Herman J. Guillory

Herman J. Guillory, 87, a resident of Kingston, passed away Wednesday morning, Nov. 14, 2012, at ManorCare Health and Rehabilitation Center, Kingston.

Born April 21, 1925, in Lake Charles, La., Herman was the son of the late Medrick and Silvonia Fretty Guillory.

A U.S. Merchant Marine veteran, Herman honorably served his country during World War II.

Prior to his retirement, Herman worked as a civilian employee for the Merchant Marines.

Everyone dies, but not everyone knows how to live. Herman had the opportunity to live and he seized it! As a Merchant Marine, he saw the world many times over, but he learned to appreciate home the most in the end.

He had a stubborn, independent spirit like no other. He gave more than he took. The bridges he burnt he worked to rebuild. He gave love and was loved! He will be missed by all those who knew him.

Herman knew God and he could not wait to make the final journey to his heavenly home. We should celebrate, not mourn. He could not use his legs later in life, but now he dances with the angels. No more wheelchairs, no more nurses and no more confines of linen. Time to dance Herman, time to dance!

In addition to his parents, Medrick and Silvonia Guillory, Herman was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence and Ike, and his sisters, Christine and Rita.

Herman is survived by his wife, the former Ruth I. Knosel, Kingston; his daughters, Andrea Kyle and her husband, Edward, Kingston; Rose Hoyt and her husband, Joseph, Swoyersville; Birgit Bond and her husband, Kevin, Plymouth; and Petra Plucenik and her husband, John, Kingston; his grandchildren, River Kyle, Jennifer Lalli, Joseph Hoyt Jr., Jamie Bechtel, Kevin Bond Jr., Kayla Bond, Daniel Salvaterra, Drena Spatharos, Joshua Salvaterra, Rachael Salvaterra and John Plucenik Jr.; his numerous great-grandchildren; his brothers, Jake and Mike Guillory; his sister, Anna Guillory; numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service, which will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.

Family and friends are invited to call from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

For additional information, or to send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website, www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Herman's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Nov. 16, 2012