Pomeroy Washington Downtown National Historic District
John Peter Herres, a Pomeroy area farmer, died Friday at Garfield County Memorial Hospital here of a lung disorder. He was 73.
He was born July 23, 1916, to Michael Peter and Mary M. Kucklick Herres at Peola.
He attended Mount Angel Seminary High School until 1932 when he returned to Pomeroy where he graduated in 1934.
After graduation, he began working in the trucking business on the family farm with his brother, Leonard Herres.
In 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps where he served until the following year.
On Nov. 11, 1944, he married Dorothy J. Malone at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. The couple settled on the family ranch five miles west of Pomeroy. She preceded him in death.
He enjoyed fishing, farming and woodworking. He was a babysitter for many area children who called him "Papa John," and he enjoyed making wooden toys for the children he cared for.
He was a communicant of Holy Rosary Catholic Church at Pomeroy, a Third and Fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Garfield County Cattlemen's Association and the Pleasant Valley Grange at Pomeroy.
Survivors include two sons, John Peter Herres of Vancouver, Wash., and Frederic C. Herres of Pomeroy; a daughter, Joan Kay Herres of Pomeroy; eight brothers, Mike Herres, Hubert Herres and Joe Herres, all of Walla Walla; Leonard Herres, Herman Herres, Ferd Herres, Jim Herres and Richard Herres, all of Pomeroy; a sister, Sister Mary Ann of Toppenish, Wash.; and six grandchildren.
A Rosary was recited at at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with a funeral Mass celebrated the next day. The Rev. C.A. Verdoorn officiate.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the Memory Manor Roof Fund in care of Muriel Bott of Pomeroy.