Richard Charles 'Dick' Hermann, 80
Richard Charles Hermann (April 1, 2013)
Dick was born on Jan. 24, 1933, in Highland, Ill., to Erna Pabst and Ewald Emil Hermann. He grew up in Highland, Ill., and Walloon Lake, graduating from St. Louis Country Day School in 1950 and Harvard in 1954. After Officer's Candidate School at the Coast Guard Academy and subsequent deployment on the Cutter Woodbine, Dick served as commanding officer of the Loran Station in Miho, Japan.
In 1956, he married Margo Curtis in Petoskey and began working for Alton Boxboard Company in 1957. Dick remained with the company (which later was acquired by Jefferson Smurfit Corporation) until his retirement in 1995. Dick and Margo had three daughters, Joanne, Wendy and Tina, before Margo's death in 1977. In 1984, Dick married Cynthia Beadell.
Beyond his family, Dick's great loves were sailing and Walloon Lake. In his retirement, he devoted countless hours to promoting and preserving both.
Dick is survived by his wife, Cynthia, her children, Lisa Poel and Janine (Scott) McClain, his daughters, Joanne (Mark) Desmond, Wendy (Rick) Steele and Tina Harlan; his grandchildren, Stephen, Alex and Hailey Hushak, Brooke and Jake Steele, Christopher and Dylan Harlan, Jenna Estepp, Kasee (John) Bosch, Zack McClain; and four great-grandchildren. Dick is also survived by his brother, Robert (Polly) Hermann; nephews, Robert (Debbie), Barry and Montague Hermann; as well as several grand-nieces and -nephews.
A celebration of Dick's life will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the First Presbyterian Church of Petoskey.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Walloon Sailors, Inc.; Walloon Lake Association or Hospice of Little Traverse Bay.
Friends and family are welcome to share memories or offer condolences online at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.