of Worthington, Joan (Phil) Peterson of Northfield, and Butch Herding of Hadley; and several nieces and nephews who were very special to him. He is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Eugene, Dennis, and Curt.