Martin Herman, of Cope, died Nov. 11, 2003, at his home. He was 86.
Herman was born Sept. 1, 1917, the eighth of eleven children born to Andrew and Ottilia (Schnell) Herman, at their homestead south of Cope.
Growing up, times were hard but life was good. Each day the Herman family devoted time to reading the family Bible. Herman attended Freemont School until the 8th grade. His first memory was of the Old Settler's Picnic in the Cope Grove. He was shy and stayed in the wagon because he had never been around so many strangers before. As a young man Herman and his brother Toby ran a threshing machine for Emanuel Anderson and threshed several years around the Shiloh and Suckers Flats communities. In 1941, he met Neva Yackle from Hillsdale, Kan. On Aug. 29, 1944 they were married in Oswego. To this union three children were born, Melvin Floyd on April 2, 1946, Linda Pauline on Aug. 21, 1949, and Janet Elaine on May 16, 1951. Herman was dedicated to the preservation of the old sod home as his legacy and took great pride in "the soddy".
Herman had always milked cows, so in 1971 he decided to enlarge his milking operation and put in a Grade A milking parlor with the help of his son Melvin, and his sons-in-law Laureston Brown and Jim Madsen. Herman farmed and ranched for the majority of his life. He was especially fond of the memories he shared with his close friends. They worked together and played hard. There was always time for a few games of horseshoes and a wrestling match or two.
In 1994, he and his wife celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with many friends and family. He especially enjoyed the horse drawn carriage ride to the celebration and visiting with his many lifelong friends. Herman always held a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was always willing to share his "beer" (which was actually Pepsi) or push the merry-go-round in the yard and he preferred a candy bar as his payment. His voice always changed to baby-talk when his grandchildren were around and his face would light up. In his retirement, he loved to garden, work in his barn, and play Pitch with his friends and relatives.
Herman is survived by his wife, Neva, of Cope; son Melvin (Carole) Herman, of Cope; daughters Linda (Jim) Madsen, of Craig, and Elaine (Laureston) Brown, of Cope; grandchildren Jim Madsen Jr., and wife Kellie, of Steamboat Springs, Marty (Lynnette) Herman, of Evanston, Wyo., Sharon (Gary) Cummings, of Evans, Aaron (Saralynn) Brown, of Vona, Stephanie Brown, of Anton, Angela (Craig) Cordell, of Flagler, Justin Herman, of Manhattan, Kan., and Ashlee Brown, of Greeley; thirteen great-grandchildren; brothers Albert Herman, of Oswego, and Kit Herman, of Flagler; sister, Nina Roe, of Trinidad; sister-in-law, Pauline (Hank) Broockerd, of Spring Hill; brother-in-law, Roy Yackle, of Hillsdale; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Services were Nov. 17, 2003, at Cope Community Church, in Cope, with Pastor Garland Baker officiating. Music was provided by Marilyn Van Well, who sang "Roses Will Bloom Again" and Charlotte Sherman, who sang "Silver-Haired Daddy".
Serving as honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Cope Fire Protection District, Brenner Funeral Home of Akron was in charge of arrangements.