Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Fr. Ken Herr

Father Herr was born in Warrick County on
Jan. 13, 1941, to the late Herbert and Leona (Welte) Herr. He attended St.
Meinrad College in St. Meinrad and Collegium Canisianum Seminary and University
in Innsbruck, Austria. He was ordained to the priesthood on March 2, 1968, by
Bishop Paul Rusch of Innsbruck, Austria, and celebrated his 50th
jubilee as a priest this year.



His priestly assignments included
Associate, St. Joseph Parish, Evansville, 1968, with additional duties as a
teacher at Reitz Memorial High School, 1969; Associate, St. Agnes Parish,
Evansville, and teacher, Rex Mundi High School, Evansville, 1970; Associate,
St. Wendel Parish, St. Wendel, and teacher, Mater Dei High School, Evansville,
1973; full-time teacher, Mater Dei High School, with weekend pastoral service
at St. Matthew Parish, Mount Vernon, and St. Philip Parish, Posey County, 1975;
Administrator St. Rupert Parish, Red Brush, while continuing full-time teaching
at Mater Dei, 1976; Pastor, Good Shepherd Parish, Evansville, 1983; full-time
teacher and chaplain, Reitz Memorial High School, 1983; Sacramental Minister,
St. John the Apostle Parish, Evansville, while continuing as chaplain at Reitz
Memorial, 1996; service to St. John the Apostle concludes, continue as chaplain
of Reitz Memorial, 1999; Pastor, St. Boniface Parish, Evansville, continue as
chaplain of Reitz Memorial, 2004; service to Reitz Memorial concludes, continue
as Pastor of St. Boniface, 2008; retired from full-time pastoral ministry,
2014; Administrator Pro Tempore, St. Mary Parish, Sullivan and St. Joan of Arc
Parish, Jasonville, 2015; service to St. Mary and St. Joan of Arc concludes,
2016.



Father Herr’s other responsibilities
included service as Assistant Commissioner, Youth Affairs Commission, 1970;
Diocesan Chaplain of Boy Scouts, 1972; Priests’ Senate, 1979; and Diocesan
Consultor, 1979. He was also very active in the Cursillo movement in the
diocese.



Father Herr loved nature; fishing, hunting,
spending time at Lake Barkley with his family and friends and snow skiing in
his younger years. He also enjoyed playing the guitar and teaching others to
play as well.



Survivors include three sisters: Bernice
Tieken of Fishers, Ind., Benedictine Sister Donna Marie Herr of Evansville, and
Donna (Leo) Anslinger of Haubstadt; one brother, Ray (Jane) Herr of St. Wendel;
five nieces: Carole (Bill) Sehnert, Debbie (Scott) Stiffler, Janelle (Clint)
Weatherholt, Tina (Brent) Lamey and Amanda (Mitch) Happe; three nephews: Todd
(Michelle) Anslinger, Chris (Amy) Herr and Ryan (Becca) Anslinger; and 25
great-nieces and great-nephews.



In addition to his parents, Father Herr was
preceded in death by a brother-in-law, David Tieken.