Richard L. Herschede
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Richard L.
Herschede Jr.
1941 - 2023
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Obituary for Richard L. Herschede Jr.

Richard L.  Herschede Jr.
Richard L. Herschede, 82, of Starkville, Miss., passed away on September 25, 2023 after a short battle with cancer.

Richard was born on January 1, 1941 to Elizabeth S. and Richard L. Herschede, Sr. in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from St. Xavier High School in 1959, he went on to study accounting at Mississippi State University earning a BS in 1963; followed by a Program of Management Development at Harvard Business School in 1972. Richard also served in the U. S. Army Reserves from 1963 - 1971.
After graduation, Richard began his career as the office manager for Herschede Hall Clock Company. Twenty-five years later, he retired in 1986 as president of Arnold Industries. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association.

In 1965, Richard met Rose Marie Speetjens, and they wed in 1966, going on to have 3 children, Christine Herschede Johnston of Senatobia, MS, Richard L. Herschede, III (Tanya) of Godley, TX, and Matthew Alan Herschede (Allison) of Athens, AL.

Richard was predeceased by his mother, Betty and his father, Dick. Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ree, three children Chris, Trey, and Matt, seven grandchildren , Drew Johnston (Elizabeth) of Starkville, MS, Parker Herschede of Garland, TX, Pierce Herschede of San Marcos,TX, Peyton Herschede of Godley, TX, Diana Herschede of Huntsville, AL, Aiden Herschede of Athens, AL, and Adrian Herschede of Athens, AL, and 3 great-grandchildren, Camille, Luke, and Jack Johnston. His siblings, Mary Kay Collins (Tom) of Pensacola, FL, Barb Setaro (Danny) of Starkville, MS, Bill Herschede (Jane) of LaPlace, LA, Jan Whitlock (Charlie) of Elizabethtown KY, Sally Cadwallader (Rob) of Byhalia, and Ginny Ray (Aubrey) of Kindallville, IN and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Richard’s favorite charities, St. Jude and St. Joseph Church’s Food Pantry or a charity of your choice.

Visitation will be held at 1:00 pm October 3, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 2:00 pm October 3, 2023 with interment in the columbarium with a reception to follow.
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