Edgell Clarence HermanApril 21, 1920 ~ October 12, 2017 (age 97)
Edgell Clarence "Ted" Herman
April 21, 1920 - October 12, 2017
E.C. "Ted" Herman, second born child of Delia Mae (Walker) and Daniel Herman, was born in the midst of a late April blizzard near Lingle, Wyoming. The doctor couldn't get his old car through the snow drifts, so Ted's dad assisted with his birth. Ted disliked being cold for the rest of his life and would often sit in hot cars and take naps during summer. At 3 or 4 he got into the horse corral and was kicked in the head and Mom had to rescue him. After that he didn't like horses either. Mom drove him and his older brother Dan out to her homestead in a one-horse buggy and locked the boys in the cabin, and saddled the buggy horse to check her cattle near Pine Ridge, Wyoming.
When Ted saw the road as an adult it looked dangerously impassable to him. He attended first grade in Lingle, WY but was very ill that winter, missing a lot of school.
When they moved to New Plymouth, he had to start first grade over. Ted's dad managed fruit orchards around New Plymouth. The family had lots of fruit and a huge garden which formed a lifetime of good eating habits. When he was a junior in high school he earned letters in basketball and baseball and graduated from New Plymouth High School in 1939. As a senior he drove the school bus, and each family was supposed to pay him 25 cents per month, but those were hard times and a lot of families couldn't pay. After graduating Ted, Don Flock, and Clarence Nelson worked the pea harvest at Milton-Freewater, first in the fields and then in the cannery. His parents helped him to rent 200 acres southeast of New Plymouth and Ted said he would have starved if his parents hadn't brought a good meal over once a week. It was here that Ted purchased the johnny popper tractor that was the first tractor owned by the Herman family. They worked with horses prior to this. He purchased it from Gimble Tractor with 600 hours on it for a price of $640 and it was pretty and green. Ted's younger brother Harry converted the horse-drawn equipment to pulled by the tractor and even made a front end loader for it. About this time WWII was warming up and Ted and Bernard Campo rode the bus to Boise to enlist in the army, on March 6, 1942. He went to Camp Callen in California, from there to the Hawaiian Islands, on Diamond Head. Here he had a vision of a woman he later was married to for 64 years. He did not realize until 3 or 4 years into his marriage with Pat that she was the beautiful, black haired, snapping black eyed woman in his vision. He served 43 months in a combat zone and was honorably discharged on October 1, 1945. Ted arrived home to New Plymouth on October 3, 1945. His pretty green tractor, being one of the the only ones in the New Plymouth area, was used for thousands of hours doing custom work by his brother Harry and his dad during the time Ted was away, and was a rusted brown hulk but still in use.
He married Patricia Ruth Spratt on November 3, 1951. She brought with her to the marriage, her children, Patricia Ann and William Carl Flock. In the fall of 1952, they bought the present day farm and in 1953 they built the house from an army barracks house that Ted bought and moved from Ontario, Oregon. They moved to the newly rebuilt home in Emmett, at the present home site in March of 1954. Claire Marie was born in 1952, Ruth Ellen in 1956, James Clarence in 1957, and Mary Jean in 1959. Ted dairy farmed, which was a 24/7 job, but managed to take his family on a camping trip at least once a year. Ted also worked at the Emmett Boise Cascade Sawmill for seven years from 1955 to 1962. After that, besides milking cows and raising crops, he owned the Emmett Mobile Butchering. Ted and Pat sold the majority of the holstein dairy herd in the early 1970's.
After returning home from WWII Ted joined the American Legion and when the VFW was forming a new post in New Plymouth, he joined as a charter member. He rose through the ranks in the State offices, but obligations to family and farm kept him from going on to any national positions. At the time of his death, Ted was the last surviving charter member of the Leland F. Thomas VFW Post 9036. Ted was an avid fisherman, hunter, and rockhound. While on their many rock hunting excursions, Ted always insisted that Pat wear a 'hunter orange' sweatshirt so that he could find her if she got lost. More than likely it was so he could find his way back when he got to the top of a mountain and wasn't sure which way to go to get back to where he started!
Ted was on the Enterprise Ditch Company Board. He was a member of the Nampa ELKS Lodge, where he and Pat took ballroom dance lessons. They spent many enjoyable evenings dancing to 'Big Band' era music. The couple also played pinochle and other card games with friends Lee and Mary Rood. Ted and Pat were members of the Squaw Butte Rockhounds and later The Owyhee Gem and Mineral Society. He and Pat wintered in Quartzsite, Arizona for 13 years. They went on many field trips with Jack and Pat Whitney and all the other rockhunting friends. In Arizona they found new friends Jim and Jan and also spent many hours in the desert hunting rocks and just looking at scenery.
After nearly sixty years of silence Ted began to talk about his early life and the horrific experiences he had while in the army serving his country. Kelsy from Heart 'n Home talked Ted into going to the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa where he was video interviewed about his experiences and memories of WWII, for the Veteran's History Project. He did an excellent job on the video. The recordings of the Veterans are being sent to the library of Congress, keeping a copy of each interview also in the museum in Nampa.
As much as Ted cussed those blankety blank cows, he took great pleasure the last few years in watching the spring crop of calves play in the fields east of the house. He also enjoyed the antics of the 'first house cat' Fluffy for the last two years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and all of his siblings, his wife Pat, and children Pat Morris and Bill Flock, a granddaughter and several nephews. Ted is survived by his son-in-law John Morris of Glenns Ferry, ID; daughter-in-law Nancy Flock, Spokane, Wa.; daughter Marie Warehime (Scott Kammeyer) of St. Maries, ID; daughter Ruth Herman of Boise, ID; son Jim Herman (Lori) of Emmett, ID; and daughter Jean Herman of Boise, ID. Grandchildren Beth (Neil) Kerr, Jeff Gilmore, Lisa Paulson, David (Chanell) Flock, James (Starla) Flock, Angela (Demontate) Lopp, Lance Warehime, Staci (Brett) Rogers, Ryan (Jessica) Herman, Jason (Ann) Herman. Great grandchildren Christopher, Ryan, Trevor, Riley, Isaiah, Bekah, Peyton, Kayla, Ja'Kolbe, Jai'dynn, Layci, Lydia, Jayce, Cali, Ty, Otis, Isabella, Eleanor, Brandon, Bailey, and great- great granddaughter Aspyn. Ted is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Heart 'n Home Hospice staff, especially Tracy, Kelsey, Sam, Valerie, Beth, Brandy, Heather; volunteer visitor Barb, Trinity's staff and Ted's main caregiver, Christine Thompson, who came to be like a member of the family, Katherine and Holly for loving care during Ted's final journey. A memorial service will be held Nov. 11 at the Emmett First Baptist Church, 126 S. Hayes Avenue, Emmett, Idaho at 10 am with a Harvest luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Warhawk Air Museum, 201 Municipal Drive, Nampa, Idaho 83687, in E.C. 'Ted' Herman's name. Visit www.bowmanfuneral.com