DeWayne Cecil Hermance(1940 - 2018)

DeWayne Cecil Hermance, 77, of Welaka, Florida, and formerly of Quincy, Michigan, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida with his daughter Christine and dog Po at his side. Born August 14, 1940, in Quincy, he was the son of Wayne and Virginia (Philbrick) Hermance. De-Wayne attended Quincy High School and then enlisted in the U. S. Army serving in the Corps of Engineers. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he worked as a machinist for over 30 years at Eaton Corporation in Marshall, Michigan.
He enjoyed an active life attending church, bass fishing, deep sea fishing, bowling, hunting, riding motorcycles, watching tractor pulls and car races especially the Indianapolis 500 where he often attended the time trials and race. DeWayne also enjoyed modifying and showing cars, traveling in his RV to places where he would be near the water to enjoy picnics and watch freighters or seagoing vessels. He particularly liked visiting the Soo Locks in Sault St. Marie, Michigan or the JAXPORT Terminals on the St. Johns River near Mayport, Florida. DeWayne loved God, his family, friends, and animals. He always had a story to tell and would smile so big when telling it.

DeWayne is survived by his three daughters, Theresa Walter of Nicholasville, Kentucky, Christine (Clifton) Graw of Battle Creek, Michigan, and Barbara Smith of Nicholasville, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Nathaniel Walter, Jessica (Fabrizio) Vartuli, Keri Hermance, and Nicholas Graw; two sisters, Betty Follis of Georgia, and Ruth Inde of Union City, Michigan; several nephews and a long time friend that DeWayne considered as a brother, David Nichols of Battle Creek, Michigan.
DeWayne was preceded in death by his parents; two stepmothers, Martha Philbrick and Sarah Thatcher; one sister, Norma Hermance and a sonin- law, Dan Smith.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Dewayne will be held Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Tekonsha, Michigan Memorial contributions are suggested to the Answers in Genesis Ministry - Ark Encounter or Creation Museum. Arrangements are entrusted to Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel in Quincy.
To view this obituary or send condolences, visit

Funeral Home

Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel
111 E Chicago St Quincy, MI 49082
(517) 639-5555

Published in The Daily Reporter on Aug. 2, 2018