Mr. McKenzie was a welder and retired from Boilermakers Local 27 after 30 years of service. He was a United States Army Korean War veteran. Herman was a master at everything and could fix anything. He was an Eagle Scout, collector of Japanese swords, loved music, and in his younger years, enjoyed spelunking.
He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Mitchell; his parents, Everett and AnnLou, nee Harrington, McKenzie; a grandson, Joshua, in infancy; a brother, Marion McKenzie; and a brother-in-law, Bill McCulley.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Helen M., nee Riley, McKenzie, whom he married on November 4, 1957; four children, Deborah (Jerry) Northway of Shiloh, IL, Richard (Terry) Mitchell of Belleville, IL, Luanne (Todd May) McKenzie of Belleville, IL, and Michael (Donna) McKenzie of Freeburg, IL; 11 grandchildren, Kristy Northway, Brian (Amy) Northway, Justin (Siphra) Briggs, Lindsey (Toby Rosser) Mitchell, Ashley (Caleb) Jordan, Derrick Hughes, Alyson Valci, Madison Brunner, Dustin (Danielle) McKenzie, and Meghan (Joey) Whitten; 18 great-grandchildren, Hanna, Elizabeth, Vivian, Shaun, Jace, Samuel, Danielle, Gabrielle, Brayden, Jayden, Shianna, Astraea, Kylie, Layne, Cashton, Libby, Hunter, and Bentley; and a sister, Norma McCulley of St. Louis, MO.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.