DeKALB – Herman Hearn, 96, passed away Nov. 14, 2012.|
Born April 1, 1916, near Pittsburg, Ill., the son of James VanCleve and Alpha Daisy (Deering) Hearn, he married Grace (Malone) on Dec. 23, 1939, with whom he spent 54 years until her death in 1994.
Herman left home at the age of 16 to husk corn for a farmer in northern Illinois. He did seasonal work for various farmers in central and northern Illinois for the next seven years, spending the winters at home with his parents in southern Illinois. He then worked full-time as a hired man until 1945 when he rented a farm in Victor Township where he lived for 25 years and raised his family. For many of these years he was a custodian and Sunday school superintendent at Suydam U.M.C. and a leader for the Victor 4-H club.
In 1969, he began work at Barber Greene Co. in DeKalb until his retirement in 1982. For 30 years he made his home in Sycamore, and at the age of 85 went to live at Barb City Manor.
He is survived by four children, Janice (Les) Yauslin of Sioux Falls, S.D., Ward (Cheryl) Hearn of Somonauk, Nancy (Dewey) Morrison of Quincy and Joe Hearn of Earlville; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Gladys Pulley of Marion; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Grace; sister, Ruby Duffy; and brothers, Raymond, Carl, Eugene, George and Clarence Hearn.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home, 13160 W. Route 34, Somonauk, with Dr. Dennis Pulley officiating. Burial will follow at Victor Cemetery in rural Leland. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 until the time of service at the funeral home.
Memorials can be directed to Barb City Manor of DeKalb or the
For more information or to sign the online guest book, visit www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com; 815-498-2363.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Nov. 16, 2012