Herman Paul Herklotz
October 27, 1943 – October 25, 2020
Herman Paul Herklotz passed away on October 25, 2020 at Albany Medical Center.
“Butch” as he was known to many, was born October 27, 1943 in Dover, NJ to Herman and Arvilla (Reed) Herklotz. Butch was a true, old-fashioned farmer to his soul. When he was a lad as young as 2, he could be found riding on the “putt putt” tractor alongside his father until he was old enough to drive himself. In 1955 he carried that love of farming from NJ to NY. Together with his father and brother Warren, they tilled the land and milked the cows at Herman Herklotz & Sons dairy farm in Franklin NY. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Agriculture.
Butch had a gentle and generous soul. He loved to give of himself and the crops he sowed and harvested. Many neighbors and friends were happy to see him on their doorstep with a feed bag full of sweet corn and countless church dinners were served with vegetables from his garden and corn from his fields.
Butch served God and his community with his time, talents and heart. He was President of the Franklin Fire Insurance Cooperative for several years. He volunteered on many farm and community organizations and boards in his lifetime, but two that were very dear to him were The Franklin United Methodist Church and Gideons International. He could always be counted on to be of service, whether it be frying bacon at the Methodist Church pancake breakfast booth, collecting tithes and offerings or spreading the Gospel by distributing Bibles. He found such joy in giving.
Butch is survived by his children, Sarah Herklotz and Katie Ives, both of Willow Spring NC and Ryan Herklotz, Franklin NY. His grandsons, Brandon Ives (Zoe), Dylan Johnson (Elizabeth), Gatlin Ives & Nolan Ives (Karolyne). Step-children Debra Willoughby, Julie Mettler (Bill), Brenda Green and Kyle Hall (Donna). His sisters Joan Hall (Harold) and Ruth Sickler (Jim) and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Herman and Arvilla, brother Warren, sister Carol, wife Joanne, wife Sheila and her son Steven.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Herman “Butch” Herklotz Future Farmers of American Camp Scholarship Fund, New York FFA Foundation, 9340 Long Pond Road, Croghan, NY 13327. Or Online at: https://oswegatchie.networkforgood.com/projects/113988-herman-butch-herklotz-memorial-scholarship-fund.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Herman Paul Herklotz
November 9, 2020
What a dear, sweet man. He was always willing to help with whatever was needed. More than once, he came to Albany airport in the middle of the night to pick me up. Every spring he'd appear at my door with asparagus because he knew how much I liked it. He worried more about friends than he ever did about himself. Butch loved the Lord with his whole heart. He did His work with joy, especially passing out testaments with the Gideons. I know he's with Him now.