Ed Henrich

Ed Henrich, 88, of Newell, passed away Monday morning, Nov. 13, 2017, surrounded by his family, during his favorite season of the year — harvest.

Edwin Charles Henrich was born Aug. 21, 1929, on the family farm south of Newell. He was welcomed by sister Bernice and parents Elwood and Zelia (McKeen) Henrich. Ed graduated from Newell High School in 1948, where he was a four-year letter winner in both basketball and baseball. He was one of the leaders of the Newell team that advanced to state baseball tournaments in 1948. In 1948, Ed was invited to try out for the New York Yankees. He attended Morningside College to play baseball and basketball. Ed then joined his father on the family farm and enjoyed all aspects of farming until his retirement.

Ed and Marilyn Henrich were married on Sept. 21, 1949, at Sacred Heart Church in Early. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sac City. Ed played town team baseball for several years. Later he became an excellent bowler — at one time he held a 229 average. He also enjoyed golf, and watching all sports, especially when his children and grandchildren were playing. Everyone knew of and enjoyed his quiet, dry sense of humor. Ed was proud to be a lifelong resident of Newell. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ed is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Westcott); sister Bernice (Bris) Skiles of Billings, Mont.; brother-in-law Jerry (Pat) Westcott;  sisters-in-law, Teresa and Frances Westcott; sons: Tom Henrich of Storm Lake;  Mike Henrich of Newell; and James (Stacy) Henrich of State Center; daughters: Sally Henrich of Omaha, Neb.; Cindy (Alan) Gibson of St. Louis Park, Minn.; and Sara Eben of Greeley, Colo.; grandchildren: Chris (Meghann) Henrich, Heather (Phil) Smith, Tracey (Mike) Fogarty, Jace (Mandy) Henrich, Carlie (Chris) Weidner, Cheyenne Henrich, Steven (Sarah) Seehusen, Payton (Steven) Fox, Ben Henrich, Reilly Henrich and Chance Eben. He also leaves behind great-grandchildren: Quinn and Decker Smith, Novalyn Fogarty, Hannah Henrich, Isla Weidner and Andrew, Gabriel and Lydia Seehusen.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter Susan Eakins; son-in-law Max Eakins; daughter-in-law Barbara (Bach) Henrich; brothers-in-law, Richard and Robert Westcott.

A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sac City. Burial will take place at the Newell Cemetery at a later date. Farber & Otteman Funeral Home of Sac City is in charge of arrangements.