William F. Herdrich

William F. Herdrich

October 29, 1929 - November 25, 2013

William F. Herdrich

October 29, 1929 - November 25, 2013


William Frank Herdrich, 84, of Laguna Niguel, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013.

He was born October 29, 1929, in McHenry, Il. Bill married Joan Samp on July 24, 1954. He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1961.

Bill served as a pilot in the US Air Force, participating in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. His years of service required extensive travel for both him and his family, including living in six different states and 3 years in Germany. He retired from the military in 1978 and earned a degree in Accounting to start a second career as a tax accountant.

Bill is survived by his wife and their five children: Ellen Lesicko, Bill Herdrich Jr., Tony Herdrich, Ron Herdrich and Marilee Nielsen. He also is survived by his 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held at 12:00 on Saturday, Nov. 30th at Saint Timothy’s Catholic Church at 9102 Crown Valley Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to UCI Parkinson Program.

Area Of Support: Medicine – School of Medicine
Gift Designation: Parkinsons Disease Research
Ph: (866) 968-4824
Donations can be made out by check to UCI Parkinsons Disease Research Program
Address: 100 Irvine Hall, Irvine CA 92697

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3 responses to William F. Herdrich

  1. KC Fockler says:

    Our condolences to the whole family. Beth and I will always remember Bill as a humble man who made everyone feel important and who gave honor to his family and country. And even though he was quiet, we always knew that he knew what was happening around the house, and if something was amiss he would correct it in the most subtle of ways. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Herdrich family during this difficult time. All our Love… the Fockler family… Casey, Beth, Michelle and Matt.

    As a side note…as a kid, I prodded him all the time to give up USAF secrets, but he never did give up his knowledge of Roswell or of UFO’s. He would only say…”it is classified Casey, and there are no UFO’s out there.” But the way smiled when he said that always made me ask one more time…. Going to miss you Colonel. And if there is anyone who will be God’s wingman, we know it will be you.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Condolences to your family. May friends and family comfort you at this time, provide you with love and memories of the beautiful person he is. Love and prayers. Jennifer

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