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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
John Rudolph Herr
November 25, 1939 - September 30, 2022

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA
Residence: Williston, North Dakota
Age: 82



On September 30th, 2022 John Rudolph Herr, Jr transitioned from this world to his heavenly home peacefully in his sleep. His wife of 57 years, Roberta Herr and daughter Joanne were by his side. John was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer on June 22, 2022.

John was born on November 25th, 1939 in Philadelphia, PA to John Rudolph Herr and Esther (Hart) Herr. When John was 9 months old his parents and older sister, Helen moved to York, PA. Two brothers, David and Stephen joined the family later. After graduating from York H. S. he attended Juniata College, graduating in 1961. He then went to George Washington Medical School, graduating in 1965.

In his senior year of Medical school he met a senior student nurse, Roberta Landis who became the love of his life. They married September 4th, 1965 after they had both graduated. September 5th they moved to Salt Lake City where John was doing his one year internship. Since this was during the Viet Nam era, he signed up for the U.S.P.H. for his military duty where he was assigned to the U.S.C.C. During his two years he served as a Lieutenant and general duty medical officer. Six months of that time he was on sea duty where the Coast Guard served the LORAN stations. (Long Range Navigational) The LORAN stations were the precursors to the GPS.

Following his two year military service he went to Pittsburgh Eye & Ear Hospital for his training in Ophthalmology. Then he was faced with the big decision of where to practice Ophthalmology. During their earlier time in Salt Lake City both John and Roberta developed a love for the wide open spaces. John, Roberta and their 3rd child, six week old daughter, Jodi took a 3 day trip to the west to look at available places to serve as an Ophthalmologist. That trip involved a 24 hr. visit to Williston. In addition to being able to open his own clinic and going to a place in need of an Ophthalmologist, John was drawn by the potential of developing his desire to do some hunting. Roberta, on the other hand was drawn to the wide open spaces, realizing they could have a 4th child and not be criticized. This was during the era of Zero Population Growth and not having more than 2 children. Since they already had 3 children they would have the freedom to have a 4th child. Jonathan joined an older sister, Kathleen, a brother, Kevin and sister Joanne (Jodi) to complete the family.

Williston Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic opened September 17th, 1971 along with Dr. Stephen Cheng who was an ENT specialist. The clinic was in the basement of the old Mercy Hospital on Washington Ave, Williston. Mercy had remodeled so the patient rooms were the exam rooms and the hallway was the waiting room. Several years later they were able to build their own clinic beside the newly completed Mercy hospital. At this time Optometrists, Dr. Postovit, Dr. Meyers and Dr. Williams joined the clinic as Dr. Herr’s surgical practice had gotten so busy he no longer had time to do refractions. By this time Dr. Cheng had returned to Taiwan so the clinic name was changed to Williston Basin Eye Clinic. In 1997 the ophthalmology clinic was bought by Trinity Health in Minot, changing the name to Trinity Regional Eyecare-Western Dakota. Dr. Herr retired in 1999.

John had gotten involved in big game hunting after Dr. Olson joined the clinic. He developed a real passion including hunting safaris to Zimbabwe, Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska. During his retirement years he also began raising day old pheasant chicks to be released on friend’s farms at 6-8 weeks.

Dr. Herr was a charter member of Liberty Evangelical Free Church and served as Elder for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Roberta; 4 children, Kathleen (Chuck) Molinari, Kevin Herr, Joanne (Jodi) (Kevin) Penner, Jonathan (Shannon) Herr; ten grandchildren, Joshua and David Molinari, Logan and Katarina Herr, Miranda, Larissa Adande, Stephen and Ryker Penner, Megan (Daman) Thompson, John (Breanna) Herr; 8 great-grandchildren with one due in November; sister, Helen (Leonard) Stoner; brother, David (Judy) Herr.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Esther Herr; younger brother, Stephen Herr.

Memorial Contribution
In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Williston Trinity Christian School or Liberty Church Missions.

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Jim and Mary Olson (Powers Lake, ND)
Oct 3, 2022
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. John was a wonderful and kind man to have as a friend and a work partner.
Kathy Harger
Oct 3, 2022
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Ken and Kay Penn (Piedmont, SD)
Oct 3, 2022
Praying comfort and peace to all of you. Dr. Herr was ‘one of the best’! Heaven is rejoicing.
Wanda Barkie Benson (Williston , Nd)
Oct 3, 2022
My thoughts are with you all. John was a wonderful person. He will be missed by many. May God grant you each peace in the days ahead.
Les Johnson (West Fargo, ND)
Oct 3, 2022
My deepest sympathies go out to the Dr. Herr family. May you find comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Sheila Anderson (Gulfport, Mississippi)
Oct 3, 2022
Sending prayers for comfort to get you all through the coming days. I worked in the Optical Dept when he was practicing. He was an excellent and caring Dr who was loved by his patients. Embrace the memories and they will sustain you. RIP Dr Herr.
Cheryl Bjella (Williston , ND)
Oct 3, 2022
He was a great caring man. It was a pleasure to work with him for 12 years, until he retired. He taught me a lot, but mostly how to love my job and care for our patients. Such a great honor! Heaven has gained a wonderful angel! Until we meet again.
Kevin Herr (Maple Grove, MN)
Oct 3, 2022
I love and miss you, Dad!!!
phyllis stokke (Williston, ND)
Oct 3, 2022
I worked many years at Mercy with Dr. Herr. His patents were usually on Surgical B wing. Back then you could stay in the hospital for a few days so we spent alot of time with eye drops and exams! He was always precise and through and his patients did well.He was a great Dr. and nice man. treated the nurses well also!!!!
David and Carmen Skurdal (Raleigh, NC )
Oct 3, 2022
Our deepest sympathies are with you Bert and your family. What a wonderful gentleman who did such good and wonderful things with his life. We send our prayers and big hugs.
Larry Lynne (Williston, ND)
Oct 3, 2022
I’ve always had the highest regard for Dr Herr since he diagnosed my pituitary tumor 43 years ago. As a result I had surgery and radiation and have had no more problems. He was a kind and gentle doctor who helped countless patients. My deepest sympathy to his family. The Williston community has lost a great man.
Wayne Anderson (Williston)
Oct 4, 2022
Roberta and Family:
John was always a consummate gentleman. Very thoughtful in his comments at our medical staff meetings. It was a pleasure to practice with him in Williston. Our family sends sympathies and prayers to your family.
Steve and Linda Aafedt (Lynden, Washington )
Oct 4, 2022
Our sincere sympathies in John's passing and prayers for God's peace and comfort as you journey through grief. May your faith in Jesus and his finished work on the cross sustain you.
Steve and Linda Aafedt (Betsy Tengesdal's parents)
LaDonna Ackerman Pfeiffer (Grand Rapids, mn)
Oct 4, 2022
May God continue to comfort you and all the family.
Mark Kueffler & Family
Oct 4, 2022
My deepest & most sincere condolences the family. As a very young boy Dr. Herr gave me hope, believed in me, and guided me though much of my life with low vision. A great man! Thank you for everything Dr. Herr! May God Bless all of you and bring comfort to during this time.
Amber Haugenoe (Crosby, ND)
Oct 5, 2022
I enjoyed working for Dr. Herr at the eye clinic for a couple of years shortly before his retirement. I remember him being a kind man. My sympathies to Roberta and the family.
Mary Chartier (Cloquet, Minnesota)
Oct 5, 2022
Dear Roberta and Family, I am sorry to hear of John's passing. Jim and I much enjoyed his company and beautiful dinners at your home. Condolences and prayers. Sincerely Mary Chartier Conant.
Joanne M. Dickinson (Kalispell, MT)
Oct 6, 2022
Such a kind and giving man. I have such sweet memories of him pulling Geoffrey onto his lap after he did all the eye tests...so many times! She did not like many people as a baby so that says something about John! Much later, he is the only one that noticed I had a flat tire in the church parking lot and changed it for me. He loved talking about those pheasants!
I'm so grateful for knowing him and Bert!!!
Bob Fale (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin )
Oct 6, 2022
Ann and I share our sincere condolences to the Herr family. I worked with John while I was affiliated with Mercy between 1984-1990. Most of my experience with him was while I was CEO, during which time I got to know John as a very good and respected clinician, and he took a keen interest in my interest in hunting. May he Rest In Peace. Bob and Ann Fale
Loren and Linda Vallevik (Williston , ND)
Oct 7, 2022
Wonderful man with a big sharing heart!!! Will miss seeing him at pheasant hunting.
Wayne Anderson (Williston)
Oct 8, 2022
Roberta and Family:
John was always a consummate gentleman. Very thoughtful in his comments at our medical staff meetings. It was a pleasure to practice with him in Williston. Our family sends sympathies and prayers to your family.
Roxy Brose Forst (Parker, CO)
Oct 8, 2022
I was proud and privileged to be part of Dr. Herr's staff in the 1970's. His patients and staff always came first. He was a kind and humble man.
With deepest sympathies at this time of loss.
Tami Gerrity
Oct 8, 2022
Very fond Memories of staying at the Herr house as a kid. Was such a kind man and I always enjoyed my time spent with Jody and her family. Hugs and prayers.
Loren and Linda Vallevik (Williston , ND)
Oct 9, 2022
Wonderful man with a big sharing heart!!! Will miss seeing him at pheasant hunting.
Norma Vennes (Saint Michael, Minnesota)
Oct 9, 2022
Bert, Jodi, Kathy, Kevin, & Jonathan, I send sincere sympathy to you and pray the memories of your Husband and Dad will give you comfort in the days ahead. You are truly blessed to have wonderful memories of him.
Evelyn Le Clair (Parshall, ND 58770)
Oct 16, 2022
Dear Roberta and family, My condolences to you and your family.
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