Carl David Herman

 

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Carl David Herman

Carl David Herman of Duvall, WA, was born on July 27, 1929, and passed into eternity at the age of 91 on Friday, December 4, 2020, due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. His parents, Albert and May Herman, lived in Redmond when he was born, but moved to Duvall when he was nine years old. Carl was the last surviving of five siblings. His oldest sister, Ruth Bellamy, passed away in July this year; his older brother, Clive, died in infancy; his younger sisters, Nora Bellamy and Gail Herman, also preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Renetta, his sons, Bruce and Wayne, his daughter, Charlene, nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren, along with many nephews, nieces, great-nieces, and great-nephews. After graduation from Monroe Union High School Carl met the love of his life, Renetta Mae Wall. They were married in 1952 after Renetta graduated from high school and they began life together with Carl working as a farmhand in the Snoqualmie Valley.

Carl served two years in the Army as an artillery member of the post-Korean War peacekeeping force. He was honorably released as a sergeant in January 1955 and returned to the farm. Carl’s working career included stints as a farmhand, a truck driver, wholesale lumber and hardware salesman, and warehouse manager. Wherever Carl worked he endeared himself to co-workers and customers alike who appreciated Carl’s sense of humor, hard work, professionalism, and friendship. He retired from Gascoigne Lumber Company in 1997 with a job title of, “Mr. Everything”, but continued to do piecework for them well into his retirement years.

Carl was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved and provided for his family and made their spiritual development a priority. Carl encouraged his children’s success in school and in sports, supported their interests, and always sought along with Renetta to nurture their relationship with God. Faithful church involvement was a priority for him and Westminster Chapel of Bellevue, WA, was his church home for the past fifty years. Carl enjoyed traveling with Renetta whenever the opportunity arose, including cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska, a tour of Israel, and a visit to South Africa.

Carl’s life was marked by deep friendships in all spheres—family, work, church, and community. He was well known for his verbal and practical jokes and tenderhearted love for his family, friends, and their friends. Even at the Regency Care Center of Monroe where Carl spent most of his final year he was well-loved by the staff and fellow residents. Carl leaves a legacy of love, laughter, and life-giving friendship.

We celebrate his welcome into Glory by his Lord and Savior. Our family looks forward to someday enjoying his “heavenly” humor.

The family encourages those who would like to do so to make gifts in memoriam to NW Parkinson’s Foundation, 7525 SE 24th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040, by calling (206) 946-6518, or at https://nwpf.org/give/.

3 Responses to “Carl David Herman”

  • Bruce Herman says:

    Dad was my hero, this last year was especially difficult for him and the family; due to Covid the family was not allowed inside the building to see him. He missed his wife and home so much yet he perked up whenever we visited him from the window. He entertained the staff with his jokes and made friends with many in his stay of 11 months. He kept busy drawing and coloring his pictures; the staff loved him and quite a few came into see him the last 3 days to say goodbye. I don’t know how many days it will be before I see him again but I know without a doubt that it will be soon. Love you Dad.

  • Terri Herman says:

    Carl was such a good father-in-law to me. He welcomed me into his family with a warm heart and the love of Jesus. He included me in his practical jokes by giving me 14 earrings made out of carrots one year for my birthday. He was truly a farmer at heart! Carl was good with people, animals and growing things. His help with our home projects was always valued. Carl’s prayers at the table were never lavish or spectacular but always full of faith that God was listening and acting on our behalf. He was a fun “papa” for our kids and also for his great grandchildren. We missed Carl’s physical presence this year but always enjoyed seeing his smile while visiting at the window.
    Love you dad, look forward to when we meet again. Terri

  • Matt Sato says:

    It has been my great honor to have known Carl for over 15 years as I have had the privilege to join the Herman family, marrying his granddaughter Kelli. Never have I met anyone who with so few words can exude such love and care for his family. What a stellar example of Christian faith and leadership. I will always think back fondly of game nights playing Canasta against Kelli and Renetta. “Good girls vs the Bad boys”. As one of the last real cowboys that I knew I would like to dedicate a poem to Carl, written by my grandma.

    A Cowboys Blessing:

    A cowboy doesn’t ask for much, he does what he is told
    He will bring the herd in every time ignoring the wet and cold

    I want to thank that cowboy, and wish him all God’s best
    With a little appreciation, He will do the rest

    I don’t want to be too fancy, it is not the cowboy way
    So I will just tip my hat, and here is what I have to say:

    May you always ride good horses, may your lariat never kink.
    May you find sweet stream of plenty, where a herd and horse can drink.
    I pray that on your range good grass will always grow, may the weather be your friend and blizzards never blow.
    And when you trail the cattle in, on the day of your last ride
    May you find that you are worthy to cross that Great Divide

    – Helen Losleben

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