Tom Herman was Timber Lake gas station owner for 45 years
Mass of Christian Burial for Tom Herman, 73, of Timber Lake was held Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Timber Lake.
Burial was in Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Tom passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Tom was born June 30, 1940, at Mobridge to Alvin and Minerva (VanderMark) Herman. He attended Fire-steel School, then St. Joseph’ Catholic School, and Timber Lake High School, graduating in 1958. Tom worked on the family farm, helped on the neighbor’s farm, and in the coalmine during the winter months.
In September 1963 he joined the United States Army and was honorably discharged in September 1965.
On Dec. 29, 1965, Tom married Clara Ann Scherr at Holy Cross Catholic Church.
On Jan.1, 1969, Tom and Clara purchased the service station from Art Hagen. It became Herman’s Service, which he operated for 45 years and is still run by his sons, 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; three sons, Thomas and Robert both of Timber Lake, and James of Watertown; four daughters; Kathy (Kelly) Maag of Watertown, Delores of Denver, Colo., Barbara of Bismarck, N.D., and Loretta (Bruce) Schmidt of Rapid City; and grandchildren, Elizabeth, Alyson, Jacob, Connor, Trinity, Alyssa, Gabriel and Chloe. Also surviving are two brothers, Gerald Herman of Brigham City, Utah, and Jay (Audrey) Herman of Mandan, N.D.; and two sisters, Jane (Alan) Scheef of Racine, Wis., and Catherine (Dennis) Bresee of Moorhead, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister-in-law, Barbara Herman.