Gene Henry Herman (Pappy) went to be with the Lord on September 26, 2018 after a short illness. He was born on June 11, 1938 to parents Henry and Millie (Seibel) Herman. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in South Korea where he was a courier to the DMZ. After military service he worked for Lodi Fab, retiring after 31 years. During this time he was also an auxiliary sheriff for 7 years. After building a home on 10 acres, Gene farmed grapes for 28 years.
On March 6, 1960 he married the love of his life Gerry (Koehn) and they were together for 58 wonderful years, having two children; Robyn and Chip. Gene enjoyed his grandchildren's sporting events, dances and drama performances. He coached his son and grandsons in their Babe Ruth, Senior Babe, American Legion, All-Star and winter leagues. He also started the mens hardball team Vintage 40's with his brother-in-law Don Schmollinger. Gene played on a Sacramento team that went to the Arizona World Series, winning four world series rings. He played as catcher, even catching the same year, 10 weeks after having a quintuple bypass surgery!
Gene is preceded in death by parents Henry and Millie, brothers Lyle and Gary, and sister June Barker.
Gene is survived by his wife Gerry, daughter Robyn (Charlie) Giuffra, son Gene 'Chip' (Mari) Herman II, grandchildren Chris (Jaime), Matt (Danielle), Tessa, Nick (Veronica), Lacey (Will) Rodgers, Gene Henry Herman III 'C.J.', great grandchildren Carlie Giuffra, Joshua and Leo Giuffra, Harley and Griffey Rodgers.
Gene knew the Lord, was baptized at English Oaks and attended Temple Baptist Church (Grace Point) faithfully where he enjoyed the sermons of Pastor Perry.
Services will be private.
Donations can be made to Gideons International.
Published in Lodi-News Sentinel from Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, 2018.