Charles Edwin Herman, 90, most recently from Michigan City, Indiana and previously from Hinsdale, Illinois and Lathrup Village, Michigan, died peacefully on October 23, 2021.
Chuck was a professional writer and animated storyteller who preferred acting over theories and plans. This bias led him to all kinds of interesting places, conversations, jobs, and experiences.
The original receipt from Detroit Woman’s Hospital showed Alice (Boyle) Herman, husband Rudolph Herman, on 24 and 20 minutes later. In this way he went into everything. Eleven days later, the total bill was $ 111.10, which he thought was a great bargain, although he admitted that his opinion may have been influenced by his involvement.
Over the next 13 years, he was followed by four brothers and a sister, Tom, Jack, Bill, Fred and Alice. He grew up in Grosse Pointe and St. Clair Shores, Michigan, attended De La Salle High School in Detroit, Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Jesuit Seminary in West Baden, Indiana, where he studied Latin and Greek and earned a bachelor’s degree received a Masters in Philosophy from Xavier University and taught at Loyola University in Chicago.
Chuck left the Jesuits after eight years but never stopped being a teacher, always ready for an anecdote or just a familiar guiding punch line for those closest to him. He found work as a speechwriter at Jam Handy in Detroit, which he liked because he always had something to say. A few years later, he moved into public and government affairs for Ford Motor Company at its world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. There he met his wife Patricia Anne (Kuhary) Herman from Dearborn and made such an impression on their first date that she went home and told her mother she would marry him.
They became engaged four months later and married in May 1963. They had three children, Michael (Jill Perkins) of Boise, Idaho, Mark (Amy McIntyre) of Chicago, and Theresa (George Uricoechea) of Urbana, Illinois. In 1977 they moved to Hinsdale outside of Chicago when he was named Regional Government Affairs Manager, the position he held until his retirement in 1993. They were blessed in the first decade of the new century with three grandchildren, Tess Uricoechea, Charlie Herman and Lauren Herman, whom they both loved, enjoyed and encouraged.
During his 30 years at Ford, he authored the plaque marking Henry Ford’s birthplace, a pamphlet sent to all Ford shareholders to commemorate Henry Ford’s 100th birthday, speeches for Henry Ford II and a four-page letter showing 750 cars sold. He represented the company in 12 state capitals and helped pass the seat belt law, which is still saving lives decades later.
In retirement, Chuck brought the Shoreline History Tour to life on the Chicago River, rewriting the old recorded script, and training other instructors to deliver it live. He served in the Queen of All Saints Parish. He has written a book about doing business with the government, a book of his own favorite life stories, travel and sailing stories, letters to editors (almost always published!), And most recently a brochure on Duneland Beach.
He grew up sailing on Lake St. Clair and raced twice from Chicago to Mackinac. After all, he and Pat traveled to all 50 states, most of the provinces of Canada and many places in Europe and the Caribbean. He was a golfer, wood carver, and household engineer who always fixed and improved things.
He was not deterred by great challenges or long opportunities. As he once told Ford executives, “Do I think we can do this? No. But I think we should try.” When they finally succeeded, Ford Motor Company’s quarterly report to shareholders reported one-time savings of $ 362 million. This attitude and the support of his family kept him at work – and also through his many major health challenges.
He leaves behind his wife, children, grandchildren and three youngest siblings. The tour will be held at the Queen of All Saints Legacy Center on East Barker Avenue in Michigan City at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 29, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the church. The funeral will take place on Saturday, October 30th, in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Milford, Michigan, on the property founded in 1909 by the Boyle family.
Thanks to everyone at Dunes Hospice and Memory Care at Residences at Coffee Creek. Instead of flowers, donations to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, and Loyola University Chicago are encouraged.
Let’s hope with confidence that everything will be fine. – Abraham Lincoln
Published by La Porte County Herald-Dispatch on October 26, 2021.