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Herman W. Sheffer

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Sheffer, Herman W.

Herman W. Sheffer, 90, of Cave Creek, Arizona passed away on June 25, 2016 surrounded by family members, not able to recuperate from injuries suffered in a fall. Herman leaves his wife of the past 33 years, Mary, and five children, Dan (Angie) Sheffer of Fayetteville, Georgia, Geordie Sheffer of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sara (Todd) Handwerk of Keller, Texas, Kathy Suhr of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Marni (Fredrik) Lambeck of Uppsala, Sweden. He also leaves six grandchildren, Callie Sheffer, Victoria, Jessica and Emma Lambeck, Daniel and Duncan (Kimberly) Suhr and two great grandchildren, Kaia and Lucas.

Herman was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, but raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Ever a horse racing fan, in 1938 Herman and his father stood along the rail at Pimlico Racetrack for the celebrated match race between Sea Biscuit and War Admiral. Herman served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University in 1950 with a degree in geology, Herman played on three national championship lacrosse teams, as well as football and basketball. He began his career at Harry T. Campbell in Baltimore as a geologist, then returned to school to achieve a master's degree in Mining Engineering from New Mexico Tech in 1963. Herman resumed his career with the Federal Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, as a mining engineer, serving for 26 years until his retirement in Socorro, New Mexico, Salt Lake City, Utah, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Columbia, South Carolina, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Washington, D.C. He returned to the West in 1991, then assisting his wife Mary McKenzie in the operation of her company, Marco International, Cave Creek, Arizona.

Herman loved horse racing, golf, the Baltimore Ravens, the Washington Redskins, family, and Mary, not necessarily in that order. He was a member of the Paradise Valley Masonic Lodge in Phoenix, AZ where he served as a Master Mason.

Interment at the National Memorial Cemetery in Cave Creek, Arizona will be conducted on September 30, 2016, with a private memorial service held the following day at the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Carefree. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the .
Published in Albuquerque Journal on July 10, 2016
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