GEORGE PAUL HERONIMUS, age 90, of Ellsworth, died Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at the Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington. He was born September 13, 1932, on a farm in Hanson County, SD, to Paul and Jennie (Buss) Heronimus. He was the third oldest of five children. George was baptized at the Presbyterian Church in Emery, SD and later confirmed at the Ebenezer State Line Presbyterian Church near Ellsworth. In 1934, the Heronimus family moved to Rock County, MN.
George attended School District #1 Rock County through the eighth grade and completed his education at Luverne High School in 1950. After graduation, he worked on the family farm and also for neighboring farmers. George entered the United States Army on February 15, 1953. He spent two years in the Armed Services during the Korean Conflict. He served his country until his discharge on February 7, 1955. In the summer of 1952, he went to a Sunday School Convention in Emery, SD and met Phyllis Martin.
George and Phyllis married on February 22, 1955, at the Bethel Presbyterian Church in Reading. They were united in marriage by Phyllis’s uncle, Rev. Wiert Eekhoff. The couple were blessed with three children, Paul, Pam & Patty. For the next sixty eight years, George & Phyllis walked hand-in-hand through Life.
Following their marriage, they farmed near Ellsworth. In 1964, they purchased their first farm in Rock County. George’s whole life centered around the farm and he truly enjoyed all aspects of his dairy, swine and grain farm. He enjoyed the challenge of building, welding and fixing equipment. After his retirement, George continued to help his son, Paul with farm work and enjoyed working alongside his grandsons, Nick, Kyle and Brett. George was on the Kanaranzi Township Board and Land-O-Lakes Dairy Board. His favorite times were spent watching his children participate in church, school and 4-H activities. He always enjoyed the Rock County Fair, watching his children exhibit and show livestock.
George and Phyllis’s lives were dedicated to their family, including their eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He built each family a playground set and his granddaughter a playhouse. There was not a baptism, confirmation, birthday, graduation or wedding that they did not attend. They went to countless ball games, tennis matches, concerts, county fairs and more, all to celebrate their grandchildren. They especially enjoyed when their grandchildren came to visit.
In 1980, they bought a motorhome and for thirty three years, they camped their way across America, traveling to all fifty states and all Provinces of Canada. They also traveled to Europe. They wintered in AZ and TX. They enjoyed playing cards, games and visiting with their “snowbird” friends. In 2013, they sold their last motorhome and bought a trailer in Winter Ranch, Alamo, TX.
He was a member of the Ebenezer State Line Presbyterian Church, until it closed and then became a member of the Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth. He served as Elder, Deacon, Trustee and sang in the choir and rarely missed a Sunday service.
In 2022, George & Phyllis moved to the Oaks apartments in Luverne and later to the Meadows apartments in Worthington where they currently reside.
George is survived by his wife, Phyllis Heronimus, Worthington; son, Paul (Lisa) Heronimus, Ellsworth; two daughters, Pam (Mike) Hansen, Tyler; and Patty (Eric) Lindner, Worthington; eight grandchildren, Nick (Hollie) Heronimus, Kyle (Anna) Heronimus, Brett (Mikayla) Heronimus, Jarod (Heidi) Hansen, Bridget (Rob) Marks, Dan (Hannah) Hansen, Carter (Maddi) Lindner and Cade Lindner; ten great-grandchildren, George, Will & Gibson Heronimus, James & Annika Heronimus, Jake, Kyle & Troy Hansen, Emily & Riley Marks; a brother, John (Sheryl) Heronimus, Luverne; and two sisters, Beverly Aggen, Worthington; and Janice (Dale) Eads, Luverne.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Lawrence & Tillie Moerke; and a brother-in-law, Harry Aggen.
Visitation will be from 9-11 am Saturday, June 10, at the Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth. Funeral service will be 11 am Saturday at the Zion Presbyterian Church, in Ellsworth, officiated by Pastor Randall Knuth. Burial with full military honors provided by the Ellsworth American Legion, will be in the Grand Prairie Cemetery in Ellsworth.
Dingmann Funeral Home, in Adrian, is in charge of arrangements.