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Herman Pfeiffer, 86, of Aberdeen, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 9, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 409 2nd Avenue NE, Aberdeen, with Father Michael Griffin, Father Gregory Tschakert and Deacon Pete Mehlhaff officiating.
Burial, with military rites, will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements.
Friends may sign Herman’s online guestbook and also view his service via the live stream service link at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Visitation will be 6-7 p.m., Sunday, at the mortuary with a liturgical wake service and rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continues one hour prior to Mass at the church on Monday.
Herman Pfeiffer was born on May 11, 1932, to Peter and Theresa (Geffre) Pfeiffer in Aberdeen SD. He attended St. Mary’s Parochial School and graduated from Aberdeen Central High School.
Herman was united in holy matrimony to Janet Koenig on September 6, 1958 at St. Otto’s Catholic Church in Webster, SD. Their union was blessed with eight children.
Herman had many names and wore many hats; his wife knew him as “Lovie”, his kids as “Dad”, “Gramps”, “Grandpa”, and “Great Papa”, and his friends as “Herm”, “Herman” and “Pfeif”. His amazing stories were filled with wisdom and intrigue, told with his wit, humor, and notorious “one-liners”.
Faith, Family, Friends, and Food were the core of his foundation.
Faith: this was the pinnacle of his very essence, having spent his life devoted to his faith, belonging to St. Mary’s Parish in Aberdeen. He was most proud knowing that his children continued to attend mass and practice a faith-filled life. He taught us that material things will fade, but your faith will endure through eternity. John 14:27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid”
Family: always giving kind compliments to his wife, stories of his youth growing up in a large family, his military time in the Army as a veteran of the Korean War, hunting/fishing with his family and friends. With his strong carpentry worn hands, he embraced you with a hug and kiss on the cheek. Mark 10:9 “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate”.
Friends: Herman was a great friend to all, no matter if you knew him for a lifetime or if you just met him, his stories resonated with you and you felt his kinship. From his time as a carpenter, to his retirement from Lust Chevrolet, he was always a friend. Herman was an avid sports enthusiast, following sports from little league with his grandkids to the Major Leagues. Psalm 133:1 “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity”.
Food: he brought us together through his passion for gardening, hunting (with his dog, “Brandy”) and incredible fishing ability. He was the finest chef and always gathered people to come together. He loved making deer sausage, fish and generously giving to others his plentiful bounty. Proverbs 11:25 “A generous person will prosper; who ever refreshes others will be refreshed”.
Blessed to have shared Herman’s life is his wife of almost 60 years, Janet (Koenig) Pfeiffer; his children: Theresa and Jerry Cameron, Susan and Jeff Hanson, Laura and Joseph Stoebner, Bridget Compton, Jane and Joey Wuestewald, William and Donna Pfeiffer, Rebecca and James Carr, and Jennifer and Jean-Marie Thomas; his sister and brother-in-law, Margret and Ed Kristy; his grandchildren: Jessica Cameron, Katie Hoyt, Billy Cameron, Sarah Ferreira, Susan Lancaster, Jonathan Hanson, Matthew Compton, Michael Compton, Emily Compton, Theresa Weisenburger, Andrew Wuestewald, Gretchen Tieszen, Anna Wuestewald, Francisco Wuestewald, Amanda Pfeiffer, Serena Pfeiffer, Melissa Pfeiffer, Brandon Carr, Alexandria Carr, Elizabeth Carr, Samantha Carr, Jean-Anthony Thomas and Gabrielle Thomas; his great- grandchildren: Alexanna Cameron, Arabelle Cameron, Piper Cameron, Kassie Walter, Cameron Walter, William Hoyt, Kayson Cameron, Bronson Cameron, Cecilia Lancaster, Maxwell Weisenburger, Harper Weisenburger, Luke Weisenburger, Noah Wuestewald, Samuel Wuestewald, Asher Tieszen, Lydia Tieszen and Hadley Compton.
Herman is preceded in death by his grandson, Brandon Weiszhaar; his son-in-law, Darrell Weiszhaar; his parents, Peter and Theresa Pfeiffer; and his siblings: Edward Pfeiffer, Leocadia Meyer, Agnes Kane, Bertha Pfeiffer, Cecilia Pfeiffer, Ann Pfeiffer, Albert Pfeiffer and Theresa Lindsey.
Pallbearers for Herman’s service are his sons-in-law: Jerry Cameron, Jeff Hanson, Joseph Stoebner, Jim Carr, and Jean-Marie Thomas, and his grandsons: Matthew Compton and Andrew Wuestewald.
Honorary pallbearers are all of his dear friends.