Bob was born March 9, 1925 to Walter and Ella Comnick Herman on the family farm. Bob attended Genesee schools, graduating in 1944. Bob worked on the family farm until he enlisted in the US Army in May of 1946. He was a military policeman stationed in Japan during World War II. After an honorary discharge, he returned to the Genesee area and started a life-long farming career. Bob worked with his father, Walter, on the home place and also south of Genesee on the Elliot Place (near the Shirrod Rock Pit). Bob did a lot of custom farming also. Bailing hay in the Lapwai area in his early years and continuing to bale and haul hay until the age of 84. Bob enjoyed haying so much it was like a hobby, or part of his recreational activities. Somehow that hobby did not pass on to his son Ron. He also did a lot of custom harvesting, owning one of the first self-propelled combines in the area, which he purchased for $1,250.00
On June 3, 1951 Bob married Vivian White of Pullman at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Genesee. This past summer they celebrated their sixty-third anniversary. In the spring of 1956, Bob and Vivian moved to the home place where he continued to farm until his retirement (which nobody really knows when, or if he really did, always keeping track of Ron and Ryan’s daily activities). Bob saw many changes throughout his farming career, from the old 20 HP Model “M” tractors, and combines being pulled by horses, to the newer 550 HP tractors and the large combines with 40 foot headers being used on the farm today.
Bob enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, bowling, riding horses, attending high school and college sporting events. He was well known for his special talent of training horses and dogs, which led to the many parade awards won throughout the local area.
Bob was a life-long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and did not miss very many Sunday worship services. He served on the Church Council and was a member of the Lutheran Brotherhood. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Genesee Union Warehouse and was a member of the Lewiston Elks Lodge, Genesee American Legion and the Genesee Rim Riders.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Ella Herman, a sister, Wilma Pollock of Spokane and a sister Adeline Evettes of Cheney, WA.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vivian, at their home in Genesee, daughters, Connie Sperry (Jim) of Ennis, MT and Sheri Jeschke (Frank) of Pullman, WA, a son, Ron Herman (Andrea) of Genesee, a brother, Glenn Herman (Susan) of Moses Lake, WA, and sister Eloise Wieber of Sandpoint. He also leaves 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Genesee. A reception and luncheon will follow at the Genesee Fire Hall. A family graveside service with military honors will be held prior to the Church service.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Shrine Children’s Hospital in Spokane, St. John’s Lutheran Church of Genesee or to the Genesee Ambulance Fund.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow and there will be a viewing on Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.