Harold Hermann - January 18, 2010
Harold Hermann was born on Dec. 31, 1923 in Seward County near Ruby, Neb. He was the oldest of four children born to Benjamin and Hazel Gallagher Hermann. He grew up in Bradshaw, Neb., where his parents operated a grocery store.
In 1942 Harold was inducted into the Army Air Corps during WW II. He served with a B29 bomber squadron in India and the Pacific Islands. After his discharge in 1945 he attended college at Kearney State and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he graduated with degrees in electrical engineering and business.
He began his career in rural electrification as an electrification advisor for Wheatbelt Electric in Sidney, Neb. in 1950. In 1954 he was hired as the manager of Midwest Electric Membership Corporation at Grant. He served as the manager for 32 years before retiring in 1986.
Harold was married to Mildred Rinehart of Sidney in August of 1955. One daughter, Susan, was born to this union.
While Harold was manager at Midwest, he served on many rural electric boards and committees at the state, regional and national levels–including terms as director of Tri-State G and T based out of Denver; also Basin Electric (a power cooperative) and North Central Data Cooperative–both located in North Dakota.
Harold was always civic and community minded. He served as a councilman and mayor for the City of Grant. He served as a 4-H leader for over 20 years in Cheyenne and Perkins Counties.
He served in various leadership positions in the Lions club including district governor in 1960-61 and in 2008 he received the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow for service to the Lions.
He was active in the scouting program in Grant and served as a leader and finance chairman for the Boy Scout and Explorer programs for which he was honored with Scouting’s Silver Beaver Award.
Harold was an active member of the United Methodist church and served for many years as an adult Sunday School teacher and also served the area as a certified lay speaker.
Harold had been failing in health the past several months and went to Lincoln for surgery in December. He had been transferred back to the Perkins County Community Hospital in Grant last week where he died on Monday afternoon, Jan. 18, 2010. He had reached the age of 86.
In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by his wife and his three sisters, Alice, Miriam and Phyllis.
He is survived by his daughter, Susan and her husband Todd Castelvecchi of Lindenhurst, Ill.; one step-daughter, Cheryl and her husband Mark Martel of Cedar City, Utah; one step-son, Michael Taylor of Minneapolis, Minn.; four granddaughters, Haley and Hannah Castelvecchi, Fal (Sean) Bucklin and Rachael Taylor; one grandson, Naseem Dajani; one great-granddaughter, Marissa Bucklin; special friends, Katherine Carlson and the Larry Kuskie family of Grant; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Grant United Methodist Church with Rev. Rich Savage officiating.
Burial was in the Grant Cemetery with a flag presentation by the Perkins County Veterans.
A memorial has been established at Pinnacle Bank, Box 36, Grant, NE 69140. Memorial funds will be designated at a later date.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.