A Celebration of Life for Robert (Bob) E. Herschell, Sr. age 85, Lawrence, KS will be held from 11am – 2pm on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at Union Pacific Depot located at 402 N. 2nd Street in North Lawrence.
Bob lived at Oakley Place in Rossville, KS since January 2023. He recently had an extended hospital stay. Bob then passed away at Oakley Place in Topeka, KS on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. His step-daughter, Mandy Tinch owns and operates Oakley Places.
Bob was born on June 15, 1938, in Overbrook, KS, the son of Kenneth and Cecil (Ewing) Herschell.
In 1956 he graduated from Baldwin High School in Baldwin City, KS before he joined the Navy later that summer. On the day he returned home in 1959, his dad surprised him with a 1959 Red Chevy Impala that he instantly named “Cherry Pie.” He said it was the perfect car except that it had a V6 not a V8!
Bob not only loved fast cars but motorcycles especially. He rode one for more than 60 years of his life. His son, Robert Jr., began riding with him in 2015; they went on to enjoy many day trips together. Some of his days were spent with his daughter going to Dairy Queen for his weekly ice cream and french fry cravings. He lived life to the fullest and loved spending time with family and friends – especially those periodic visits from his children going through pictures and reminiscing about the good ol’ days. The pictures gave proof that Bob certainly never shied away from having a good time!
Survivors include his spouse of 23 years, Terry Herschell. They met in Lawrence, KS 31 years ago. By this marriage Bob had three adult step-children; Travis Wales, Meredith Mazza and Mandy Tinch. He also had nine step-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include younger sisters; Louise (Bob) Howard and Wanda (Joe) Gaggero; two children, Robert (Terra) and Tammy Herschell, five grandchildren, Michael and Josh Herschell, Dylan Warrington, Mikayla (Cameron) Bruns, Nathan Herschell and one great-grandchild, Ian.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Steve Herschell.
The family suggests memorials in Bob’s name to Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, 601 Indiana St, Lawrence, KS 66044.