OBITUARY: Dennis R. Herman

Dennis R. Herman died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, in Wichita.

Dennis was born Oct. 24, 1946, the only child of John T. and Mildred I. (Holiday) in Ashland. He attended Ashland schools, graduating in 1964. Following graduation, he worked for Bliss Plumbing in Ashland.

Along with his best friend, Ivan, he enlisted in the Navy in February 1966. Following basic training at Port Hueneme, he was assigned to the MCB 11. His first tour of duty in Vietnam was in Dong Ha from April through December 1967, and 30 days were served in Khe-Shan. His second tour was in Quang-Tri from May 1968 through February 1969. He was granted an early release from the Navy.

In May 1969, he joined the Kansas Gas Service as a pipe fitter, later becoming a project manager; he worked as a plumber for Brookshier Plumbing. He was hired by Halstead Hospital, originally as a maintenance worker, later becoming the director of maintenance, housekeeping and security, where he remained for 20 years.

While residing in Halstead, he was a member of the Men’s Club at Sacred Heart Church, a volunteer of the Halstead Fire Department and a Reserve Officer of the Halstead Police Department. He worked as a project manager at Central Air Conditioning for seven years and at Nabholz Construction for eight years. Following retirement, he enjoyed attending and supporting his grandkids’ many sporting events and other activities. He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, fishing at Table Rock Lake, watching his granddaughter ride horses, and watching K-State and KC Chiefs football. He was proud to be a Navy Seabee Vietnam Veteran.

He married Joanne Preisner on Aug. 16, 1969, in Ashland, and she survives of the home in Newton. He also is survived by those who made him both proud and happy–his children, Clint (Carrie) of Halstead and Jeni (Donald) of Newton and grandsons Cole and Connor Herman and his “favorite” granddaughter, Jaeann James.

He also is survived by sisters-in-law Jeanne Sturgeon (Ron) of Hutchinson, Darlene Preisner of Denver and Jan Preisner of Topeka, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law Frank, Jim and Bob Preisner and sister-in-law Virginia Inman.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 16, at Sacred Heart Church, Halstead, with Father Andrew Heiman officiating. Inurnment and Naval Honors will follow at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Kansas Learning Center for Health, in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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