Felix Herrman, 87, died Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit. He was born on December 26, 1925, in rural Rush County near Liebenthal, Kansas, the son of John L. and Katherine (Weber) Herrman. He was a lifelong resident of Liebenthal until he resided in La Crosse in 2007. He worked for the city of Liebenthal and was a past member of the city council. He also assisted St. Joseph Church with maintenance projects. For most of his life, he was self-employed, providing various services to residents of the surrounding area with upholstery, electronic and appliance repairs, and mechanical and carpentry projects. He was skilled in portrait drawing and as a guitarist. He authored booklets on the history of the Herrman family and his military service.
Mr. Herrman was a United States Army veteran of World War II, entering service in July 1944 at the age of 18. He was an infantryman in the Philippines, where he was the lone survivor of his unit assigned to secure the Villa Verde Trail along the foothills of the Caraballo Mountains in the Luzon Campaign. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic actions he performed in the campaign, officially reported at that time as "some of the bloodiest fighting in the history of the United States Army."
Survivors include two sisters, Isabelle A. Befort, Lyons, and JoHanna M. Herrman, La Crosse; and 11 nephews: EImo and Roger Kuhn; Gary, Larry and Gregory Noller; Robert and Eugene Befort; William, Leo, John and Paul Basgall; and 8 nieces: Noller family -- Paula Jack and Wanda Sartorius; Herrman family -- Betty Shea, Juanita Farney, Jane King, Virgina Love and Linda Bolster; Basgall family -- Sylvia Gross. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harry J. Herrman and Jerome "Jim" Herrman; four sisters, Louise Noller, Hilda Mazouch, Lorene Kuhn and Frances Basgall; and one nephew and three nieces: Kuhn family -- Mildred Burk; Herrman family -- Leonard Herrman (infant), Janine Herrman and Joyce Birdsell.
Visitation will be on December 19, 2013, at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Janousek Funeral Home, with a vigil service and rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation Friday December 20, 2013, at 10 a.m. to noon at the Janousek Funeral Home. Church Visitation from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church Liebenthal, Kansas.
Mass of Christian burial at 2:00 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Liebenthal, with Father Matthew Kumi officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Liebenthal, with military rites conducted by the VFW from Hays, Kansas.
Memorials are suggested for Mass intentions or to the Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit in care of Janousek Funeral Home, 719 Pine, La Crosse. KS 67548.
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