LONG BEACH - Michael W. (Mike) Herman, 58, lifelong resident of the Long Beach Peninsula, died suddenly Aug. 15, 2007, at Ocean Beach Hospital.
Mr. Herman was born Nov. 10, 1948, in Portland, Ore., to William and Margaret (Hamilton) Herman Sr. One of nine children, he attended Chinook Grade School and Ilwaco High School where he played football. The family lived near Megler by the ferry dock, before and while the Astoria Bridge was being built.
On Dec. 13, 1969, he married Janet Schuyler in Long Beach. She survives him. He worked as a Long Beach City Policeman for four years, then worked as a truck driver before being hired by the State Department of Transportation and retired from there after 29 years on the job. For the past eight years he operated his own firewood business. He enjoyed doing cords of wood for special customers to keep them warm and delivering bundles of wood to stores and RV Parks in the area. The family will continue the firewood legacy in his honor.
Mr. Herman played men's softball and later coached the Chico's Pizza women's softball team for many years. He loved to hunt and fish, as well as camp with friends and family during elk season. A favorite pastime was having coffee with his buddies. He was active in the Grace Family Fellowship in Seaview, where he loved being involved with and leading the worship singing team.
In addition to his wife of 37 years, he is survived by daughters Paula Herman of Long Beach and Tammy (Steve) Long of Mississippi; brothers Paul Weitzel of Florida, Dennis (Debbie) Herman of Bellevue, Billy (Tami) Herman of Long Beach, Ronnie (Lori) Herman of Long Beach; sisters Barbara (Lee) Wolf of Nemah, Patsy (Stan) Black of Castle Rock and Joanie (Greg) Rekart of South Bend; grandchildren Seth and Whitleigh Long as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Donald Herman and Donald's daughter Donnie.
His extended family includes Jerry and Gloria Schuyler of Fresno, Calif., and Nancy and Jack Gulden of Long Beach; his "chosen" family, Miss Vivian Upward of Long Beach, John and Jan Willard of Long Beach, Alma Davis of Vancouver and Don and Sue Sanna of Longview as well as his wonderful church family at Grace Family Fellowship. He had so many "special" friends, neighbors, hunting and fishing buddies that he loved very much, and the most recent children that the Lord brought to him and his family are Randy and Rea Wynn and their family.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m., at the Grace Family Fellowship in Seaview. A reception will follow. Arrangements are entrusted to Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.