November 2, 2022 at 8:31 p.m.

Debra Rose “Debbie” Herke

Debra Rose “Debbie” Herke
Debra Rose “Debbie” Herke


Debra Rose “Debbie” Herke, age 58, of Sauk Centre, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, at the CentraCare Hospital in Sauk Centre, Minnesota after three-and-a-half years of fighting Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Gray Eagle United Methodist Church with Rev. Jacob Holck officiating. Interment will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls following the lunch.

Visitation was held from 9-10:45 a.m. at the Grey Eagle United Methodist Church.

Debra Rose Kortuem was born April 8, 1964, in Mankato Minnesota, to Charles and Beverly (Wandersee) Kortuem.

She attended Hoover Elementary, Lincoln Jr. High and Mankato West High School. Debbie was active in sports, enjoyed horseback riding, motorcycling, dancing, playing with neighborhood friends, bicycling, water skiing and alpine skiing. During her senior year, she was an exchange student in Johannesburg, South Africa.

She graduated from Mankato State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration on a ROTC scholarship. She married Larry Joel Herke Dec. 28, 1985. She was an Army Ordnance Corp officer, who was stationed at Red Stone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, and the 8th Maintenance Battalion in Hanau, Germany. Debbie frequently traveled around Europe until discharged in 1989.

She worked for the State of Minnesota in Unemployment Insurance as a Library Technician and 18 years as a Disability Examiner for the State of Minnesota. With her family she lived several locations in Minnesota to include Rogers, Courtland, Hastings and Sauk Centre.

Debbie enjoyed camping and bike trips with her family. She was active in Boy Scouts of America, including serving as Den Leader and Scout Leader. Traveling with friends and family was one of her favorite things to do. She loved her pets and vegetable and flower gardens. She was very proud of her three grown sons and their extended families, especially her granddaughter, one-year-old Maisie.

Survived by her husband, Larry J. Herke of Sauk Centre; sons, Jon (Meagan) Herke of Minneapolis, Joe (Laura Karels) Herke of Mankato and Justin (Anna) Herke of Sauk Centre; granddaughter, Maisie Herke; parents, Charles “Chuck” and Beverly Kortuem of Sauk Centre; brother, Ed (Marnie) Kortuem of Mankato; and sister, Cindy (Steve) Romnes of Mankato.

Preceded in death by grandparents, George and Rose (Mertensotto) Kortuem and George and Dorthea (Erlandson) Wandersee; infant granddaughter, June (Karels) Herke; and nephew, Nathan Williams.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.




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