Louis Benjamin Herring



Louis Benjamin Herring, age 83, was called to live with Jesus in the Church Triumphant on June 30, 2019.

His funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 810 W. Talmer Ave., North Judson, IN 46366. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at O’Donnell Funeral Home in North Judson, and for an hour preceding the funeral at St. Peter’s. Burial will follow at St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery in Denham, IN.

A 1959 graduate of Concordia University, River Forest, IL, Mr. Herring served the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod as both principal and teacher in congregations in Ulm, AR, Higginsville, MO, Stuttgart, AR, Ft. Wayne, IN and North Judson, IN where he retired with 40 years of service. In 1976, Louis received a M.S. degree in Education from the University of St. Francis in Ft. Wayne. He began his teaching ministry in a one-room school house and ended his years as both principal and 7/8th grade teacher. His favorite subjects to teach were religion and geography.

During his years of service, Mr. Herring served on the Board of Regents at Concordia University, Seward, NE for 13 years, and also on the Board of Regents at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN for 12 years. Mr. Herring actively served with the Lutheran Layman’s League, Kiwanis Club, led Bible classes, and was a strong proponent of the Lutheran Hour.

After his retirement in 1999, Louis continued to serve in the Indiana District by assisting congregations and serving on the District Board of Christian Education. He loved leading Sunday morning worship services, teaching Bible class, and produced a local radio program called “Sounds of Praise”.

The children of Louis Herring feel blessed to have been born and raised in a family whose focus was centered on Christ. Laughter, music, travel, photography, games, and family devotions were integral parts of the Herring household. The importance of a Christian education and service to others was impressed on the hearts and minds of his children.

Louis Herring was preceded in death by his father John Herring, mother Edna Frieda Heimbecher Herring, brother Elmer Herring, and sister Gertrude Fiehler. His parents died in 1945 and 1944 respectively. Louis Herring was then raised by the family of Bill Koenig, beside his childhood home, near Uniontown, MO.

Louis Herring is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Patricia Kirchoff Herring of Stuttgart, AR; daughter Shirley Cronauer and husband Theo of Avon, IN; daughter Sharon McDonald and husband Michael of Midlothian, TX; son Paul Herring of North Judson, IN; and daughter Sandra Shimono and husband Dustin of Aldie, VA.

He is also survived by five grandchildren: Jacob Cronauer and wife Nicole, Matthew McDonald and fiance’ Tane, Jonathan McDonald, Emily Shimono, and Olivia Shimono. Louis Herring also is survived by a nephew, Pastor Robert Herring and wife Barb, and some nephews and nieces.

Memorials for his years of service in Christian ministry can be made to:

St. Peter Lutheran School
810 W. Talmer Ave.
North Judson, IN 46366

Concordia University
Attn: Advancement Office / Lutheran Teacher Scholarships
800 N. Columbia Ave.
Seward, NE 68434

Concordia Theological Seminary – CTSFW
Attn: Advancement Office / Pastoral Scholarships
6600 N. Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

The Lutheran Hour