Dec. 24, 1996 Urbana Champaign County Illinois, USA
Herb was born in Sullivant Township, the third of four children of John Herbert and Marie Helena Adelgunda Witt Brucker. The family farmed in Ford and McLean County. His mother died when he was under two years old. Herb was raised by his stepmother, Augusta Herman Brucker.
On Feb. 27, 1954 he married widow Mae Miller Barnes. Their family included one son together and Mae's son from her first marriage.