Nancy Herrin

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November 7, 1956 ~ June 22, 2020

Nancy Mae Herrin, 63, Valley Springs, died Monday, June 22, 2020, suddenly and unexpectedly at the Avera McKennan Emergency Department, in Sioux Falls.

A visitation with family and open house will be 4-7pm, Friday, June 26, 2020, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon, with a short prayer service at 6:30pm.  A reception and gathering will follow at the American Legion Hall in Valley Springs. The family encourages everyone to wear sports jerseys to support Nancy’s love for sports.

Nancy Mae Jacobs was born in Wheaton, MN to Gordon and Betty (Walz) Jacobs on November 7, 1956, as one of six children. She was raised and attended school there. She left the area and married Mark Rath. To this union two children were born; Christopher and Danny. She later married Ron, and she was blessed with a daughter, Andrea. On 11/11/2000, she went on a first date with a strapping hunk from Valley Springs, named Don Johnson. She then added five more of his children to their blended family.

Nancy worked for Wendy’s as a manager in Sioux Falls, for a number of years. She was a CNA at the Tuff Nursing Home in Hills, MN for 15 years. Upon her retirement, she went back to work at the Valley Springs Body Shop, as Don’s office manager. In her spare time, Nancy enjoyed scrabble, Sudoku puzzles and word searches. She loved cheering on the Vikings and the Twins, as well as other sports. Her favorite tv shows included Law N Order, CSI, Family Feud and anything on the Game Show Network. She and Don enjoyed traveling to Minnesota, Texas and Missouri to visit her family. They also vacationed in Medora, ND. She loved the kids at the Valley Springs Lutheran Sunday School and her great-nieces and nephews. She made sure that everyone received presents for birthdays, Christmas, and any other holiday. Don and Nancy spent their last hoorah in Branson, MO, only two weeks ago, which included her whole family for four days.

Nancy will be deeply missed by her other half, Don Johnson, Valley Springs; eight children, Christopher (Theresa) Rath, Danny (Kasey) Rath, Andrea (Paul) Rezac, Eric Johnson, Amy Stassen, Michele Johnson, Tammy Webb and Deanna Bosch; twenty grandchildren, Skylar, Jakson, Dalton, Kristen, Kayleigh, Caitlin, Michaela, Emily, Alec, Jake, Alex, Logan, Lane, Shyanne, Chloe, Nealy, Rylea, Parker, Caitlin and Dustin; five great-grandchildren, Blakely, Sterling, Stryker, Aiden and Jensen; mother, Betty Jacobs; two sisters, Kaye (Jeff) Norton and Tammie (Terry) Finke; one brother, Brad (Joetta) Jacobs; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Nancy was preceded in death by her father, Gordon Jacobs; sister, Deborah Zastrow; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Beverly Jacobs; and nephew Ryan Jacobs.

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  • Nikki Graves says:

    I am so very sorry for everyone’s loss, including mine. I always looked forward to Miss Nancy coming down to Texas and giving us all some much needed laughter and hugs. She loved her family so so much. Miss Nancy was always such a joy when she pulled in the driveway with her infectious smile and Midwestern hello. We will miss helping her unload her coolers and enjoying her post trip beer (Miller 64). She raised 3 fabulous children and helped raise some amazing grandbabies. Miss Nancy will be missed in all corners of the U.S. She left such an impact on everyone she met. I wish I could be there to hug you all but know that y’all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Thinking of all of you. I always enjoyed Nancy’s lunch visits to school with one of the grandkids. Her visits to school made their day. Thoughts and prayers to you all. Miss Lanette

  • Ray & Carol Funke says:

    Thinking of you Don, sorry for your loss…

  • Jennifer H. says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Denny & Kay Herrin says:

    Our hearts go out to the entire family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Nancy was a caring, loving, giving person and will be missed very much. We had some great times together.

  • Les & Linda Hengeveld says:

    Don & Andrea & Family, we are so sorry for your loss; it is our loss also! God bless you and your whole family. Nancy will be sorely missed.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you all in your sorrow and bless you in your time of healing. Remember her laughter and her ability to love so completely.

  • Gary Parker says:

    I remember shortly after Don and Nancy got together he told me ” I never knew a woman could be so sweet”. Didn’t have to know her long to realize he was right. Rest in peace sweet lady!

  • Larry Johnson says:

    Don & family….you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.Prayers to all.

  • Jerry and Marie Kuhnert says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Nancy. She always had a smile, great personality, and always on the go. Our sympathies go out to you,Don,and to all the close relatives,I am sure your memories are many,may you find comfort in them all.

  • Diana Wagner says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person and will be truly missed. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

  • Sheri Rozeboom-Kloes says:

    Don and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers in this time of loss. May God watch over you and bring you peace.

  • You were such a cherished part of my life. And gave me such a beautiful and wonderful daughter. Thank you. Be with the Lord.

  • Kris Johnson Tony and Morgan says:

    Don and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Nancy was a kind soul and always had a smile for everyone.

  • Kathleen goggin Thorstad says:

    Will miss her smile and that laugh I remember from high school prayers for all of the Jacobs clan

  • Jerry Kerkhove says:

    Don and family – Sorry and very surprised to read about Nancy’s passing. A wonderful and very caring lady. She will be missed by many. Respect in peace.

  • Jane Nelson says:

    Don, so very sorry to read of Nancy’s passing. I enjoyed visiting with her at the shop and and loved the twinkle in your eye when you were together. Be well, my friend.

  • Jim and Loretta Neuman says:

    Nancy, you will be so missed. Your smile and personality lit up the room when you entered. From the many times that you would drag Tammie and I with you when we were young, to later years when Jim and I would occasionally see you at a party or family event, you never changed. You had a heart of gold!! Heaven truly gained an Angel. Our condolences to Betty and all of Nancy’s family. May you find Peace.

  • Keith n B Staeffler says:

    Our thoughts and Prayers to Don,Andrea,Chris,and Danny and there families. Heaven gained another Beautiful Angel. We will miss our Dear Close Friend Nancy. She always had a smile on her face and always here to listen when needed. Everywhere we went she would lite up the place. She made us laugh,smile n cry. Nancy you will always have a place in my heart, RIP my Friend.

  • Ben Johnson says:

    So sorry for your loss, I will be keeping all f you in my thoughts.

  • Ben Johnson says:

    So sorry for your loss, I will be keeping all of you in my thoughts.

  • Andrea Rezac says:

    Mom, you were the best ever and always had the biggest ❤️, which is sadly just couldn’t quite handle all the love and happiness that you had at the very end. We had such a perfect family trip in Branson (that almost got rescheduled), then the kids and I came up for our yearly visit and went to Dusty’s graduation and y’all had Jake’s wedding where you partied like rock stars. Then Father’s Day where you had me get Dad an ice cream cake from DQ and I made y’all an amazing steak dinner with a potato, mushroom, onion and pepper bake with tons of garlic 😊. I will never forget the hug I got after dinner you you telling me how awesome it was, this will now be my go to dinner. I miss you so much momma! Rest easy and please never leave my side or my babies! Love, Andrea

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