Walter Hermen

Walter "Wally" Hermen


Walter “Wally” R. Herman, 58, of Hawkeye, died Monday, September 23, 2019, at his home in Hawkeye, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 27, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye with Rev. Ron Roberts officiating. Burial followed at the Hawkeye Cemetery with military rites. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Hawkeye and for one hour preceding services at the church on Friday. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye is assisting Wally’s family. Online condolences may be left at Walter Robert, son of Sylvan and Gail (Mabb) Herman was born July 4, 1961, in Postville. Wally was confirmed at West Clermont Lutheran Church. His early childhood education began at Waukon, before moving to Prairie du Chien, finishing at Valley High School. Wally would later receive his G.E.D. He served in the United States Army Reserves as a E4 in the 389th Engineer Battalion from 1978 until being honorably discharged in 1988. On May 9, 1981, he was united in marriage with Jenny Sunnes at Dutton’s Cave in West Union. To this union two children were born, Jennifer and Bradley. The family made their home in Hawkeye. Wally worked at Schwan’s, Featherlite, did exterior painting, and was a truck driver. For the last twenty years, he and his son, Bradley had operated Herman Services. Wally was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was very giving of his time and skills, and he served on the Hawkeye City Council. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, racing, being outdoors, and had an ability to fix almost anything. Wally had many things he enjoyed doing, but his greatest joy came from the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. 

Wally is survived by his wife, Jenny of Hawkeye; two children, Brad (Joyce) Herman and Jennifer Herman, both of Hawkeye; four grandchildren, Katie, Kyle, Emily, and Ashley Herman, all of Hawkeye; mother, Gail Herman of Clermont; three sisters, Judy (Marvin) Larson of West Union, Becky Pritchard of Graham, North Carolina, and Suzanne Herman of Clermont; one brother, David (Samantha) Herman of New Market, Minnesota; mother-in-law, Grace Sunnes of Hawkeye; two brothers-in-law, Marvin, Jr. (Verna) Sunnes of Hawkeye and Harlan (Rose Kintz) Sunnes of Maynard; one sister-in-law, Grace (David) Close of Marion; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his grandparents; he was preceded in death by his father, Sylvan Herman; father-in-law, Marvin Sunnes, Sr.; aunts; uncles; niece, Amy Larson; and brother-in-law, Michael Johnson, Sr.


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