Donald Winton HERMAN Donald Winton Herman was born in Carrington, ND on March 31, 1929 to Frederick William George and Avis Ruth (Magee) Herman. He passed away, surrounded by his loving wife and children on May 9, 2012 in Seattle, WA at the age of 83. He was the eldest of three children and is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Delores Herman Nelson (Willard) and is survived by his brother Gene Herman (Irene) of Maple Valley. Don graduated from Carrington High School in 1947 and attended North Dakota State University and Seattle University. He served in the North Dakota National Guard as a sergeant. His unit was called to duty January 1, 1951 and assigned to Company F, 164th Infantry Regiment, 47th Infantry Division, Camp Rucker, Alabama. Don moved to the Seattle area in 1952, residing near Boeing Field and began working for The Boeing Company as a draftsman in the commercial and military divisions. In 1958,he married Valeria Alice Schaack of Sykeston, ND and settled in Renton, WA . They have four children. Don retired in 1993 after 40 years with Boeing. In 2008, Don and Val celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Don and Valeria are a founding family of St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church. Don enjoyed elk hunting with his buddies, fishing and camping with his family, scouting activities, watching sports- especially football and the Mariners, cowboy movies, Charlie Russell old west artwork and taking and sharing photos of family and friends. He especially loved family vacations, holidays and celebrations big and small. Don enjoyed the planning of a party as much as the party itself.He was a keeper of the Herman family history and was a lively and entertaining storyteller. He was still very connected to his home town Carrington, ND where he would visit frequently for Company F and High School reunions as well as visiting family and friends. Don and Valeria eagerly looked forward to reading their hometown newspaper which is delivered every week. He was an enormously generous, loving and devoted husband, father, grand-father, uncle, cousin, co-worker and friend. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Don is survived by his wife Valeria and children: Gabriel (formerly Douglas Mitchell) (wife Rosanna)of Port Townsend, Edith Louise Herman of Seattle, Robert Martin (wife Michelle) of Renton and Terri Marie Simonsen (husband Barry) of Tacoma. Don adored his nine grandchildren: Margarete, Breanna, Jesse, Elias, Matthew, David, Anthony, Jacob and Hailey. A funeral service will be held atSt. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church (13055 SE 192nd St. Renton, WA) on Thursday, May 17th at 11.00 am. A reception will follow in the church social hall. Arrangements made by Greenwood Memorial Park and Funeral Home (425-255-1511).A graveside service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery (18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA, phone: 425-413-9614) on Friday, May 18th at 9:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Boy Scouts of America or the Boeing Employee Good Neighbor Fund.
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Published in The Seattle Times on May 16, 2012