Harold Joseph “Joe” Herman

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.


To view a live broadcast of the Vigil Service and Mass, go to our website and click the View Live Cast button on our homepage or click on links below.

Vigil Service Link: https://boxcast.tv/view/harold-joseph-joe-herman-vigil-service-476795

Funeral Service Link: https://boxcast.tv/view/harold-joseph-joe-herman-453769



  • Jim & Corinne Daugherty Posted May 12, 2020 9:28 am

    Our sincere condolences and prayers for the Herman family.

  • Dan Herman Posted May 12, 2020 5:06 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to all family members. Uncle Joe could light up a room with laughter and that’s what I will always remember.

  • Christal Thomas Miller Posted May 12, 2020 7:53 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was always so happy & I remember his smile. God bless you. Sending up so many prayers for comfort.

  • Marylou & Mike Finn Posted May 13, 2020 1:09 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers for the whole family are with you.

  • Eddie Herman Posted May 13, 2020 2:53 pm

    For many years, the first week in November meant a trip back home to Omaha for a visit with Aunt Connie and Uncle Joe. Memories of watching Nebraska football and early mornings walking the pheasant fields up around Oakland. Big Joe was not only family, he was a larger than life friend. Heaven is a brighter place today……

  • Patrick Posted May 14, 2020 1:43 am

    So sorry for your loss , your family in my prayers .

  • Wendy Pivonka & Jason Dasenbrock Posted May 14, 2020 6:21 am

    Our sincere condolences. May the love of those surrounding you provide the comfort and peace to get you through this time.

  • Rick & Colleen Peterson Posted May 14, 2020 7:16 am

    Our deepest sympathy for your family. Joe will be missed by many! Love and prayers to all of you.

  • Kenneth Herman Posted May 14, 2020 8:05 am

    Joe and Connie had a street address in Omaha but they didn’t need one as most of us knew where the “Joe and Connie motel” was and where the hospitality was the best. On my 50 y ears of coming back to Omaha, I can only recall once once of not staying at their home (motel) and that was on their 45th wedding anniversary when I stayed with my brother. Jack at a hotel. My sympathy to Joe’s family and may His soul Rest In Peace. Ken

  • Kim Buck Posted May 14, 2020 8:13 am

    Bob, I am so sorry for your loss. Your father sounds like a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Prayers for the family as you heal from your loss.

  • Joanne Posted May 14, 2020 9:28 am

    Aunt Connie and Uncle Joe were a major part of my childhood. I remember the many trips we made to Omaha and the laughter in their house because of him. As I got older Dad and I made some trips and during that time Uncle Joe would still tease me and make me laugh. I will miss him very much. My love and prayers are with you guys.

  • Irene Herman Posted May 14, 2020 9:34 am

    Herman Family . So very sorry for your lose. God Bless all the Family.

  • Gary and Barb Nelson Posted May 14, 2020 10:45 am

    Thoughts and prayers for the whole family. Our deepest sympathy

  • Paul Rhoads Posted May 14, 2020 12:51 pm

    Thoughts and prays to you and your family. Have a blessed day.

  • Jim and Lori Hobza Posted May 15, 2020 10:03 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. It is a difficult time and even more so now. Our thoughts and prayers are with Connie and the whole family. The picture you chose of Joe is perfect. I will always remember that smile and how he loved to tease. The Finns and the Hermans always knew how to have a good time.

  • Gary and Marty Sehn Posted May 15, 2020 4:53 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. We are so very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing and your loss. God be with you all.

  • Dave & Karen Nelson Posted May 15, 2020 8:11 pm

    Dearest Connie and family,
    Our hearts are broken as yours are as well. But we will all have such wonderful memories to fall back on. Joe was a wonderful man in so many ways. He was such a jovial person and so easy to
    be with, and had a great sense of humor. Dave has so many wonderful memories of him as his brother in law and shares great memories of things they did together. I think Dave thought of him as his brother rather than a brother in law. We will miss Joe dearly. Love Dave & Karen

  • LaVonne Kulus Posted May 16, 2020 10:05 am

    Remembering the good old days with love and sympathy. So very grateful we were able to watch the service. I think he and Ken are having a great time fishing again.

  • Butch & Angela Arthers Posted May 17, 2020 6:28 am

    Joe, Paul, Leigha and family,so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad and Grandpa. You always spoke highly of him during your Belfast days, and from your words during the ceremony it was obvious that he was a good man. We miss you guys and hope that the great memories can get you through this difficult time. Take care and be safe!!

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