Richard “Dick” Charles Herbel Sr., 79, a resident of Grain Valley, MO passed away peacefully Monday, March 27, 2023 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, MO. He was born October 23, 1943 to Everett and Estelle (Bareis) Herbel in St. Louis, MO.
Richard was united in marriage to the love of his life, Debbie on April 10th, 1976 in Granite City, IL. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy for 30 years before retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. During his service he served in Vietnam and had close to 20 duty stations. Richard was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal among numerous other recognitions over the course of his military career. After retirement, he continued in public service by working as a City Administrator for Raymore, Mo and for Ste. Genevieve, Mo. He enjoyed deep sea fishing, traveling and spending his free time with his wife, children, friends and watching his grandchildren play sports. He was an active member in the community and was a member of numerous organizations to include: The Fleet Reserve Association, Retired Officers Association, Veteran of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Hadji Shrine Temple, and the Elks Lodge #2509 in Blue Springs, Mo.
He is survived by his loving wife, Debbie of Grain Valley, MO; children: Daughter Michelle Herbel Stueve (Mark Kelsey); Son Jason Herbel (Melody Beeker) of Stover, MO and their children Aria and Veda Reinhardt; Son Richard C. Herbel Jr. of Orland Park, Illinois and his children Rikki and Miranda Herbel, Daughter Kimberly Herbel (Lisa Newlin) of Lakeland, FL and her children Kenneth Nedbal and Brian Holubetz ; His Siblings, Jacque Pierce, Joanne Gianino and Robert Herbel of Festus, MO. He also leaves behind the lights of his life, his grandchildren Victor Stueve V, Zoe Kelsey and Cole Kelsey. Numerous family and friends who will miss his positive mental attitude, comforting presence and dedication to serving others. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Estelle Herbel and his beloved sister, Debra Culis.
His family would like those who knew and cared for Richard to celebrate his life with them Friday, March 31st, 2023 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Blue Springs Elk’s Lodge #2509, 100 N.E. Brizendine Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64015. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Elk’s Lodge. The service will start at 2:00 p.m. Services will then conclude with full military honors. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Disabled American Veterans or Shriners Hospitals for Children. Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. Memories of Richard and words of comfort for his family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com