Herman proudly served his country during World War II in United States Army. He was a member of the 249 Combat Engineers Battalion, B Company, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge, helped build the bridge over the Rhine River, and served under General Patton. Following his service Herman moved to the Lorain County area. He retired from General Motors after 39 years of working at the Fisher Guide Plant in Elyria.
Herman was a 32 degree Mason with Wellington Lodge 127. He was also very active with the Al Koran Shrine serving as the Commander of the Legion of Honor. He was a past president and member of the Lorain County Chapter of the Kentucky Colonels and was a former member of the Amherst Hospital board. Herman also liked to give his time playing Santa for the annual El Ray Grotto Christmas party for underprivileged children in Lorain. He was a member of the Park Avenue Methodist Church in Amherst as well.
Survivors include daughters, Sharon Moehle of Elyria, Patricia Marshall of Columbus, Mary Donna (Carl) Sullenberger of Amherst, Christie (Ray) Overmyer of Pittsburgh, Elizabeth (David) Vonmeyer of Elyria; sons, H. John (Becky) Smith of Elyria, Douglas (Teresa) Smith of LaGrange, and Michael Smith of Elyria; 17 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter.
Herman was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 71 years, Mary, on October 9, 2012; son, Edgar; grandson, Billy; and a son-in-law, Todd Moehle.
Friends and family will be received Friday, December 7, 2012 from 6 to 8 P.M. at Norton-Eastman Funeral Home, 370 South Main St., Wellington, where service will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012 beginning at 10:30 A.M. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Wellington.
Donations may be made in Hermans memory to any Shrine Hospital.