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Frederick Wayne Herpich

Frederick Wayne Herpich, 73, of Mena (Shady), Arkansas, passed away on May12, 2024, at his Shady Home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on September 10, 1950, to Dr. Edwin J. Herpich and Regina Cutler Herpich in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Liman Ward Military Academy in Birmingham, Ala. and attended LSU for several semesters. He worked in Golden, Colorado at the Coors Cannery Factory and from there he went to work 3,000 feet underground in the Henderson Mines in Umpire, Colorado.

He moved back to Louisiana and worked for the State of Louisiana DOTD for 17 years as a Master Mechanic. During this time, he did landscape and lawn care as a side job.

When he retired in 1998, he and his wife purchased a small farm property in Shady and also built a cabin and pavilion on his wife’s family property on Sugar Creek. Fred operated a local brush-hogging backhoe business and he and his wife raised fainting goats. He loved these Ouachita Mountains. Fred was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Louisiana.

He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Karen Hadley Herpich; daughters, Holly Herpich Bencaz and Presha Mustakas, son Beau Michael; granddaughters, Allie Mustakas and Hannah Michael of Austin, Texas; sisters, Edwina Efferson and husband, Donnel, of Prairieville, Louisiana, and Mary Louise Irvin and husband, Lynn of Gonzales, Louisiana.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Dr. Edwin J Herpich and his mother, Regina Cutler Herpich, and his brother, Edwin Herpich.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to his church, New Hope Baptist Church, 113 Shady Lane, Mena, AR 71953.

Memorial service will be held on June 1, 2024, at 10:00 am at the New Hope Baptist Church in Shady. Online obituary can be found at

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