LeRoy L. Herrman, “Herrman the German”, age 87, joined the Lord Tuesday, September 15, 2020, surrounded by his family at Via Christi in Hays, KS. LeRoy started his life on February 21, 1933, where he was born and raised in Liebenthal, KS. His parents were Reinhold and Emma (Wolf) Herrman.
LeRoy graduated from LaCrosse High School, where his love of music excelled. His second, but most important love, was Bernice (Basgall) whom he married on October 15, 1952, in Hays, KS. They were coming up on their 68th wedding anniversary.
After graduation, LeRoy joined the Marine Corp, where he played in the Marine Corp Band. After that, he came back to Hays in 1956, to start Herrman Electric with his favorite helper, “Bernice the Boss”. Around 1967, they started Shady Rest Campground, which eventually began the Camper & RV Center in 1972. They were now selling RVs, doing electrical work, trucking, and harvesting. In 1981, Herrman the German and Bernice the Boss moved north of Interstate and started Great Plains Chrysler Ply-Dodge, along with the Camper and RV Center. LeRoy and Bernice eventually sold the dealership and moved the Camper and RV Center to its current location south of Hays on Old 40 Highway.
While building their business and raising a family, Brenda and Roger, LeRoy was also busy gathering his band, “The Herrmanettes”. The Herrmanettes consisted of LeRoy, his brothers, Artie, Ron and Vernon, son, Roger, nephew, Randy, and many other players over the years. The band played polka, rock, and country music all over Midwest Kansas, venturing into Colorado, for over 40 years. LeRoy met a lot of people during that time and helped them enjoy life to the fullest.
LeRoy and Bernice were very involved with Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church where LeRoy was a member of the 4th Degree Bishop Cunningham Assembly of Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of American Legion Post #173 and V.F.W. Post 9076. LeRoy was a proud veteran of the US Marine Corp and helped establish the local Marine Corp League. He was also a previous Pay Master and Commandant for the local Edwin Schumacher League #740, all of Hays, KS.
When he did not have a ‘gig’ for the weekend, it was camping, boating, and fishing with his family and friends. We will miss you tremendously!
Survivors include his wife, Bernice Herrman of the home; daughter, Brenda Marie Herrman-Morrissey, Hays, KS; son, Roger L. Herrman, Hays, KS; two grandchildren, Jacine Marie Morrissey and Spencer L. (Megan) Herrman; five great-grandchildren, Lindsey (Dominique) Rodriguez, Brayden Grizzle, Jaide Herrman, Scarlett Herrman, and Adaline Herrman; brother, Ron (Theresa) Herrman, Austin, TX; sisters, Velma Carver, Liebenthal, KS, Marilyn (Harold) Randa, Manhattan, KS, and Karen Herrman-Jarmer, Bay City, MI; sister-in-law, Lillian Basgall, Hays, KS; brothers-in-law, Alfred Basgall, Denver, CO, Tom Basgall, Salina, KS, Ted Basgall, Hays, KS, and Darrell (Caroline) Basgall, Dallas, TX; cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Vernon and Artie Herrman.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, September19, 2020, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 18th & Vine Hays, Kansas. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, Kansas with military honors by the Hays V.F.W. Post No. 9076.
A vigil service and Knights of Columbus/Daughters of Isabell rosary will be at 7:00 P.M. Friday, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601. The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard form 6:30 to 7:00 P.M. Friday.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. Friday, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays and from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. Saturday, at the church.
The family suggests memorials to the Edwin A. Schumacher Marine Corps League Detachment #740 in care of the mortuary.
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