Mass of Christian Burial for Tom Herman age 73 of Timber Lake will be 10:00 AM Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Timber Lake. Burial will be in the Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge, SD. Visitation will be Friday, February 7, 2014 starting at 6:00 PM with a Rosary at 7:00 PM at the church. Tom passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Tom was born June 30, 1940 at Mobridge to Alvin and Minerva (VanderMark) Herman. Tom attended Firesteel School, then St. Joseph' Catholic School, and Timber Lake High School graduating in 1958. Tom worked on the family farm, helped on the neighbors farm, and the coal mine during the winter months. In September 1963 he joined the United States Army and was Honorably discharged in September 1965.
On December 29, 1965 Tom married Clara Ann Scherr at the Holy Cross Catholic Church. On January 1, 1969 Tom and Clara purchased the service station from Art Hagen which became Herman's Service which he operated for 45 years and is still run by his son's Bob and Tommy.
Tom was a volunteer fireman, ambulance driver, an EMT, member and Commander of the American Legion, remodeled the American Legion into the Timber Lake Clinic, Patrolman for the Timber Lake Police for several years, member of the Knights of Columbus, 3&4 degree, member of the historical society, cemetery board, and was on the City Council for a number of years.
Tom is survived by his wife; Clara Ann of Timber Lake, 3 sons; Thomas and Robert both of Timber Lake, and James of Watertown, SD. 4 daughters; Kathy (Kelly) Maag of Watertown, SD, Delores of Denver, CO;, Barbara of Bismarck, ND and Loretta (Bruce) Schmidt of Rapid City, SD. Grandchildren; Elizabeth, Alyson, Jacob, Connor, Trinity, Alyssa, Gabriel and Chloe. Also surviving are 2 brothers; Gerald Herman of Brigham City, UT, Jay (Audrey) Herman of Mandan, ND. 2 sisters; Jane (Alan) Scheef of Racine, WS and Catherine (Dennis) Bresee of Moorhead, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister-in-law; Barbara Herman.