Mr. Bouyack was one of eight children of the now deceased William Carl Henry and Elsie Bertha Otilla (Kollat) Bouyack. He was born on August 16, 1927 at the family farm north of Clyde where he lived his entire life.
He graduated from Clyde High School in 1945.
On August 28, 1952, Herbert married Margaret Clare Thurn. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clyde where he was 5th grade Sunday School teacher for many years. He had been a member of the church dart ball league as well as Whirlpool's bowling league and softball league. He was also a 4-H advisor. For thirty years he was an employee of the Whirlpool Corp, but the occupation he loved was being a farmer.
Herb is remembered as a devout listener; a man with a calm, but respected presence. He taught many children and grandchildren to farm, hunt, fish, raise animals, repair just about anything and most significantly how to pray. Everyone remembers him leading the family in prayer at every gathering. In fact at a young age, some of the children and grandchildren thought he prayed in German because they couldn’t decipher the words through his thick accent. Many can still recall the distinct sound of the buckles as he donned his rubber boots on the back steps before going to tend the sheep. If the gaggle of young grandchildren running around “helping” with chores ever bothered him, he never mentioned it. When he spoke, they listened, knowing his words were chosen as though of a limited supply. As they aged, they gained a new respect for the wise man and hard worker in front of them. They grew up thinking it was normal to check the Detroit Tigers schedule before planning celebrations or other events. Didn’t everyone do this? Most importantly, his family remembers a man whose love for every single one of them was never a question.
Herb is survived by his wife Margaret along with eight children, Herbert Bouyack, Jr. of Olathe, Kansas; Sherri (John) Glass of Clyde; Sue (Daniel)) Warner of Fremont; James Bouyack of Columbus; Frederick (Sherry) Bouyack and Amelia (Steve) Keown all of Clyde; Connie (Jeff) Heitman of Holgate and Peggie (Steve) Avers of Elmore all survive. Twenty five grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren survive him. Also his siblings, Dorothy Peters of Fremont, Janet Parkhurst of Clyde; Ernest Bouyack of Portsmouth and Lois Bradford of Fremont are surviving.
Mr. Bouyack was preceded in death by three sisters, Clara Hemminger; Hilda Wollenslegel and Joan Rogers.
Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the family service in sanctuary at 10:00 am on Friday, March 12, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Forest Street, Clyde with Rev. Kurt Luebkeman officiating. Burial will be in McPherson Cemetery and is open to all.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to St. and Lutheran Church Youth and Social Fund.
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