Herman J. Guillory

Nov. 14, 2012

Herman J. Guillory, 87, a resident of Kingston, passed away Wednesday morning, Nov. 14, 2012, at Manor Care Health and Rehabilitation Center, Kingston.

Born on April 21, 1925, in Lake Charles, La., Herman was a son of the late Medrick and Silvonia (Fretty) Guillory.

A United States Merchant Marine veteran, Herman honorably served his country during World War II.

Prior to his retirement, Herman worked as a civilian employee for the Merchant Marines.

Everyone dies, but not everyone knows how to live, Herman had the opportunity to live and he seized it! As a Merchant Marine, he saw the world many times over, but in the end, he learned to appreciate home the most.

He had a stubborn and independent spirit like no other, he gave more than he took, and the bridges he burnt he worked to rebuild. He gave love and was loved! He will be missed by all those who knew him.

Herman knew God, he could not wait to make the final journey to his heavenly home. We should celebrate, not mourn. He could not use his legs later in life, but now he dances with the angels. No more wheelchairs, no more nurses and no more confines of linen. Time to dance, Herman, time to dance!

In addition to his parents, Medrick and Silvonia Guillory, Herman was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence and Ike, and his sisters, Christine and Rita.

Herman is survived by his wife, the former Ruth I. Knosel, Kingston; his daughters, Andrea Kyle and her husband, Edward, Kingston; Rose Hoyt and her husband, Joseph, Swoyersville; Birgit Bond and her husband, Kevin, Plymouth; Petra Plucenik and her husband, John, Kingston; grandchildren, River Kyle, Jennifer Lalli, Joseph Hoyt Jr., Jamie Bechtel, Kevin Bond Jr., Kayla Bond, Daniel Salvaterra, Drena Spatharos, Joshua Salvaterra, Rachael Salvaterra and John Plucenik Jr.; his numerous great-grandchildren; his brothers Jake and Mike Guillory; his sister Anna Guillory; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held today at 5 p.m. at the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Family and friends are invited to call on today from 3 until 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

For additional information or to send the family an online message of condolence, visit the funeral home website at www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Herman's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


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Published in Times Leader on Nov. 17, 2012