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Raymond Herman

1921 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Raymond Herman Obituary
After 93 years of life on this earth, Ray has been called home to spend eternity with his Lord and Savior, Jesus on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Ray was born in Chester, PA to Raymond and Nellie (Phillips) Herman. He spent his early years in Chester with many fond memories including playing pool in local pool halls against some of the best players of the day. As a child he was a self-taught musician, starting with a ukulele that he earned by selling ointment door to door, he also played the guitar, piano and organ without ever being able to read a single note of music. Ray enjoyed music his entire life.

In 1942 Ray met and married the love of his life, Hazel Johnson. In 1943 Ray wanted to serve his country and "signed up." He passed all tests and requirements to become a combat pilot but an unknown medical problem stood in the way. He was not able to fly but proudly served in the US Army Air Force Air Transport Command as a loading technician in British Guiana until the end of WWII. Ray was employed by Catalytic Construction for 30 years, mostly at the Getty Refinery in Delaware City. He retired in 1986. During and after his working years Ray was active in and a past president of the Flying "A" Square Club. Ray was proud to be a life time member of Chester Masonic Lodge #236.

The story of how Hazel bought their first home in 1958, in Claymont, DE, for a down payment of only $5 has been told many times. Ray and Hazel raised their only child, Ed, in this home. Ray and Hazel resided in their home for 45 years until God called Hazel home in 1999. Many of those years they shared their home with both Hazel and Ray's mothers.

After Hazel's death, Ray moved to the Middletown area to live with his son, Ed and daughter-in-law, Carole. Ray made many new friends in his new hometown and became a "regular" at the Middletown Diner. At the diner, around town and by most everyone who knew him, Ray was simply known as "Poppy".

Poppy was an avid sports fan, especially enjoying the Phillies and the Eagles. His other passion was live theater and over the years was able to meet and have conversations with several stage, screen and television personalities. Poppy also enjoyed travel and cruising with Hazel and in later years, spending time in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Ray is predeceased by his wife, Hazel and his sister, Virginia Crystle.

He is survived by his son R. Edward Herman and his wife, Carole, his two precious granddaughters, Tara L. Grant and Tiffany A. Herman, two great grandsons, Kevin E. Grant and Steven J. Grant all of Newark, DE. In addition, he leaves behind his niece, Joanne Hartley (Charles), nephews, Robert Johansen, Jim Johnson (Marianne) and Don Johnson (Susie). The family would also like to thank Ray's very dear, close friend, Sherrie Vaughn for all the love, support and daily time they spent together.

Services will be held on Friday, June 13 at 11 am at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, DE. Visitation will be from 10-11 am. Interment will be private at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Ray's memory to Connection Community Church Building Fund, 100 W. Green St., Middletown, DE 19709 or the Benevolence Fund of Westminster Presbyterian Village,1175 McKee Rd, Dover, DE 19904

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Published in Middletown Transcript from June 9 to June 15, 2014
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