Richard Louis “Dick” Herman, 61, of Baker City, died peacefully on May 22, 2005, at his home with his family at his side.
His funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Jon Privett of the First Nazarene Church will officiate. He will be buried at Mount Hope Cemetery next to his daughter, Dr. Suzanne Farebrother. Visitations will be today until 8 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co.
Dick was born Dec. 13, 1943, at East Chicago, Ind. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Calumet City, Ill. He was united in marriage to Nancy Lang at the same church on Aug. 4, 1962. They were elementary school sweethearts who met at Lincoln Elementary School in Calumet City.
Dick was a graduate of Thornton Fractional North High School and went on to college at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill. He worked at various companies such as: Simmons Co., International Paper Inc., Chromaly Electronics, Motorola, S&R Industries, and IBM, where he worked as a mechanical engineer/scientist. While at IBM he received five U.S. patents, wrote 12 technical publications and received many outstanding achievement awards. He retired from IBM in 1994 and started his own engineering business. He also worked in Baker City on architectural design plans on commercial and private buildings including: OTEC, Pioneer Bank, Stump Dodger Station, and several homes.
His favorite sport was fishing.
Dick is survived by his wife, Nancy; his daughters, Sheri and Dannielle; his son, Gregory; his brothers, Leslie and Robert; his sister, Janice; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Bernice; and by his daughter, Dr. Suzanne Farebrother, M.D.
Contributions in Dick’s memory may be made to the University of Texas Medical Branch, Suzanne Farebrother Memorial, in care of Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 27, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor