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Herbert E. Horlacher

Herbert E. Horlacher

March 20, 2020

Herbert E. Horlacher, of Eau Claire, passed away on March 20, 2020 at the age of 91.

Herb was born March 2, 1929, the youngest son of Henry and Ella (Rosentreter) Horlacher. He grew up in Eau Claire and worked on the family farm. Herb met his wife, Irene, and they were united in marriage on November 6, 1955. Herb started a trucking company, hauling lime and crushed rock. In the early 60’s, Herb bought a bulk milk route and hauled milk until his retirement in the 90’s. He spent his spare time working with his sons on their farm. Herb loved being out in the field farming.

Herb is survived by his wife, Irene, of 64 years; sons, Ronald (Jan), Randall (Trudy); daughter, Sandra (Mike) DeGrasse; grandchildren, Dan (Rachel Roberts) Horlacher, Adam (Renee) Horlacher, Jared Horlacher, Brandon (Jessica) DeGrasse, Lacey (Jerrod) Buchholtz, Brianna (Andrew) Bushendorf; great grandchildren, Carli, Evrett, Kasen, Madelyn and Casey; and great great grandson, Jayce; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Herb is preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Gerhardt, Henry, Amelia, Margaret, Marie, Marshall; and great granddaughter, Harper Marie.

The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice for their wonderful care.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of life Center, in Altoona, is assisting the family.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son that who ever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.


A private graveside service will be held at a later date.


A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

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  • MOOSE Irene and family,

    So sorry to hear about Herb. The very first time I met him I knocked on his door, told him who I was and asked if I could borrow his electricity for a couple of months. Most people would have shut the door in my face but not Herb, he took me to his shed and showed me where to hook up. We were so blessed to have him and Irene for our neighbors. Romans 15:2 says Each of us should please his neighbor for his good to build him up. Not only did he let me use his electricity for two months but he would not let me pay him for it. He simply said that is what neighbors do for each other. We will be praying for your family. Thanks for being great neighbors.

    Your friends at Interstate Auto.

    March 23 at 11:49am

  • Beverly J Peterson So sorry for your loss. Herb was a wonder guy, going to miss him so much. Prayers go out to Irean and family.

    March 23 at 8:48am

  • Tom and Claudia Dachel Sorry for loss.

    March 20 at 9:05pm

  • Sara Bushendorf Irene, Sandy, Ron and Randy, I'm so sorry for your loss. No more suffering, and hugging our sweet Harper! Sending hugs to you all.

    March 20 at 7:57PM

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