Harold Joseph “Joe” Herman
April 3, 1929 – May 10, 2020
Harold Joseph Herman “Joe” passed peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, May 10, 2020.
He was preceded in death by brother, Jack Herman; son-in-law, Jim Johnston; and grandson, Ryan Morey. Survived by wife, Connie; children: Patty Johnston (Bill); Jeanne Riveria; Joe Herman (Tracey); Kathleen Morey (Frank); Mary Neujahr (Kevin); and Robert Herman (Melissa); brother, Kenneth Herman; brother, Edward Herman; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Harold Joseph Herman “Joe” was born on April 3, 1929 to Bert and Johanna Herman on a farm outside of Definance, Iowa. Joe moved to Omaha when he was 3 and attended St. Patrick’s grade school and St. Joseph’s High School. He was a Korean War veteran and served in the Air Force. Joe worked on the Air Fire and Rescue crew and was stationed in England. He returned to Omaha after serving in the military and worked for 43 years as a brakeman for the Union Pacific Railroad.
Joe met his wife, Connie, in 1958 when she was in nursing school. They met at the Cozy Corner Café in Omaha. They were married and raised 6 children: Patty, Jeanne, Joe, Kathy, Mary and Bob.
Joe was involved in coaching his sons and daughters in many sports and was an avid spectator at all of his children’s activities. After he retired from his career with the railroad, Joe and Connie spent time in Port Aransas, Texas, and summers fishing at Dead Lake in Minnesota. Joe spent lots of time attending the many activities of his grandchildren including sporting events and music concerts. His booming voice could easily be heard by his grandchildren as he yelled words of encouragement on the field. Joe loved to fish, was an avid Husker fan and was a huge supporter of the Kansas City Royals taking his first trip there to see a game for his 90th birthday in 2019.
Joe passed away on May 10, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He touched the lives of many people during his 91 years. He will be remembered for his love and devotion to his wife and family, his amazing sense of humor and his kind heart.
VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Friday, May 15th from 5pm to 6pm, at St. Gerald Catholic Church followed by Family VIGIL SERVICE at 6pm followed by Remarks. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, May 16th, 10am, St. Gerald Catholic Church. INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery with military honors by Offutt and Millard Am. Legion Post 374 & VFW Post 8334.
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