Alan James “Jim” Hermsen, 75, of Baker City, died Aug. 3, 2005, at his home in the presence of his loving wife, Lucille.
His funeral was Monday at the Agape Christian Center. Pastor Garth Johnson officiated.
Jim was born on Nov. 10, 1929, at Baker City to Alban and Mae Hermsen. He attended Brooklyn Elementary School at Baker City and then moved to Union. He was a 1947 graduate of Union High School. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1948 and was stationed at San Diego.
Jim married Lucille Davis Hogge on June 5, 1966. They enjoyed 39 years of married life.
Jim ran G and H Cement Products in Baker City until 1983. He then developed and operated Ja-Lu Rentals until 1987. Jim and Lucille moved to Lodi, Calif., in 1988 where they lived for two years before returning to Baker City.
In their retirement, Jim and Lucille took the opportunity to visit the University of the Nations in Hawaii in 1993 and 1994. They traveled on an outreach mission to Romania in 1994. They returned to Baker City where they lived until Jim’s death.
Jim loved music and travel, especially traveling all over the country to attend Full Gospel Businessmen’s meetings. He was secretary of the Baker City group.
The Hermsens had been very active in the Agape Christian Center church where Jim served as an elder for many years.
Survivors include his loving wife, Lucille; his stepchildren, Judy Kennedy of Boise, Lynn and Kathy Hogge of Baker City, Barry and Connie Hogge of Coos Bay and Mark and Gail Hogge of Pendleton; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; his uncle, Wayne “Bud” Hardwick; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alban and Mae.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Agape Christian Center or a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 12, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor