Ober S. Herr Jr., 87, of Westminster, died early Thursday morning, May 8, 2014, at home.
Born Feb. 16, 1927, in Westminster, he was the son of the late Ober S. Herr Sr. and Dorothy McDaniel Herr. He was the husband of Jeanne Blettner Herr, his wife of 64 years.
A native of the community, he was a 1944 graduate of Westminster High School, where he served as class president and received the Rotary Medal at graduation. He interrupted his college education to serve as an aviation machinist's mate in the Navy from February 1945 to April 1946. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1949 from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, which was named after his grandfather.
He worked briefly at the Times Printing Company, followed by employment at Jameson and Barnsley Automobile Company. In 1964, he began his banking career at Carroll County Bank and Trust Company, now BB&T, and later was promoted to vice president and comptroller. During his banking career, he graduated from the Maryland-Virginia School of Bank Management in 1967 and retired in 1992.
He was a lifelong member of Westminster United Methodist Church, where he sang in the Chancel Choir and served on the church's finance committee, the Administrative Board, and was treasurer of the Benevolence Fund. In addition, he sang for many years with the Carroll County Choral Society and the Carroll Singers. He also was a member, longtime volunteer and former treasurer of the Carroll County Historical Society, as well as having served on the board of the Carroll County Heart Association and as chair of the City of Westminster's Planning and Zoning Board.
He was the longest serving member of the Westminster Rotary Club
, having joined in 1951. He served as treasurer, Pinion editor, president from 1960 until 1961 and was a member of the awards committee, treasurer of the Sherman Flanagan Scholarship Fund and edited the annual club directory for many years. In 1986, his service as a Rotarian was recognized, and he was named a Paul Harris Fellow.
As a young man, he earned his pilot's license and enjoyed aviation. He was interested in model railroading, white water rafting and hiking the Appalachian Trail with his sons and friends. He and his wife also enjoyed traveling and sailing with their friends.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children and spouses Karen and William Mallonee, of Owensboro, Kentucky, Stephen and Nancy Herr, of Bend, Oregon, and James and Katie Herr, of El Dorado Hills, California; brother and sister-in-law William McD. and Lois Herr, of Carbondale, Illinois; and grandchildren Michael, Daniel, Mandee, Andrew, Karah, Connor and Spencer.
He was predeceased by a grandson, Logan D. Herr.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 91 Willis St., Westminster.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with his pastor, the Rev. Mark Smiley officiating. Burial will follow in Westminster Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Westminster United Methodist Church, Music Program, 162 E. Main St., Westminster, MD 21157; the Sherman Flanagan Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Westminster Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1244, Westminster, MD 21158; or to the Carroll County Historical Society, 210 E. Main St., Westminster, MD 21157.
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