Herman, Edward

Edward Herman, 87, of Morenci, Mich., died Thursday, June 4, 2009.

He was born Nov. 29, 1921, in Dowagiac, Mich., the son of Edd and Elise (Froehlick) Herman. He married Audrie M. Hilton on March 2, 1968, at her parents’ home near Morenci and she survives.

Ed was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Morenci where he served on the council for many years.  In 1944 he was discharged with honorable mentions from the U.S. Navy.

In 1945 Ed joined the Benton Harbor Fire Department.  He owned and operated Herman's Auto Repair in Melburg, Mich., with his uncle Sam Herman for many years.  Ed worked for the Berrien County Farm Bureau Oil Co. in Eau Claire, Mich. 

He moved to Lenawee County in 1953 and managed Lenawee Farm Bureau Oil in Madison Center.  In 1974 he was a housekeeping manager at the University of Toledo, retiring in 1984.  Ed had real estate licenses in Ohio and Michigan. He also owned and operated the Morenci Shoe Cobbler for three years.  Ed’s final retirement was in 2006, from Wal-Mart in Wauseon, Ohio, where he served as a greeter.  Ed loved meeting people and truly missed all his friends at Wal-Mart.  He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and taking care of his lawn.

Besides his wife, Ed is survived by three daughters, Jill (and Kim) Dabe of Mason, Ohio, Judy (and Bob) Milholland of Reno, Nev., and Dawn (and Ken) Wenzinger of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Ervin (and Bobbie) Herman of Jackson, Wis.; four sisters, Loretta Walters of St. Joseph, Mich., Elosie Scheffler of Coloma, Mich., Margaret (and Les) Bernard of Stuart, Fla., and Joyce (and Norm) Strunk of Tavares, Fla.; sister-in-law, Wanetta Herman; five grandchildren, Brett (and Rachel) Dabe of Liberty Twp., Ohio, Heather (and Mike) Shingleton of Hendersonville, Tenn., Philip, Dena and Anna Wenzinger of Columbus, Ohio; two step-grandchildren, Eva (and Wyatt) Campos of Sparks, Nev., and Robert Milholland of California; seven great-grandchildren, Faith, Kailyn, Lexi and Ryan Dabe, Ben, Nate and Alli Shingleton; two step-great-grandchildren, Cali and Christopher; and many nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Richard and a brother in infancy; and brother-in-law, Gus Scheffler.

Funeral service are planned at 2 p.m. Monday, June 8, at the Morenci Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Ralph Stuebs officiating.  Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci and at the church on Monday from 1 p.m. until service time.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church or Morenci Fire and Rescue.