Gene Henry Herman
1938 - 2018
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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.

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Published in Lodi-News Sentinel from Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, 2018.
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March 19, 2019
Gene was my Great Uncle his Brother Lyle Herman was my Grandfather. Gene will be missed. Glad i had the pleasure of listening to some of his stories of my Grandfather (Lyle)
Anton Herman
October 9, 2018
It is with a heavy heart that we read about the passing of such a wonderful man. Robyn, Charlie and family, we are so sorry to hear of Coach Herman's passing. He was such an amazing role model to our son. We are forever grateful for have known such a precious gentleman. We were very fond of him and have such wonderful memories of our families cheering on the boys in the field. Please give your sweet mom a big hug for us.

We will keep your family in our prayers.

Alex and Jodie Bluhm
Alexander and Brittanie Bluhm
Las Vegas, NV
October 6, 2018
My condolences to the Herman family. Gene's mother was my Great-Aunt and I worked with Gene at Interlake. Gene coached my step-son and taught him the catcher's position. May our Lord, watch over you in this time of sorrow.
Lee Fortner
October 5, 2018
Robyn, Charlie, and family......

So sad to hear about the passing of Mr. Baseball. It was a joy to see someone share the same joy of playing and coaching the great game. I never watched him play but I know how competitive he was as a coach and I could imagine he played the same way. Coaching your children (and he grandchildren) is no greater joy and I know he just loved it. Roxanne and I pray that you have some peace knowing that he lived such a full and enjoyable life and that he'll be coming out of the corn field someday to play again. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time but we'll all be together again someday.

Roxanne & Tony
Tony Oddo
October 4, 2018
Dear Gerry, Robyn, Chip and families,

You have all been in our thoughts and prayers beginning when we first heard the news of Gene's illness. We are so sorry for your loss. It was always a joy for us to see the relationship he had with his grandkids and it put a smile on our face to see Pappy included in his name. We continue to hold all of you up to our Lord in prayer and so look forward to the day when you will all be reunited!

In deepest sympathy and with love,
Jeff and Debbie Wait
Jeff and Debbie Wait
October 3, 2018
Our sincere condolences to the Herman

Dave and Elaine Galiste
October 3, 2018
I remember Mr. Herman as a caring, family oriented, patient man. Mr. Herman was a GREAT Coach and mentor. Our sincere condolences to the Herman family.
Jaime Quesada
October 3, 2018
Gene was an amazing person, his passion for sports (baseball) was infectious. I had the honor to play MSLB with Gene in the early 90's, and he blew me away catching, even back then. The memories of that time are passed on still to this day, and many stories continue to be told. Our trips to the World Series were what the sport of baseball is all about. My condolences to the family, and know that Gene is on the starting roster in heaven.
Ron Richards
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