James Charles “J.C.” Herod was born Sept. 13, 1925, seven miles north of Craig, to Ray and Elnora (Daum) Herod.
His high school career was momentarily interrupted after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, when he decided to join the U.S. Navy.
J.C. served aboard the Lunga Point, a flattop carrier, during World War II.
On April 2, 1945, he was wounded while helping push a burning kamikaze airplane off the ship. For that courageous act, he was awarded the Purple Heart and a Presidential Citation.
After his honorable discharge, J.C. returned to Craig, finished high school, and he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service as the town’s first walking mail carrier.
His route was calculated after 13 years and it was determined he walked enough miles to wrap the earth three-and-a-half times.
On Dec. 17, 1946, J.C. married Florine I. Lovelett, and together they raised four children.
J.C. and Florine retired in 1980 and spent 22 remarkable winters in Yuma, Ariz., where they learned to golf, went bowling, took trips on “The Buffalo Bus,” went on cruises, and made so many extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime friends.
J.C. was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ and spent his last 11 years in Fruita.
He died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, with love in his heart, and the hearts of all those connected to him.
J.C. is survived by his wife of 65 years, Florine; sisters Blanche Pippitt and Lillian Decker, both of Casper, Wyo.; children Jan Stone, of Chandler, Ariz., Linda (Bob) Linville, of Flaming Gorge, Utah, Jim Herod, of Flaming Gorge, Utah, and Jerry (Sheri) Herod, of Craig; grandchildren Jason Herod, Dustin Herod, Chris Herod, Lindsay Dickinson, Stacey Rauch, Jeff Stone, Gina Norat, and Christopher James Herod Campbell; and nine great-grandchildren.