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Jul 27, 2011 7:03 PM by Andy Koen

Urn theft victim passes away

Burglaries don't usually make the news, but it's what the thieves stole from Bob Herrle that pulled on the heart-strings of the nation. They took the urn that holds the ashes of his late wife Terry.

It was almost three months before investigators tracked down the people who stole it.
Bob's daughter Holly Meyer says he was so happy to have them back that he didn't even realize it was Terry's Birthday.

"When he called me and said the ashes are back, I said well today's her birthday, he said it is?, I said yeah. So, he was really excited and very, very happy to have them back."

Holly says while Terry was alive, she had often talked with Bob about of taking an Alaskan Cruise. This summer he decided to finally go on that trip and he brought his kids and grandkids with him.

"When he wanted to do something he did it," Holly said. "I jokingly said well gosh Dad you should just take us all on a vacation and he said, well yeah I've always wanted to go on vacation so lets go buy tickets, you get online and book it now."

But Bob's health took a turn for the worst while they were at sea. The day after they returned, he was admitted to the hospital. He was very anemic and after some testing, doctors discovered that his kidneys had failed. He passed away Sunday.

"At the very end, he had told my sister or my brother that, you know, he'd had a great time on the cruise and he was tired now," Holly said. "He was tired of being sick, he was tired of being in pain and he really missed mom and he was ready."

Rather than a formal service, the Herrle family is holding an open house reception at his sister-in-law Michelle's home in Black Forest. It begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday at 7925 Wrangler Way.

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