Herman Wiley Ronnenberg, 68, of Troy
After a long and brave battle with cancer, Herman Wiley Ronnenberg, Ph.D., passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at the age of 68 with his son and daughter by his side. He is survived by his son, Wiley Ronnenberg, his three grandchildren, Corey, Jessica and Logan, and his great-grandson Atlas. He is also survived by his daughter, Heather Ronnenberg Caton, son-in-law, Jeff, and his grandson, Erik. His beloved dog Shadow, has a permanent home with Heather’s family.
Herman wore many hats in his lifetime, including teacher, librarian, professor, restaurant and bar owner, historical writer, bookstore owner and publisher. However, what he was most known for was his passion for beer and brewing, earning him the moniker, “Dr. Beer.”
Over his lifetime, Herman amassed an extensive collection of beer memorabilia, including cans and bottles, openers, signs, books, and anything else he could find relating to beer. He was very proud of his collection and built a museum at his home in Troy, Idaho, to accommodate it.
After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho, Herman dedicated his life to the research and history of beer and brewing in Idaho. He wrote and published numerous books on the subject. In 2014, Herman was honored with the prestigious Esto Perpetua Award from the Idaho State Historical Society for his lifetime work with Idaho Brewing history.
A celebration of Herman’s life will be held Saturday, June 20, at Schierman’s Clubhouse and Event Center, located at 3225 Robinson Park Road, in Moscow, Idaho from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. His friends and family are invited to come share a story and a six-pack of his or her favorite beer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Troy Historical Society at P.O. Box 351, Troy, ID 83871.