Robert Lee Herman
1936 ~ 2010
Dad was born in Scottsbluff Nebraska on May 7, 1936. He was the third child of Henry and Grace Herman. When Dad was very young the family moved to Riverton, Wyoming. Dad went to school and was married to Vonnie Wiechlman in Riverton. While in Riverton three children were born and a fourth child was born in Dawson Creek British Columbia.
Dad's family ran a family business that included trucking, feedlots and an equipment dealership. In 1966, Dad and Mom decided to move their family to Dawson Creek British Columbia, and in 1967 Dad also bought land in Flatrock, BC. The family lived in Dawson Creek until the fall of 1972 and we then moved out to Flatrock to live on the farm. The family lived on the farm until it was sold in 1979 and then moved back to Dawson Creek where Dad and Mom lived until their passing.
Dad was always a truck driver. He would always be gone for extended periods of time hauling logs, freight, equipment, or whatever the job required. He would always tell you his passion was to run the Alaska Highway, he had trucked all over North America, but his favorite run was north to Alaska. He first ran north to Alaska in 1967 and was hooked from there on. I was able to run north with Dad and one of my memories was while running double on our way back from Anchorage, I stopped to take a pee break and check the tires. When I got back in the truck to take off I slammed the door, as soon as the door closed a hand appeared on my shoulder tightly gripping it and explaining that while running team you never slam the door. Another memory for me was a time the whole family was getting ready to go to the fall fair and Dad had lost his wallet while out harrowing. The whole family was called in to search for the brown wallet in a 40 acre field, Dad had told us that if we found the wallet we could have all the money in it for rides a the fair. We found the wallet and did enjoy the fall fair.
Another story Grant and I know well is the giant peace sign and the Herman name written in a field where Grant and I were supposed to be plowing down fescue. Grant had came up with the idea of using the harrows to mat the grass down and imprint a peace sign and the Herman name, the only problem was a neighbor was out flying that day and saw the handy work created by Grant and I. When we were questioned about the artistry we had to confess.
Dad was predeceased by his parents Henry and Grace Herman, brother Harvey Herman, sister Evelyn Long and his grandsons Kyle Herman and Carsten Herman
Das is survived by son and daughter in-law Grant and Karen Herman of Victoria BC, son and daughter in-law Greg and Elsa Herman of Fort Nelson BC, daughter and son in-law Danita and Ken Nastrom of Campbell River BC and son and daughter in-law Glenn and Becky Herman of Bay tree AB as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on August 24, 2010 with Pastor Gary Henderson officiating. Interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Bob, may be made by donation to the ‘Dawson Creek & District Hospital Foundation’ 11100 – 13th Street, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 3W8.