Herman R. Pullman, 76, of Meridian, Idaho, lived a blessed, loving & wonderful life until his passing while alongside of his son & best friend, Chris. Both passed away in a tragic plane accident while flying over one of their favorite places, the Owyhee Mountains, on the morning of Sunday, September 30th, 2018. They both are deeply loved & will be dearly missed.
Herm was the third child born to Eugene J. Pullman & Faye O. (Maughan) Pullman at home in Heyburn, Idaho. In 1953, the family moved to Boise, where Herm graduated from Boise High School in 1960 & later attended Boise Junior College. He grew up playing football & basketball, racing his hot rod cars & was one of the founding members of the car club “The Drifters” established in 1958. Herm made a lot of life-long friends in school that he kept in contact throughout the years. Growing up, Herm worked for his father’s company, Pullman Masonry where he learned to work hard & strong business ethics that he carried all throughout his life.
On August 17, 1965, Herm joined the Army National Guard in Carson City, Nevada & then transferred to the Idaho Air National Guard at Gowen Field in Boise, ID where he retired with honors on December 31, 1996. Herm earned many awards throughout his 31 year career with the IANG, including achieving the highest enlisted rank of Chief Master Sargent. Along with his successful military career, he made so many amazing friends that Herm cherished. With his military career, Herm also got to travel the world from Fairbanks, Alaska to many other states & serving in deployments to Saudi Arabia & Turkey. Another highlight was when Herm & his family were all able to watch Air Force One land at Gowen Field & shake President Jimmy Carter’s hand.
On February 26, 1966 in Wilder, Idaho Herm married the love of his life, Janice F. Dennis. They lived in McCall, Idaho for 6 years, where Herm worked with the forest service and found a passion and a talent in building, restoring and racing motorcycles. At one time Herm was proud to say he had the fastest motorcycle in all of Valley County. While living in McCall, Herm & Jan were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Heidi Jo. They moved to Meridian and 2 years later, they were blessed with their son Christopher Troy. They lived in their beautiful & loving home for 47 years that Dad nicknamed “Rancho No Gotta”. After Herm’s retirement from the IANG, he started Pullman Tractor Works & sold the business 4 years later, so that he could play more & indulge in his passion for hot rods. He bought his beloved 1950 Ford Pickup in its famous “Blurpul” color. He went to almost all the car shows in the valley & won many trophies that he was very proud of. Herm had a lot of “hot rod buddies” & met them all for coffee every Tuesday morning which he was always looked forward to. Vintage camp trailers later became another restoration passion of Herm’s where his talent & creativity shined through. Herm was always working on projects & had many interests that kept him busy & entertained.
More than anything, Herm loved & adored his family & friends dearly. He was the proud owner of a big personality, a huge heart, great sense of humor, he loved to playfully tease, had an infectious laugh, a leadership mentality with a strong sense of integrity. Herm always had very high standards, moral, ethics & values that many people admired & respected him for. He taught his family & friends so much about life & had many pieces of advice & funny quotes that came to be known as “Hermanology”. Herm taught his family to play “Idaho Rummy” card game & would say that he was going to “teach us a lesson” while calling himself “The Master” of the game. He was so proud to see his granddaughters sometimes beat him at his own game & then he would say “anybody can win with jokers”. He also enjoyed hunting, camping, growing his veggie garden & flowers, riding his 4-wheeler & exploring the beautiful state of Idaho that he knew very well & was an avid Idaho History buff. Herm & Jan bought their family cabin in Terrace Lakes Rec. Ranch in 1980, where they loved to play golf, swim & have yummy bbq’s with family, friends & created many fun & happy memories. Herm was always involved & so proud of his kid’s & grandkids activities & achievements with playing football, basketball, showing sheep at the fairs in 4-H & FFA. Herm & his family took many fun & wonderful trips to the Oregon Coast, Disneyland, Hawaii, toured National Parks & cruises to Mexico & Alaska when we would ask him what his favorite part of the trip was, he would say “going home”. He was also well known to take any dirt road he could find & explore new scenery’s. He was a member of the Meridian United Methodist Church, Heyburn AF&AM Lodge, American Legion & Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Herm is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Janice F. Pullman; daughter Heidi J. Berry; former son-in-law Jason L. Berry; daughter-in-law LeAnn Pullman, son Kory Everts and wife Cathi; 6 beautiful granddaughters Hannah and Emily Berry, Anna, Sarah, and Katie Pullman, Nicole Hjelmervik & husband Jonathan & 1 Grandson Dillon Everts & his wife Amanda. Three precious great grandchildren, Maci and Kynadi Hjelmervik and Layton Everts; loving sisters, Judi Ogawa (late husband Mos Ogawa), Katherine Spangenberg and husband Dave, sister -in-law Phyllis Pullman (late husband Eugene L. Pullman), along with many nieces and nephews.
Herm was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene L. Pullman & Herm’s beloved son, Christopher Pullman.
Herm had an amazing life that was always full laughter, hugs & most importantly love. That love will continue to live in our hearts, forever & always.
A celebration of Herm’s life will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11 am at the Idaho State Veteran’s Cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Rd in Boise, ID and a Memorial service immediately following held at 1 pm at the Meridian Methodist Church, 235 E. Pine Ave. in Meridian, ID.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho, 101 Warm Springs Ave. Boise, Idaho 83712, www.rmhcidaho.org