BRANCHVILLE - Allan M. Herdman, 96, of Branchville, died Friday, June 27, 2014, at home.
Born in West Orange, Allan spent most of his life in Frankford Township and Branchville. He was an underwriter for Selective Risk Insurance Co. in Branchville, where he also worked in risk management. A reader and devoted Christian Scientist, Allan had a very optimistic view on life. He was an accomplished photographer. His photography was featured in magazines and one of his most famous photographs, the "Letter Writer," is featured in the Brooklyn Museum. He was also an instructor of 4-H Club photography, photographed weddings, and won several awards for his photography at the New Jersey State Fair. An avid gardener, Allan enjoyed flowers, wildlife and tennis.
A United States World War II Army
veteran, Allan was shipped out from Camp Crowder on Oct. 21, 1942, to Iraq-Iran, where h worked until the time the Germans surrendered. He returned from overseas in 1945 and married Beth Upthagrove on June 2, 1945. Following a three week honeymoon at Culver Lake, they reported to the Army Relocation Center at Hotel Dennis in Atlantic City for 10 days. They returned to Camp Crowder for one month before reassignment took them back to Fort Dix. While at Fort Dix, news of Japan's surrender came and Allan's honorable discharge followed shortly thereafter.
The son of the late Allan F. and Barbara (McKeeby) Herdman, Allan was also predeceased by his wife, Beth, on March 13, 2011; his son-in-law, James Avery; his brother, Harvey Herdman; and his sister, Harriet Decker.
He is survived by a son, David A. Herdman and wife, Christine K., of Battle Creek, Mich.; his daughter, Cynthia H.Avery, of Branchville; and his grandsons, Edwin A. Herdman, Michael A. Herdman and Robert L. Avery.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday
at the Wood Funeral Home, 16 Main St., Branchville. Interment will follow in Bevans Cemetery. Memorial visitation will be held Tuesdayf rom 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may bemade to Blue Ridge Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Branchville, NJ 07826 or the Branchville Fire Department, P.O. Box 2425, Branchville, NJ 07826. Online condolences may be offered at www.woodfuneralhome.net.