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John Max Herhahn

July 27, 1941 — July 12, 2022

John Max Herhahn, 80, of Plum Creek Canyon, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

John was born on July 27, 1941, to parents Frank and Amy (Peeks) Herhahn in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He attended public schools in Scottsbluff and graduated from Scottsbluff High School with the class of 1959. John then pursued higher education at Chadron State College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

Following graduation, John started working for Amoco Oil which was an American chemical and oil company as a salesman selling chemical products. John was united in marriage to Nancy Best on November 24, 1967 in Holdrege, Nebraska. Two children were blessed to this union: John B., and Amy. The family made their home in several locations while John worked for Amoco. They lived in Denver, Colorado, Twin Falls, Idaho, Kansas City, Missouri, Red Oak, Iowa before spending twenty plus years in Chicago, Illinois. John retired in 1995, and John and Nancy moved to San Diego, California before settling at Plum Creek Canyon in 2004.

John had many passions over the years, including traveling, fishing, camping and growing orchids. While living in San Diego, John took a ceramic/pottery course at the University of San Diego. John enjoyed working with his hands and made beautiful pieces, which are on display throughout the home.

Left to celebrate his life, his wife, Nancy of Plum Creek Canyon; his children, John B. (Sarah) Herhahn of Benzonia, Michigan and Amy (Kevin) Thompson of Kearney; two grandsons, Lucas & Alex of Kearney; one brother, Frank (Karen) Herhahn of Bloomington, Indiana and a sister-in-law, Betty Sayers of Holdrege; as well as extended family and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no visitation, as the family is honoring John’s wish for cremation. A Memorial Graveside Service will be held on Friday, July 29, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege, Nebraska.

A memorial has been established in John’s honor, and kindly suggested to the family for later designation.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: 

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