Russell Herman, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, entered into rest on his farm Monday, January 21, 2013.
A viewing was held Sunday, Jan. 27 with Rosary recited at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Melba. Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Jan 28 at St. Joseph’s. Burial followed at the Melba Cemetery with a luncheon afterwards at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Arrangements under the direction of Zeyer Funeral Chapel, Nampa. 467-7300
Russell was born on December 17, 1938, in Nampa, Idaho to Ernest and Wilma Herman and reared in Melba. Russell received his education from Melba Schools while farming side by side with his dad on the family farm. The farm was everything to Russell and he learned to work the land well, spending long days and sometimes nights, tending to the crops and livestock.
Dad married Laura Hennis and from that union a son, Robert, was born. That marriage ended and Dad continued to farm and raise Bob. Dad met his best friend and love of his life, Patty Frost, in late 1970 and wed January 18, 1971. The family grew by three, as his new wife had two young children, Cyndee and Rod. Dad took the responsibility of being a father very seriously and provided a loving home to three children. There were definitely challenges but it was nothing a little hard work and determination wouldn’t resolve.
Dad was known for his work ethic and the fairness with which he treated the people he met. Dad’s pride was making sure the farm was spotless, not a weed in the fields and everything in its place. The reward for earning top yields for several years, although Dad would never admit it, was listening to other people “brag” about his farm. It made his heart smile. It was once said that he had the healthiest and happiest cattle in the area and the cleanest crops. The farm provided the opportunity for all of us to work with Dad. Although Dad worked hard during the growing and harvest seasons, he always found time to take his family on ski trips to Bogus Basin, Brundage Mountain and Sun Valley.
Russell had been an active member of St. Joseph’s Church, where he was on the pastoral council. He always looked forward to traveling to Silver City when the Bishop celebrated Mass at Our Lady of Tears. He enjoyed hunting, four wheeling, target shooting at the Melba Gun Club and target practicing with the grandkids, sometimes inside the house! He loved the Ole Tyme Melba Fourth of July. He seldom missed a chance to attend the Snake River Stampede and the PBR. Russell loved attending his grandkids’ activities.
Russell was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Patty; son, Bob (Stephanie); daughter, Cyndee (Chris) and son, Rod; eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren and his constant companion J.R. his dog.
The family suggests contributions be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in care of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 1515 8th St. South, Nampa, ID 83651, or the Melba Quick Response Unit, P.O. Box 189, Melba, ID 83641