Vernon “Vern” Herrman, 86, Hays, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born May 1, 1929, in Liebenthal to Raymond and Lucy (Steckline) Herrman.

He married Dorothy Huber on May 10, 1951, in Hays. He was owner and operator of Vern Herrman Motor Supply since 1954, a total of 62 years in downtown Hays.

He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church and was a member of the Kansas National Guard. He helped manage his son’s band for a number of years The Tempests a Hays band from the 1960s. The Tempests were inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame at Lawrence in March 2013.

He enjoyed trapshooting, hunting, fishing and camping.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; four sons, John Herrman and wife, Terri, St. Louis, David Herrman and wife, Deanna, and Marc Herrman, all of Hays and Ron Herrman and wife, Cheryl, Russell; a son-in-law, Kevin Schukman, Hays; a brother, Raymond Herrman and wife, Katie, Lawrence; a sister, Luella Bieker, Hays; a sister-in-law, Donna Herrman, Phoenix; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kathleen Schukman; a brother, LeRoy Herrman; and a brother-in-law, Clarence Bieker.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601; private family inurnment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays.

Family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to Kansas Music Hall of Fame in care of the mortuary.

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