Herman Sever Zick

April 4, 1929 - November 16, 2019

Herman  Sever Zick


Herman Sever Zick, 90, of Poplar Grove, IL passed away peacefully Saturday, November 16,2019 in his home surrounded by his loving family. Herman was born April 4, 1929 in Beloit, WI the son of Walter and Lena (Johnson) Zick. He married his wife of 55 years, Helen Wells on August 17, 1951 in Jefferson Prairie Lutheran Church. Helen preceded Herman in death on January 24, 2007. Herman served his country in the United States Army from 1951-1953. He was stationed in Alaska as a Radar Operator during the Korean War. Herman served on the North Boone School District Board of Education, a member of the American Legion in Clinton, WI, a clerk for Manchester township board and served on the Jefferson Prairie Church Council. Herman loved working with his hands, farming, fixing things and helping friends and family in his community. Herman loved sports but most importantly he loved spending time with his family. He made his spiritual home at Jefferson Prairie Lutheran Church.   

He is loved and missed by his children, John (Jackie) Zick, Russ (Cyndi) Zick, Becky (Butch) Peters, Brenda (Chuck) Kastning; grandchildren, Brett (Brittney) Zick, Kyle (Brittni) Zick, Kristin Zick, Bethany (Bryan) Wilson, Jeff (Traci) Zick, Lindsey (Trevor) Olson, Scott (April) Kastning, Cindy Kastning, Brian (Samantha) Kastning, Mary (Dan) Parson; 20 great-grandchildren with 2 on the way; dear friend, Dorothy Kleczewski; Nieces and nephews, Jude Hall, Ken (Barb) Hall and family as well as Tim (Kris) Hall and family. He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen; parents; sister and brother- in- law, Marie (Ed) Hall and great-grandson, Michael Kastning.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Jefferson Prairie Lutheran Church, 23184 Bergen Rd, Poplar Grove, IL 61065. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the church with Rev. Linda Winkelman officiating. A visitation will take place from 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Burial in Jefferson Prairie Cemetery. Memorials to Jefferson Prairie Lutheran Church, Zick Family Scholarship and Vets Roll. To light a candle or share a condolence please visit

Service Schedule

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Jefferson Prairie Lutheran Church


Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Jefferson Prairie Lutheran Church, 23184 Bergen Rd, Poplar Grove, IL 61065.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Jefferson Prairie Lutheran Church


A visitation will take place from 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to services.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Jefferson Prairie Lutheran Church


Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the church with Rev. Linda Winkelman officiating.

Burial in Jefferson Prairie Cemetery

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So Sorry to hear of Herman’s passing I know you as a family have wonderful memories . our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Raph & Bonnie

Ralph& Bonnie Elliott 2019-11-25T16:32:59

Herman was a kind ,generous man that led children by example both the ones that lived at the farm and those of us that just came for a visit. The visits were always memorable, you just felt a sense of belonging . Probably because you got to help with chores . I am certain he could have done things quicker without some girl asking if she could feed the the calves or ride the tractor down to bring the cows up. But he always made time to show you how to do the job. I saw him a few months ago I got my usual hug and how are things in Missouri ? John, Russ, Becky &Brenda I wish I could have been with you this weekend I am so sorry for you loss. Vickie & Charlie Miller

Vickie Miller 2019-11-24T22:28:03

In the 17 years that I lived by Uncle Herman, I never saw him without a smile on his face. He was kind to his farm animals, helped his neighbors, and spent quality time teaching and playing with his children. He and my mother, Marie spent a lot of time talking on the phone every day in their later years, and I know that she took great comfort from her brother’s weekly visits. Whenever I would visit, Uncle Herman would come over to see me and share the neighborhood news. He will be missed by many people and family members.

Jude Hall 2019-11-24T07:06:58


Bob wood 2019-11-23T20:09:58

We are sad for this loss of Herman Zick, he was a kind man he always had a smile on his face. Herman was a very hard working man. I remember seeing him this one afternoon climbing up on his ladder to clean out his gutters on his 2-story house…meaning nothing would stop Herman from working hard and getting his jobs done. We have had the pleasure of knowing Herman. We have great respect and admired Herman for his service for his country and also for his service to the farming community. We will sure miss Herman our thoughts and prayers to the family.

Our Sincere Condolences,

Charles & Christine Garrett

Mr.&Mrs.C.Garrett 2019-11-23T15:07:39

Please try to remember this: He is always with you. I never had the honor of meeting Herman but I do have the honor of working with/for Jeffrey Zick. We are Blessed to have Jeff as our leader and I know from hearing Jeff talk that Herman had a lot to do with Jeff becoming the man he is today. May God always Bless and Godspeed to the Zick family. James Van Hoesen

James Van Hoeaen 2019-11-23T11:35:52

Zick Family- We have had the pleasure of knowing Herman for the years we were members of Jefferson Prairie. His contagious smile and friendliness were outstanding. Then we found we had the Boone Co. Fair in common and we got to know more of the family. We knew how much his family meant to him. We also got to know Dorothy and enjoyed her friendship. Our sincere sympathy to all of you. Jim and Sonjia

Jim and Sonjia Olstad 2019-11-23T07:44:42

Herman is one of the few stateline area farmers, fathers, friends that I ever had the privilege saying I know.
I am very sad for your family’s great loss.
Brotherly love to the Zicks

Rob Waterman 2019-11-22T18:54:03

His electric smile, contagious joy in life, towering homeruns after evening chores, and his ability to fix anything. . . . Herman and the Zicks made my summers wonderful

Robert Hanold 2019-11-21T08:46:01

Sincerest heartfelt condolences to the Zick family, from the Ward family.

Herman is so highly thought of by the community, as he was by my dad. He, dad and LaVerne Hazelwood, high school chums, bonded by similar ethics and interests: mechanics, athletes, farmers, civic contributors, and friends…all three together again. Perhaps their greatest legacy is demonstrated in their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and extended families. Although they were a part of the silent generation, their character and contributions speak loudly. Through hard work they built prosperous lives for themselves and those they loved. They taught us how to do just about anything, but to always do it right. They taught us to be good neighbors, to help others if you could. They taught us that what matters most is the character of the person, not superficial or materialistic factors. They pushed us to reach for our fullest potential. And to always be there for family and friends, community and country. And they live on in all of us. Brenda, Becky, Rusty, John…your dad was a good man, and he will be missed by many, loved most by you.

When Herman and Dorothy visited mom and dad during their last year, it was bittersweet. Aging had taken its toll and created limitations, but the memories shared were as vibrant as if just yesterday. It was a good life, filled with happy moments, filled with accomplishments, well-lived.

I will be out of town and unable to attend services, but I will be thinking of you all. Just wish I could be there in person to share a heartfelt hug.

Pam Ward 2019-11-21T08:39:36


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