Hermans, Harold J.
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With faith in the resurrection of Jesus, we offer our prayers for Harold "Harry" Hermans, lifelong resident of Green Bay, who entered eternal life Friday evening, April 19, 2013. He was 92.
People who met Harry spoke of him as one of the kindest and selfless men they have ever met. Words he used to describe others that could easily be turned around toward him such as, "peach of a guy," and "scholar and a gentleman."
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Ellen (Carew) Hermans, his wife of 67 years. Often noted as being adorable together, perfect strangers had paid Harry and Ellen's dinner bill at a restaurant simply because they saw the caring interaction between Ellen and Harry.
Born August 1, 1920, Harry was a 1938 graduate of St. Norbert High School and veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corp in Hobbs, N.M. Upon returning to Green Bay, he served in the U.S. Postal Service, then the Brown County Library until his retirement in 1989. He was a long time member at St. Patrick's parish and most recently attended St. Willebrord Catholic Church.
Harry enjoyed time outdoors and earned his Eagle Scout in the Nicolet Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In Scouting he was the Order of the Arrow Chief of the Black Diamond and first Lodge Chief of Chequah Lodge. He spent time at Lake Noquebay and Grindle Lake.
In October 2012, he had taken part in the Old Glory Honor Flight Mission 16 to Washington D.C., where he and other World War II veterans received a tour of the Washington war memorials and were thanked for their service.
A self-taught handyman, Harry and Ellen built their family's cottage on the Little Wolf River in Waupaca County.
Harry is survived by his two sons, Michael and Patrick (Belinda); four grandchildren, Sean (Jill), Colleen, Zachary (Becky) and Amanda Beguhn (Clint); four great-grandchildren; a brother, Vincent "Vin" (Doris) Hermans; a brother-in-law, Tom Hogan; a sister-in-law, Mercedes Hermans; a brother-in-law, Garret (Ruth) Carew; a sister-in-law, Kay Abel; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen; three brothers, Leo, Frank (Geri), and infant, Joseph; two sisters, Mary and Evelyn (Eddie).
Friends may call at St. Willebrord Catholic Church, 209 S. Adam St., in the Fr. Ken DeGroot Center from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church with Rev. Andrew G. Cribben, O.Praem officiating. Burial will be in Old Sacred Heart Cemetery, Manawa. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
Special thanks to Dr. Richard Greene and his nurse, Arlene, and Dr. Daniel Ripp for their care.
Blaney Funeral Home
1521 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, WI 54303
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Apr. 21, 2013